Nothing says fall like pumpkin and a warm, comforting bowl of chili.
Several years ago, in my pre-vegan days, Sam the Cooking Guy planted in my head the idea of making chili on Halloween to enjoy cozied up with lawn chairs, blankets, and a fire pit in the driveway, while the local trick-or-treaters make their rounds.
Since I’m now at an age where it’s no longer socially acceptable to dress like a goofy pirate and go door to door for candy, Sam’s more grown-up friendly idea has stuck. Actually, I kinda prefer it to hiking all over town for treats – why not just relax, get comfortable, and treat ourselves?
Thus, it’s become my own little tradition to cook up a batch of chili for Halloween!
This vegan pumpkin chili with soyrizo totally fits the bill.
As if chili wasn’t comfort food enough, the pumpkin adds that subtle fall flavor we all know and love, while the soyrizo adds a crumbly, meaty texture and a touch of heat.
Now, while I haven’t gone to the trouble of dragging the fire pit to the front of the house (sorry, Sam), my Halloween rituals include:
- Carving a pumpkin, some years more complex than others (scroll down for pics)
- Lighting it up outside the door
- Cozying up with a bowl of chili and a blanket on the couch
- Watching a not-so-scary “scary” movie
- Lighting the fireplace, or candles, if there’s no fireplace
If you’re an introvert, you feel me, right?!
And yes, I’ll pause my movie when the doorbell rings to give the neighborhood kids (vegan) candy and check out their adorable costumes. I’m not a monster! 👻
Try this vegan pumpkin chili with soyrizo as a Halloween recipe or whenever you’re in the mood for some hearty, simple, fall comfort food!