If using a stove, heat your pot and oil to medium heat, add in your diced onions. Cook until translucent, about four minutes.
Then add in your protein and cook until browned, about five minutes. If using the vegan crumbles just add the package into the pot and let the low heat cook it. From here just add in the rest of your ingredients and spices and simmer on low heat for about an hour.
You can also just dump this whole recipe into a crock pot and let sit on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8. This is the easiest and quickest way to make it!
Notes: We made this chili vegan by using the Lightlife brand of vegan crumbles. You can customize it to your liking however, by using meat or not including either! To give your chili some extra oomph you can replace your vegetable stock with a bottle of your favorite beer.