Super Bowl Chili with Lightlife (And a Giveaway!)

This post was solicited by Lightlife. Aside from coupons for free products and for the giveaway, I received no additional compensation for this post.

“Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?!”

It’s a great time to be a New England Patriots fan as they head towards their umpteenth AFC Championship game and then hopefully on to the Super Bowl! As exciting as it might be to watch them play for the second year in a row, just getting to see them make it this far in the Brady/Belichick era is exciting enough.

And aside from the excitement of the game, another highlight is, of course, the food! A lot of Super Bowl parties include the best snacking foods: nachos, wings, pizza, chili. For the most part, indulging in these is absolutely acceptable, but other times you just want to “healthify” it up a bit. And that’s where Lightlife products come in!

From their website:

Since 1979, we’ve been dedicated to making great tasting vegetarian food for a better you and a better planet. Giving back to the community has been a priority since the very beginning, and we’ve contributed 5% of our profits every year to organizations that support our mission.

The company is based locally, in Turner Falls, MA, but is responsible for being the first company to introduce tempeh to the mainstream market. In the subsequent years, they created Fakin’ Bacon, tofu hot dogs, veggie hot dogs, and smart deli meat. You can read more about their story and mission here.

To come up with healthy and satisfying snack for the big game, I turned to one of my favorites: chili. For that, I purchased the veggie sausage and combined it into a recipe I found on


Easy Chili Recipe
Makes 6-8 servings

1 container of Lightlife Gimme Lean meatless sausage
1 onion, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 (14-1/2-ounce) canned diced tomatoes
2-3 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin

Cook first 4 ingredients in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until veggie sausage crumbles and starts to brown. Place mixture in 5-quart slow cooker; stir in diced tomatoes and remaining ingredients. Cook at HIGH 3 to 4 hours or at LOW 5 to 6 hours.

Beans can be included; I omitted them so that David could enjoy the chili with me. 🙂

The batch came out pretty spicy, but just as spicy as a good chili should be. Make no mistake, the veggie sausage doesn’t have the same consistency as ground beef but still tasty nonetheless. I topped mine with shredded Mexican cheese and some tortilla chips for the crunch.

And now…the giveaway!

Lightlife is offering coupons to three lucky winners for a free product!


Just leave a comment with the product you’d like to try, and I’ll pick three winners on Tuesday, January 26!

For an additional entry, let me know what’s your favorite Super Bowl snack!


10 thoughts on “Super Bowl Chili with Lightlife (And a Giveaway!)”

  1. I am most interested in trying their Smart Bacon, but I didn’t see a single product on their site I wouldn’t like to taste. The Smart Buffalo Wings would be an excellent option regarding the theme of this post.

  2. For the Super Bowl, I prefer finger foods that I can eat while still watching the game. Mozzerella sticks would be near the top of my list, as would a plate of nachos, that could be topped with some Smart Ground.

  3. I have had the Lightlife veggie dogs and tempeh but have not tried the Gimme lean beef yet so that is what I would like to try.

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