Vegan Gumbo with Spicy Crimson Bean Meatballs

This vegan gumbo is filled with juicy tomatoes, Cajun spices and hearty purple bean andouille meatballs! Serve it with rice for a hearty and flavor-packed vegan meal!

White wooden surface set with bunch of scallions, bottle of hot sauce and bowl of Vegan Gumbo.

I would had vegan gumbo on my to-make checklist for some time and I simply occurred to have some okra within the fridge. I by no means simply occur to have okra within the fridge, however I noticed some within the produce division at my grocery store the opposite day and acquired it on a whim. Excellent excuse to get to work on a recipe!

This gumbo is made with vegan meatballs (beanballs should you want). Conventional gumbo does not have meatballs, however we’re rule-breakers round right here.

Some variations of conventional gumbo do have andouille sausage, however selfmade vegan sausage is a much bigger undertaking than I believe most of us wish to cope with for a weeknight dinner.

Having mentioned that, should you’re in actual rush, there are even faster choices than meatballs. Attempt store-bought vegan sausage, seitan, and even only a can of purple beans.

Components You may Want

  • Olive oil. Use one other high-heat oil like avocado oil, coconut oil, or canola oil if you would like.
  • All-purpose flour. Complete wheat flour additionally works.
  • Onion.
  • Bell pepper.
  • Celery.
  • Garlic.
  • Vegetable broth.
  • Fireplace roasted tomatoes. Common previous canned diced tomatoes will work if these aren’t obtainable.
  • Okra. Use recent okra if you will discover it. In any other case, frozen okra works high-quality. Frozen orka is partially cooked, so thaw it and add it to the pot when your gumbo has about ten minutes of prepare dinner time left.
  • Vegan Worcestershire sauce. Most Worcestershire sauce incorporates anchovies, so watch out right here. Complete Meals’s, Annie’s and Edward & Sons manufacturers are all vegan. You can even use selfmade vegan Worcestershire sauce (it is simple!).
  • Spices. You may want paprika, cumin (for the beanballs solely), thyme, oregano, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and a bay leaf.
  • Salt.
  • Crimson kidney beans.
  • Panko breadcrumbs.
  • Soy sauce. Tamari or liquid aminos might be substituted if that is what you like.
  • Liquid smoke. You could find this close to the barbecue sauces on the grocery retailer. It’s very vegan and can add a number of smoky taste to your purple bean meatballs.
  • Scorching sauce. I like Crystal or Tabasco sauce with my vegan gumbo.
  • Rice. Gumbo is historically served with rice. I went with primary quick grain brown rice, however be at liberty to make use of your favourite.
  • Scallions. Often known as inexperienced onions.

Tip: One ingredient that I did not embrace however you may discover in lots of conventional gumbo recipes is filé, which is a powder created from sassafras leaves that primarily serves as a thickener. If you would like to serve your gumbo with filé, add a couple of teaspoons in the direction of the top of cooking, or sprinkle a bit over every bowl when serving.

How It is Made

The next is an in depth photograph tutorial on easy methods to make this dish. Scroll all the way in which down if you would like to skip proper to the recipe!

Roux cooking in a pot with whisk.
  • Make your roux first. Warmth the oil in a big pot and whisk within the flour. Cook dinner the combination, whisking consistently, till it darkens a bit and begins to odor nutty.
Hand stirring a pot of diced onions, peppers, and celery cooking in a roux.
  • Stir in diced onion, celery, and bell pepper. Cook dinner the veggies for about 5 minutes, till they begin to soften, then add the garlic and sauté it briefly till it turns into very aromatic.

Tip: Your roux is the thickener in your vegan gumbo, so do not omit it or skimp on the flour or oil.

Ingredients for making Vegan Gumbo in a pot.
  • Stir in your broth, tomatoes, okra, Worcestershire sauce and spices.
Vegan Gumbo simmering in a pot with wooden spoon.
  • Elevate the warmth and produce the liquid to a boil. Now decrease the warmth and let your gumbo simmer till the veggies are tender and the bottom has thickened up.
Blended mixture for making red bean vegan meatballs in a food processor bowl.
  • Make the beanballs whereas the gumbo simmers. Place the beans right into a meals processor bowl, together with panko breadcrumbs, soy sauce, liquid smoke, paprika, cumin, thyme, oregano and black pepper.
  • Briefly mix the components.
Red bean vegan meatballs in a skillet.
  • Roll the bean combination into balls, then brush or spritz them with some oil.
  • Bake the balls till they’re calmly browned, flipping them a few times throughout baking.
Bowl of Vegan Gumbo with bottle of hot sauce and bunch of scallions in the background.
  • Take away the bay leaf out of your gumbo and season it with salt and scorching sauce to style.
  • Divide the meatballs amongst bowls, then ladle the gumbo over them. Serve every bowl with a scoop of rice and a sprinkle of chopped scallions.

Leftovers & Storage

Leftover vegan gumbo will preserve in an hermetic container within the fridge for 3 to 4 days, or within the freezer for about 3 months. I like to recommend storing the stew individually from the meatballs (they get soggy!).

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Bowl of Vegan Gumbo with rice and chopped scallions.

Vegan Gumbo with Andouille Crimson Bean Meatballs

This vegan gumbo is filled with juicy tomatoes, Cajun spices and hearty purple bean andouille meatballs! Serve it with rice for hearty and flavor-packed vegan meal!

Complete Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Components

For the Vegan Gumbo

  • ¼
    cup
    olive oil

  • cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 1
    medium onion,
    diced
  • 1
    inexperienced bell pepper,
    diced
  • 2
    celery stalks,
    diced
  • 3
    garlic cloves,
    minced
  • 4
    cups
    vegetable broth
  • 1
    (14 ounce/400 gram) can
    fireplace roasted tomatoes
  • 2
    cups
    recent okra,
    tails and caps eliminated, minimize into 1-inch items (measure after reducing) (Notice 1)
  • 2
    tablespoons
    vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 2
    teaspoons
    paprika
  • 2
    teaspoons
    dried thyme
  • 1
    teaspoon
    black pepper
  • 1
    teaspoon
    dried oregano
  • 1
    bay leaf
  • Cayenne pepper,
    to style (I used ½ teaspoon)
  • Salt,
    to style
  • Scorching sauce,
    to style

For the Anduille Crimson Bean Meatballs

  • 1
    (14 ounce/400 gram) can
    purple kidney beans,
    drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½
    cups
    panko breadcrumbs
  • 1
    small onion,
    roughly chopped
  • 2
    garlic cloves,
    minced
  • 1
    tablespoon
    soy sauce
  • ½
    teaspoon
    liquid smoke
  • 1
    teaspoon
    paprika
  • 1
    teaspoon
    floor cumin
  • 1
    teaspoon
    dried thyme
  • 1
    teaspoon
    dried oregano
  • 1
    teaspoon
    black pepper
  • Salt,
    to style
  • Olive oil,
    for brushing or spraying (about 1 teaspoon)

For Serving

  • Cooked rice
  • Chopped scallions

Directions

To Make the Gumbo

  1. Coat the underside of a giant pot with the olive oil and place it over medium warmth.

  2. Whisk within the flour. Cook dinner the flour, whisking consistently, till it darkens in shade a bit and begins to odor nutty, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir within the onion, pepper and celery. Cook dinner the greens, for about 5 minutes, till they start to melt, stirring incessantly to stop the flour from burning.

  4. Add the garlic to the pot and prepare dinner it with the greens for about 1 minute, till very aromatic, stirring consistently.

  5. Stir within the broth, tomatoes, okra, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, thyme, pepper, oregano, cayenne pepper, and bay leaf. Elevate the warmth and produce the liquid to a boil.

  6. Decrease the warmth and permit the combination to simmer, stirring sometimes, till the broth is thick and the veggies are tender, about half-hour.

To Make the Meatballs

  1. Whereas the gumbo simmers, preheat the oven to 400° and calmly oil a baking sheet or oven-safe skillet.

  2. Place all components aside from the salt and olive oil into the bowl of a meals processor. Pulse the machine till the components are finely chopped and effectively blended, stopping to scrape down the edges of the bowl as wanted.

  3. Style-test the combination and season it with salt to style. Alter another seasonings to your liking.

  4. Roll the combination into 1-inch balls (you may get about about 24) and prepare them on the baking sheet or within the skillet. Flippantly brush or spray the balls with olive oil. 

  5. Bake the meatballs for about half-hour, or till calmly browned, flipping them as soon as midway via.

To Serve

  1. When the stew has completed simmering, take away the pot from warmth. Take away the bay leaf and season the gumbo with salt and scorching sauce to style.

  2. Divide the meatballs into bowls and ladle the gumbo over them. Serve with rice and high with scallions

Recipe Notes

  1. Frozen okra can be utilized if recent is not obtainable. Thaw it after which add it to the stew when it has about 10 minutes of simmer time left.
  2. When you have any leftovers, retailer the meatballs separate from the stew so they do not get soggy.
  3. Vitamin info doesn’t embrace rice.

Vitamin Info

Vegan Gumbo with Andouille Crimson Bean Meatballs

Quantity Per Serving

Energy 438
Energy from Fats 152

% Day by day Worth*

Fats 16.9g26%

Saturated Fats 2.6g13%

Sodium 1441mg60%

Potassium 906mg26%

Carbohydrates 54.9g18%

Fiber 13.4g54%

Sugar 9.4g10%

Protein 16.8g34%

Calcium 150mg15%

Iron 6.3mg35%

* % Day by day Values are based mostly on a 2000 calorie food plan.