Coney Island Chili Sauce in the vegan world is an anomaly. I have seen recipe after recipe, all which generally contain beans, which isn’t a Coney Sauce Recipe; that’s chili.
Although I love chili, when we are talking about real Coney Chili Sauce, it is in a league all its own. Other vegan versions are made with soy crumbles, or chopped up veggie burger, and it lacks the consistency of a real Coney Sauce; the thick kind that has the consistency of a gratifying sauce to top your veggie dog, or your vegan chili fries.
ALTERNATIVE MEAT PROTEIN (AKA FAKE MEAT)
Despite the recent hype and debate over alternative meats available, I don’t think eating from time to time is a problem. For those who choose not to, there are plenty of soy based proteins like BOCCA original crumbles, which I like, or you can always use lentils in place of alternative meat.
Another great option for switching out alternative meat is mushrooms or tempeh. Both can be diced or made into a crumbled texture if preferred.
Beyond Meat, for example, is made with pea protein, is soy free, NON GMO, gluten free, and has 50 percent less fat than real ground beef (which isn’t even something I would EVER consider eating). So,I figured I would give it a try, and I picked up a bag in the freezer section of my local Whole Foods Market. Beyond Meat products are now sold at most grocery stores; I have even seen it at Target as well.
I love the pea covered bull (not cow) on the bag of Beyond Meat Crumbles, which is clever for us plant eaters. Anyway, I decided to make my own version of Coney Island Chili Sauce, and I must say, this product was AWESOME, as was my chili sauce if I don’t say so myself.
HOW TO COOK ALTERNATIVE MEAT
Similar to real ground beef, Beyond Meat Crumbles, as well as, Bocca Original Crumbles, are located in the freezer section of your local grocery store. In my store, for example, it is located in the “healthy” or plant-based section of the freezer department. Nowadays, there are meat alternatives also in the refrigerated section, in pound packages, as well as, prepared burgers.
Cooking plant-based meat alternatives are very similar to the way you would cook ground beef. Instead of using oil or any suggested grease, as directed, I use vegetable broth in my skillet to prevent sticking. I rest, for instance, is pretty self explanatory. You simply brown the plant based meat, as you would ground beef.
OTHER USES AND OPTIONS
Again, I am personally not a big fan of alternative meat products, but I do think they are great for people transitioning to a plant based diet, or experimenting with a different way of eating. Also, i don’t think eating alternative meat even once in a while, is the worst thing someone can do following a plant based diet. To each their own, and everything in moderation, especially if you are following a healthy plant based diet. In other words, there are way worse things you could eat.
With that being said, Beyond Meat, is certainly not “healthy” by any means, it does provide an avenue for those interested in grilling burgers, or finding a meat that crumbles for tacos, or chilis. Or, it simply works for those who enjoy it and choose to go that route.
For chili fries, I bake my potato wedges or slices without oil, or use my air fryer. For this particular Coney Sauce Recipe, I would recommend my The Perfect Crispy Air-Fried Steak Fries or, if you prefer sweet potato fries, try my Skinny AF Sweet Potato Fries. I also have another recipe for Skinny AF Loaded Chili Fries that uses regular vegan chili, with beans, as an alternative to making vegan coney sauce. Either way, chili fries are fabulous, especially a healthy, vegan version.