Chili Meat Ball Subs (Vegan)

April 22, 2013

Hey, remember those vegan chili meat balls from Friday?  This sandwich is what I did with them (well, in addition to just popping them in my mouth, smashing them on toast with a slice of cheese, and throwing a few on a salad).  I’ve probably said a million times already how I stopped eating meat so young, that I never tried a lot of different things.  A meatball sub is one of those many things.  They always look so hearty and so satisfying.  I’ve made a few with more traditional meatless meatballs (and I promise to eventually post the recipe.  Not sure why I haven’t yet), but I was craving something a little more inventive last week.


I know you’re all so eager and have already made the meatballs 😉 so all you have left is to make the cheese sauce and slap it in a bun.  I started with my vegan nacho cheese sauce in mind but took a few turns and made something different.  There is normally some amount of tomatoes or tomato base in chili and I mostly omitted that from the meat balls, so I wanted to make sure there was a good amount of tomato in the sauce.  It comes together pretty quickly and you can easily whip this up while the meatballs are in the oven.


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Chili Meat Ball Subs (Vegan)

  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • ¾ c unsweetened almond milk (or other milk)
  • ½ c nutritional yeast
  • ¼ tsp liquid smoke
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ ts onion powder
  • dash paprika
  • ½ tsp soy sauce (or GF/soy free substitute)
  • Up to 2 tbsp cornstarch + 4 tbsp water
  • Chili meat balls, prepared
  • Sub or Hoagie buns (whole wheat, GF or “regular”)

  1. Mix tomatoes (undrained!) through soy sauce in a small sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. Mix 1 tbsp cornstarch with 2 tbsp water and whisk into sauce. Bring to an almost-boil and reduce heat to thicken. If necessary, add an additional 1 tbsp cornstarch with 2 tbsp water to reach desired thickness (for these sandwiches, I went the extra thick route so I wouldn’t make a mess eating them!)
  3. Lightly toast hoagie buns in the oven, if desired. Add 3 – 4 meatballs per sub (or whatever will fit) and top with cheese sauce.


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    Natalie Apr 23, 2013

    Great meal, healthy and filling!

    moderngirlnutrition Apr 22, 2013

    SO creative. And that sauce looks like heaven 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    Becky @ Olives n Wine Apr 22, 2013

    Holy molies – I love this idea!! I used to be a vegetarian and I’ve been trying to move back to that recently. I LOVE meatball subs – what a great idea to have a hearty “meaty” meal that is vegan 🙂

    Reeni Apr 22, 2013

    These look just as good as any beefy meatball I’ve ever had! Especially with that sauce! Make them extra special!

    cleaneatingveggiegirl Apr 22, 2013

    So, so, so, so amazing! Seriously, these pictures are making me drool! 😉 Anyone who says that vegans do not eat delicious food is really fooling themselves!

      Kelly Apr 22, 2013

      I always think vegan foods end up twice as delicious because you have to be a little more thoughtful when you’re cooking 🙂

    Joanne Apr 22, 2013

    I’ve actually yet to attempt meatless meatballs but they are on my to-do list! This sub looks awesome!

      Kelly Apr 22, 2013

      If you want a more traditional meatball for your first meatless one, stay tuned. I plan on finally getting around to posting one in the next week or two.

    rebacox Apr 22, 2013

    I love the new header too! I Plan on making the meatballs when I get back from a work trip next week. I’ll let you know how they turn out.

    Em @ Love A Latte Apr 22, 2013

    Vegan nacho cheese sauce?! Brilliant! You know how to eat! 🙂 And I love the new header!

      Kelly Apr 22, 2013

      Thanks! It’s a work in progress yet, we weren’t thinking about the size when we took the picture, so it’s not spaced perfectly how I’d like it. But definitely better than the plain text we had 🙂