Is Florida the Most Vegan-Obsessed State?

A new study ranks each U.S. state by its vegan-related Internet searches
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Are you craving some tofu bolognese pasta? Maybe a dairy- and meat-free nacho dip? Then you might be vegan-obsessed, and a new study has zeroed in on the states most likely to be filled with vegan-recipe-seeking residents.

Easy Vegan Recipes recently examined search volume data for vegan-related phrases in each U.S. state per 100,000 residents. The search volumes of the following terms were analyzed over the past 12 months: vegan, vegan restaurant, vegan substitutes, vegan recipes, and vegan desserts.

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The state most vegan-obsessed is New York, says the website, with 594.64 vegan-related searches per 100,000 residents. New York is followed by Oregon, Hawaii, California and Washington.

Curious about where Florida lands? The Sunshine State ranks No. 12 among vegan-obsessed states with 256.85 vegan-related searches per 100,000 residents.

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North Dakota is the least-vegan-obsessed state, followed by Mississippi, South Dakota, West Virginia and Arkansas.

In addition to discovering the most vegan-obsessed states, the study also revealed the most popular vegan recipe searched for online to be vegan chili. The phrase ‘vegan chili recipe’ is searched online an estimated 13,000 times monthly in the United States.

On the off chance you made it this far in the article and now really want a recipe for vegan chili, here’s the recipe suggested by Easy Vegan Recipes.

The Ultimate Vegan Chili Recipe

(6 servings)

Meaty Tofu Crumbles

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce *tamari for gluten-free
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 14-ounce block firm tofu


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • (2) 28-oz cans crushed tomatoes
  • (2) 15-oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • (1) 15-oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste


Make the tofu crumbles

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the soy sauce, nutritional yeast, chili powder and smoked paprika. It will be pasty. Now crumble the tofu into the bowl with your hands, and mix together using a large spoon until well combined with the paste.
  • Spread the tofu mixture evenly in the pan. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring the tofu halfway through. Once the tofu is in the oven, start the chili.

Prepare chili on the stovetop

  • In a large pot over medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the chopped onion and sauté 3-4 minutes until translucent. Add in the garlic and cook 1 more minute, stirring constantly.
  • Now add all the rest of the chili ingredients, except the tofu, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes until the tofu crumbles are done baking.
  • If a thicker consistency is desired, use an immersion blender and blend just a few times. Do this before you add the tofu.
  • Once the tofu crumbles are done, stir them into the pot. All done! Serve with vegan sour cream, cornbread, tortilla chips, cilantro, tomatoes, hot sauce, vegan cheese shreds, and chives, if desired.

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