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Simple Chilli

kid friendly
quick meals, fast feeds
cheap as chickpeas
1 spoon difficulty rating


Serves: 4-8

Simple Chilli

This is a great one for making at the start of the week and freezing for quick meals!



  • 1 large onion, finely diced (or use frozen)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped (or use frozen)
  • 2 red pepper, roughly chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1-2 tsp chilli powder
  • 450-500g/2 cups soya mince (supermarkets and health food shops will have this… see freezer section)
  • 3 stock cubes (mixed with tiny bit of boiling water to dissolve)
  • 1 tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tin pulses of your choice, drained and rinsed (eg chickpeas, black beans, extra kidney beans)
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes (optional) 
  • 3 stock cubes (mixed with tiny bit of boiling water to dissolve)
  • 125ml/ ½ cup red wine or boiling water
  • 1-2 tbsp tomato purée (optional)
  • 1-2 tsp sugar (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Serving suggestions: avocado, baked sweet potato, brown rice, fresh coriander, guacamole, jacket potato, lemon or lime, refried beans, salad, salsa, tortilla chips, vegan cheese, vegan natural yoghurt, vegan sour cream, wraps


  1. Fry the onion in a little oil until soft. 
  2. Add the celery, carrot, pepper and fry for a further 5-10 minutes. 
  3. Add the garlic and spices and fry for 1 more minute. 
  4. Add all of the remaining ingredients, bring to the boil then leave to simmer for around 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Taste the chilli and add black pepper and some salt if necessary. 

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