Simple Chilli

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

Quick meal
Kids recipe

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Mexican, Central and South American


  • mains




  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 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
  • 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
  • 3 stock cubes (mixed with tiny bit of boiling water to dissolve)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 125ml/½ cup red wine or boiling water
  • 1-2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1-2 tsp sugar or syrup (optional)

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 spices and fry for a further 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic 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.

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