Chilli Non Carne

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This is a great one for making at the start of the week and freezing for quick meals. Serve with fluffy rice, cool vegan sour cream, guacamole and zingy lime for a taste sensation.

Photograph by Niki Webster.

Nutritional information based on one serving of the full recipe and a portion of the vegan sour cream.

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Preparation time

10 min

Cook time

40 min

Total time



Mexican, Central and South American


  • mains






44 g


31 g


17 g

* Nutritional information per serving.



  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 sticks celery, sliced into 0.5cm slices
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1-2 tsp hot chilli powder or 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp paprika or smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon or one cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 500g/17.5 oz vegan mince
  • 150ml/5 fl oz vegan red wine (use alcohol-free if needed) or use extra stock
  • 200ml/6.7 fl oz vegan stock (use 1 vegan stock cube in 200ml boiling water)
  • 1 x 400g/14 oz tin chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp sugar or syrup (eg maple or agave)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 x 400g/14 oz tin of kidney beans or black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Juice of 1 lime

Vegan sour cream (optional)

  • 175g/6 oz firm silken tofu (or any tofu, drained)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp neutral oil (eg rapeseed)
  • ½ tsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp syrup (eg maple or agave)
  • ¼ tsp salt

Optional toppings: fresh chilli, fresh coriander, guacamole, jalapenos, salsa, sriracha, toasted seeds, vegan grated cheese, vegan sour cream or vegan crème fraîche, vegan plain yoghurt



  1. Fry the onion in a little oil until soft (but not brown).
  2. Add the celery, carrot and pepper and fry for a further 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and fry for 2 more minutes.
  4. Stir through the spices and fry for another minute.
  5. add all of the remaining ingredients (apart from the kidney beans and lime juice), bring to the boil then leave to simmer for around 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Stir through the kidney beans and lime juice to 10 minutes before the end of cooking time.
  7. Taste the mixture and if needed, add more salt or syrup.

Vegan sour cream

  1. Blend the tofu until it is completely smooth and has lost its grainy texture.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  3. Add a little more oil, salt, syrup or vinegar if needed.

Serving suggestions: avocado, baked potato, baked sweet potato, brown rice, burritos, chips, crusty bread, guacamole, potato wedges, quinoa, salads, steamed or roasted vegetables, toast, tacos, tortilla chips, vegan hot dogs, wraps


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