Chilli Non Carne

 Vegan

 
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This Martin Shaw recipe is a Viva! classic - it's been fed to tens of thousands of people at Viva!'s Incredible Veggie Roadshows and ticks all the boxes: cheap, easy, freezes well and is enjoyed by meat eaters and veggies alike! Make it mild for kids/chilli-haters by using just a small amount of mild chilli powder and serving hot pepper sauce on the side for heat-lovers. 

Budget options: use dried savoury TVP (soya mince) and/or cooked whole lentils.
Soya-free and gluten-free? Omit veggie mince and use lentils/beans
Serving suggestions:  any or all of these
- Rice and/or warm tortillas. Discovery wholemeal wraps are vegan
- Guacamole - avocado dip. Just mash up an avocado, add salt, a little crushed garlic and a drop of lime juice
- Tomato salsa - home-made or bought
 

Serves: 
4-6
Time: 
30-40 minutes, depending on how quick you are!
Diabetic friendly
Gluten free
No sesame
No soya
Reduced sugar
Ingredients: 

2 tbsp sunflower oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
½ red pepper, chopped
1 medium courgette, chopped in half lengthways, then sliced
100g/4oz mushrooms, chopped
225g/8oz veggie mince (not Quorn. Try LInda McCartney or supermarket own-brands in the freezer) 
(See note above about alternatives to frozen veggie mince)
2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
1 tsp vegan bouillon powder OR 1 Green Oxo
1 tbsp tomato purée
1/2 tsp mild chilli powder (or more to taste)
1 tsp paprika OR smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tbsp peanut butter - magic ingredient. Try it. Really. Other nut butters are good too, eg cashew or almond
100g/4oz sweetcorn, rinsed and drained
1/2 tin (100-120g cooked) of beans: kidney beans or pinto
Salt if required (bouillon/stock cubes are quite salty)

Method: 

1. Fry onion and red pepper in oil until soft.

2. Add garlic, courgette and mushrooms and cook till mushrooms are golden brown.

3. Add mince and spices and fry 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly. (If mixture sticks, add some of tinned tomato juice.)

4. Add peanut butter and stir until it has melted in. Add the tinned tomatoes, stock cube/bouillon and tomato purée, stir well and simmer for 10 minutes over a low heat.

5. Add sweetcorn and kidney beans to chilli and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.

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Comments

My top tip for fantastic

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My top tip for fantastic Chilli is use Smoked Paprika, it adds a lovely depth of authentic flavour. Also dried Oregano and a squeeze of something sweet like Agave Syrup brings out the flavour and rounds the heat from the Chilli Powder.