Chilli Non Carne


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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

30-40 minutes, depending on how quick you are!
Diabetic friendly
Gluten free
No sesame
No soya
Reduced sugar

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)


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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My top tip for fantastic


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.