This chilli is so easy to make – I don’t use any substitute for the mince, just veggies and beans so you can throw in whatever you’ve got lying around in the fridge and the cupboard!
This makes enough to feed 4
greedy hungry people.
1 red onion
1 stick of celery
1 red pepper
1 good sized courgette
6 (ish) small mushrooms
1 400g can red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
2 x 400ml cartons tomato passata (or chopped tomatoes)
1 large green chilli (finely chopped – I leave the seeds in)
1 or 2 cloves garlic (peeled and minced / grated / finely chopped)
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (hot)
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp mustard powder
Good sprinkling of crushed black pepper, and salt if you need to.
(for the rice and chips on the side: about 4 good sized potatoes, 300-400g rice, and a handful of frozen garden peas)
- Chop your veg into small pieces.
- Get a drizzle of oil in a pan on medium heat, and add your onion, celery, mushrooms, pepper and courgette
- Once they are softened, add the kidney beans, and let them heat up for a few minutes
- Add the garlic and chilli, mix them through for no more than 30 seconds (it doesn’t take long to burn the garlic and burnt garlic is horrible)
- Add the tomatoes (using passata just makes for a thicker sauce, but chopped tomatoes are fine) and mix well
- Add the spices – cayenne, paprikas, mustard, black pepper – and the honey.
- Give it a good stir and let it simmer, lid on, for at least 30 mins (use this time to make some rice & chips to serve it with!)
Rice & Chips (fries…)
- Get your oven nice and hot around 200 degrees
- Use about 1 potato per person, I don’t bother peeling them, just wash and chop into chunks of your choice, then place them on kitchen paper to drain excess water (this will make them crispier)
- Toss them in a little oil, then place on a baking tray and pop them in the oven (depending on the size of the chips, they will take 30-45 mins, so keep an eye on them and turn them now and again)
- Bring a large pan of water to boil, and add 75-100g rice per person. I like to use a mix of long grain & wild rice which takes about 20 mins, but you can use any rice you fancy – just allow longer cooking time for brown and wholegrain rice. (it’s nice to throw in a handful of frozen peas while the rice is cooking – the peas add to the sweetness of the rice, and make it look pretty too…)
- Take the chilli off the heat to rest for 5-10 mins before the rice & chips are ready, then when it’s all done, drain the water from the rice, take the chips from the oven, and serve!
Cooking isn’t an exact science. Use what you like and omit what you don’t like. If you want it mild, don’t use chilli and cayenne (you could chuck a bay leaf in for extra flavour). If your sauce is too watery, adding a can of adzuki beans or about 30g dry lentils is a good way to thicken it up, just allow a little longer time for the lentils to cook and keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t become too dry. And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask :)