the kitchen diaries: vegetarian chilli

If you follow me on twitter you might have seen that I'm slowly switching into becoming a vegetarian/pescatarian and while doing so I'm also branching out my meals from pasta, pasta and more pasta (I wish I was joking!)  As part of this I've recently been a lot better at using the recipe books that have been gathering dust on various shelves since first year and the result of that was me making a mega mess in the kitchen to use way more pans than needed to make this vegetarian chilli!

I kind of took two recipes, mushed them together and then adapted as I cooked.  The chilli I made was only vegetarian as my quinoa says it may contain traces of milk (?) but I'm sure finding a different quinoa (or not including it) to make it suitable for vegans as well would be pretty easy!

1 x 400g can of Black beans (I used Dunns River but there are tons of brands out there)
1 or 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Half an onion, chopped
Half a red pepper, sliced
1 sweet potato, cubed
Handful of peas (optional)
1 red chilli, deseeded & finely chopped (optional)
200ml vegetable stock
1 x 400g can of chopped tomatoes
2 tsp chilli powder
1tsp ground cumin
Ground black pepper
Quinoa (I just poured a random amount out and hoped for the best; and this is optional; you can also add Quorn or simply leave it out completely!)

*Note* Different brands of black beans need different things doing to them so definitely check whether yours need soaking over night or a simple rinse before you cook them up!

-Rinse beans in cold water then put on to boil for 10 minutes before draining (I rinsed them again but it depends how strong a flavour you want) and stand to one side
-Prepare vegetable stock; I used hot water and a Tesco stock cube!
-Chop the onion, garlic, pepper and chilli.
-Heat up a splash of oil then add onion and pepper to the pan
-Once onion has soften add the garlic and chilli, cook for a few minutes or until the pepper has softened.
-Add chilli power, black pepper & cumin; stir for 30 seconds before adding the canned tomatoes, beans and vegetable stock.
-While this is boiling chop up the sweet potato.  I find it easier to chop it up quite big at first and then chop the pieces smaller once they've softened in the pan.
-Drop in the potato and stir.
-Leave to simmer on a low heat until the potato is soft and the sauce has reduced down.
-Add the quinoa (this is when I added my handful of peas & a sneaky third teaspoon of chilli powder to up the flavour a little more)
-Stir occasionally to make sure it doesn't stick - you might need to add in a couple of splashes of water
-When the quinoa is cooked; take it off the heat completely and give it a really good stir.
-Plonk it in a bowl and enjoy!

For me this made enough for three days worth; perfect for the day after I made it when I got home from the final day of rehearsals, very hungry, very tired and very happy I didn't have to then cook something.  To reheat the chilli I just addded a tiny bit of water and put it on a very low heat until it was hot through; and the third portion is in my freezer!  Even though it did take over an hour from first chop to first taste it was a very easy dish to make and I feel it would be very simple to adapt or alter as you wish.  

If you do make this then please let me know as I would love to know what you think / how you found it!

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  2. This looks lovely, will definitely have to give it a go as I don't know many other vegetarian friendly recipes than pasta! Much admiration for vegetarians and vegans and currently, I would not be able to pull through with it!

  3. This looks and sounds so amazing! I'm so hungry now, haha!! I cannot wait to make this one day. Thanks for sharing babe. πŸŒΈπŸ’—✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x |

  4. Mmm this looks delish- right up my street! I've bookmarked this page and will hopefully give this recipe a try!

    Alice | Alice In Wonderlust

  5. This looks, delicious! I'll be saving this recipe to try for sure!

  6. This looks amazing and I need to make this! I'm not a massive meat person so this is right up my street! X