This vegetarian chilli is cheap, a breeze to whip up from pantry staples and tastes great. In fact, it’s my go to recipe for clients wanting to try meat-free Mondays or to eat more legumes.
1 tspns Extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbspn smoked paprika
1 tbspn ground cumin
1 tbspn ground coriander
1 tbspn dried oregano
1 tspn dried chilli flakes (optional, more if you like it hot)
1/2 tspn cinnamon (trust me)
1 tspn sugar
300 g dried lentils/beans (I use 100 g each of red lentils, green lentils and black beans)
2 cans (400 g) diced tomatoes
1 can (400 g) kidney beans, drained
750 ml vegetable stock*, reduced sodium (I like vegeta)
250 ml water (standby)
Wholemeal Lebanese wraps (or flat bread)
1/2 cup frozen corn, defrosted
1 avocado, diced
1/4 cup grated cheese
1/4 cup natural or Greek yoghurt
- Heat the oil in the pan on a medium heat and add the onion and garlic. Stir until soft, about 3 minutes.
- Add the herbs and spices and stir until the house smells delicious. Add a splash of water (not more oil) if it gets a little dry.
- Add the beans, lentils, canned tomatoes and stock and give it a good stir.
- Cover until it boils, about 10 minutes.
- Keep the lid on, reduce heat to low and let it lightly simmer for as long as you can, 2 hours is ideal.
- Check it every 15 minutes and give it a good stir each time to stop the beans from catching on the bottom.
- Add more water towards the end if it needs it.
- Serve the chilli on warmed wraps and top with the corn, avocado, cheese and a dollup of plain yoghurt.
Freezes and reheats beautifully. Defrost it in overnight in the fridge or in a saucepan over low heat. Serve on a taco, burrito, baked potato, bed of brown rice etc.
This recipe is one of my $10 Family Meals as seen on Today Tonight. The chilli costs $6.74 and makes 2 batches; so if you’re only feeding 4, freeze half for another night. Half of the chilli to serve 4 plus the wraps and toppings and is $7.05.
To buy all of the ingredients for the chilli would cost around $21. If you’re already stocked, it works out to $6.74 for these portions of the ingredients.