Insanely easy vegetarian chilli


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About this recipe: This chilli is so easy to make. You can pretty much throw whatever vegetables you have into the pot.


Serves: 8 

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 to 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 to 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 (200g) punnet mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 (400g) tins peeled plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 (400g) tin kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 (340g) tin sweetcorn, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil

Prep:25min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:55min 

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook onions, carrots and garlic until tender. Stir in green pepper, red pepper, celery and chilli powder. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes.
  2. Stir in mushrooms, and cook 4 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, kidney beans and sweetcorn. Season with cumin, oregano and basil. Bring to the boil, and reduce heat to medium. Cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Reviews (19)


I wanted an easy veggie recipe to feed a crowd. This was great. I made it even easier by doing it in my crockpot. I prepped the veggies the evening before and, omitting the oil, just piled it in the slow cooker in the morning and by 6pm it was gorgeous! This left the day free to be with my guests. The only tweaks I made, apart from omitting the oil, was to up the quantities a bit, rather by guess than accuracy, and adding a tin of chick peas which I happened to have in the cupboard. Compliments all round. The only drawback was the tantalizing smell all afternoon. - 23 May 2011


Its rediculously easy! Slice carrots very thin or they will take forever to cook. And add the peppers in the last 5 or so mins so they stay nice and firm (if you like them the same way I do)! I didnt have any red beans so I used a can of black beans instead and it was delicious. Not too spicy but you can add a little extra chili powder if you like it hotter. - 11 Jan 2010


Used different ingredients. Really nice meal, I left out the mushrooms and added chopped green beans and cannelini beans. I also added a little dark brown sugar, as mine was a little too tomatoey and slightly bitter. The sugar balanced the tomatoes beautifully. - 05 Jul 2010

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