Vegetarian Chilli Recipe

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This vegetarian chilli recipe is a winner! Since two of my daughters turned vegetarian, I am always scouring recipes and looking for vegetable friendly alternatives for meat-based recipes. An increasing number of people are turning to a vegetarian foods to cut down on the quantity of meat we consume; it is now a well established fact that eating too much meat is unnecessary, in fact harmful for us, and bad for the environment as well.

Here is a nutritious and bursting with flavour vegetarian chilli recipe. It is packed with fibre and all the essential nutrients that you need. In addition it is easy to make and freezes well too.

You will need:

One cup red kidney beans

One cup sweet corn

One large red or yellow bell pepper (you can substitute with green)

One large carrot diced

One large onion diced

3 sticks of celery (optional)

6 medium tomatoes diced (or you can use two cans of canned whole or chopped tomatoes)

2 tablespoons tomato puree

Coriander leaves to garnish

one-and-a-half cups of vegetable stock or water

Spices

One teaspoon salt

Half to 3/4 teaspoon crushed red chilli

3/4 teaspoon paprika powder

One to one-and-a-half teaspoon cumin powder

vegetarian chilli recipe

Method

Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to a pan and saute the onions till soft and translucent. Do not brown.

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Add the garlic and saute for a minute

Next add the diced carrots and celery and cook over a medium flame till softened

Add the red bell pepper, kidney beans, corn

Then add all the spices and cook for a minute

Add the tomatoes and the vegetable stock or water and stir everything together

Cover and cook on a slow flame for half an hour or until the tomatoes break down completely. Add the tomato puree and cook for another two minutes.

Now put half the cooked chilli in a blender and grind coarsely. Then add the ground chilli back to the pot with the rest of the cooked mixture and combine. If you have a hand blender then that’s even more convenient. Give the cooked chilli a coarse blend leaving some of it whole. Do not over blend.

Now check your chilli for seasoning and adjust the salt and chilli according to your taste. Garnish with coriander and top with grated cheese.

Enjoy this healthy and delicious dish with brown rice, some crusty bread or tortilla chips.