Recipe: The easiest vegetarian chilli you'll ever make
So easy you could cook it with your hands tied behind your back.
Thanks to the lockdown, we're starting to get a bit sick of cooking in the Stanley household. The present Mrs. Stanley and I both enjoy cooking, but the lack of take away food and meals out, coupled with having the kids at home all day is taking a toll.
Having to constantly come up with new meal ideas, that ideally don't involve 'oven chips' or ready meals can start to grind. If your'e in the same boat, this might interest you. It's a doddle to make. Seriously, you could cook this in your sleep, blindfolded, with your hands tied behind your back.
I would like to add here, that I am NOT a vegetarian. However, the present Mrs. Stanley IS! And my daughter isn't too keen on meat. To this end I often end up eating vegetarian, but the vegetarian meals I make are intended to be enjoyed by omnivores and vegetarians alike.
So what do you need?
1 x Onion
1 x Red Pepper
1 x Tin of Kidney Beans
2 x Tins of Chopped Tomatoes
1 x handful of cloves of garlic
1 x 350g pack of Quorn Mince
Mild Chilli Powder
Rice, fajitas or tacos etc. to go with it
Grated Cheese to sprinkle on top
Add a glug of oil to your pot or pan and set it on a low heat. While it warms up, finely chop the red pepper and chuck it in.
Chop it this fine or finer.
While the pepper starts to soften up, finely chop your onion and bang that in too. Then give it a stir.
Chop at LEAST this fine, unless you specifically want a 'chunky' texture.
Break up your garlic into cloves and skin them, then crush or finely chop them and sling them into the mix.
Use at least this much, add more if you want it more garlicy.
Add a good grind of pepper to the mix! It should start smelling good about now.
Season to taste at this stage.
While you're at it, sprinkle a teaspoon of table salt in.
Don't go mad,. you don't need to make this TOO salty.
Then give everything a good stir. If you're using 10 minute rice, now's probably a good time to get your rice on the go.
Now add your Quorn Mince. Break it up with a wooden spoon and mix it with the veg.
You can use alternative veggie mince or even minced meat if you want a non-veggie version of this.
Once you've stirred the Quorn and veg, add a good squirt of tomato puree and stir in.
Now stir in.
Now rinse your tinned kidney beans and add them to the mix.
Don't forget to drain and rinse the kidney beans!
Quorn is like a sponge. It's very dry, but it'll suck up liquids. If you want a meaty taste to the mince and you want a more moist texture, now is a great time to add a good glug of red wine to the mix. I would say the equivalent of a small glass of wine.
This is probably better than you need, but it's what I had open so...
Now you've stirred the wine in, open the tins of chopped tomatoes and add them to the pot.
These are great, but any brand will do.
Now we're getting there. Add your ground cumin and mild chilli powder. A teaspoon of cumin, and four teaspoons of mild chilli powder. If you want it a bit more 'peppy' you can add more, but I wouldn't go less than 4 teaspoons if your using mild chilli powder or it'll hardly be a chilli at all!
You could use a stronger chilli powder if you want a firey chilli.
Wrapping it up:
Give everything a good stir, turn the heat up to medium and simmer for 10 mins stirring occasionally. Taste it at this stage and add more chilli powder if you want it a bit peppier. Then serve with rice and a grate a of cheddar on top. Or alternatively, a fajitas or tacos.
How it should look when it's ready.
If you try and make this, let me know how it turned out in the comments!