A delicious vegan chilli con carne recipe that’s warming and comforting whilst being completely healthy and nutritious.

Don’t believe anyone that tells you vegan food is boring!!!

Vegan food has a bad reputation of being boring, uninspiring and tasteless. Whoever said that obviously doesn’t know how to cook a decent meal using basic, wholesome plant-based food!

It’s as easy to make vegan food healthy as it is unhealthy. The same goes with the flavour – it can be bland, or bursting with amazing flavours, it all depends on what you add into it.

To make a vegan savoury dish both healthy and tasty, it’s important to add lots of different herbs and spices to bring the dish to life. Herbs and spices are definitely a must in every kitchen, especially a vegan one!

  1. 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  2. 1 red pepper, chopped
  3. 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  4. 4-5 garlic cloves, crushed
  5. 300g cooked red kidney beans – soak overnight then cook in simmering water for 1.5 hours.
  6. 240g cooked black beans
  7. 200g sweetcorn – canned or frozen
  8. 2x 400g cans East End Foods chopped tomatoes
  9. 1 tbsp paprika
  10. 2.5 tsp cumin
  11. 1 tsp chilli powder
  12. 3 tbsp tomato puree
  13. Salt & pepper to taste
  14. 10g dark chocolate
  15. Juice of 1 lime
  16. 1 tbsp maple syrup or sweetener of choice
  1. Heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Mix in the spices and add a splash of water to create a paste.
  3. Add in the chopped red and yellow pepper and crushed garlic and cook for a another 1 minute. Add cooked beans, sweetcorn, chopped tomato, tomato puree and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and leave to simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Take off the heat and add in the dark chocolate, lime juice and maple syrup.
  6. Serve with brown rice, homemade guacamole, homemade salsa and homemade tortilla chips (recipe below)
Homemade tortilla chips
  1. 2 tortillas/wraps
  2. Olive oil
  3. Brush each side of the wraps with olive oil and cut into small triangles.
  4. Arrange on a baking sheet and bake in a 200*C/180*C fan assisted oven for 5-10 minutes or until crispy.


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