Veggie Chilli

chilli dish with headshot of Phil Mitchell

I’ll state this first: no-one calls me Philly, but it rhymes with chilli. Now, if you’re having an exciting party, or perhaps you want to cook something you can freeze and live off for a week, then there’s nothing better than a large pan of vegetable chilli. It’s simple, it’s satisfying, it’s sensational, and most importantly, it’s cheap. I’ve made this a vegetarian recipe but meat eaters can just fry up some mince and chuck it in.

Phil Mitchell, Technical Operations Manager at Innocent Drinks
MSc Food Science Safety and Health, 2014


1 large onion chopped

2 cloves of garlic finely chopped

Fresh chillis or hot chilli powder to taste

Heaps of cumin

Smoked paprika to taste

1 green pepper chopped

1 red pepper chopped

Optional: carrots, mushrooms, cauliflower, sweetcorn, peas, edamame beans, broad beans, green beans, any other vegetable you have sitting around.

1 can of mixed beans (or kidney beans)

1 can of chopped tomatoes

1 tablespoon of tomato puree

Salt and pepper to season

Stock cube

Some water

Serve with long grain rice (wholegrain to be healthier), slow cooked jacket potatoes, or tortilla chips. Sprinkle generously with coriander and have some soured cream and/or guacamole to cool it down if you’ve gone a bit too spicy.



1. Fry the onion with the garlic in a tablespoon of oil until soft and brown.

2. Add the cumin, smoked paprika and chilli powder, and fry for about 20 seconds to bring out the flavour.

3. Add the tin of chopped tomatoes and tomato puree.

4. Add all your vegetables and beans.

5. Add water until the vegetables are covered and add the stock cube.

6. Bring to the boil, cover, and simmer for about 30 mins. The longer you leave it the better the flavour will be but your vegetables and beans may become mushy. Near the end of cooking if it’s a bit runny, take off the lid to let the water evaporate.

7. Give it a little taste. Add salt and pepper to season, more cumin if needed, and if you need more heat, add more chilli.

8. Put on some suitable Tex-Mex cowboy music and serve to your excited friends with rice, baked potatoes, or tortilla chips with coriander and maybe some soured cream and guacamole (for those of a delicate nature).

9. Sit back and relax as everybody says how much they enjoyed your chilli and ask for your recipe, you legend, you.