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Monday 20 September 2010

Sluttishly Vegetarian: Quorn Chilli

A huge pot of chilli simmering away on the hob all afternoon is one of the best ways to cheer up a cold and rainy day. The sound of it bubbling away, the smell of spices floating through the house, the way it gets more delicious the longer you can bear to leave it....mmmm. But I'd been disappointed by veggie chilli, which always tasted a bit weak and feeble compared to its meaty cousin. I'd given up on ever making a decent version until a friend gave me this recipe, which I've slightly adapted (read: added more spices). It packs in flavour and oomph and makes for an enormously satisfying dinner.

You'll need:
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, cut into chunks
  • 300g Quorn mince
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 glass of red wine
  • 200ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp vegetarian Worcester sauce
  • 2 red chillis, finely chopped
  • 1 tin of kidney beans
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp of tomato pureĆ©
Make it!
  1. Heat the oil in your biggest saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onion and red pepper and cook gently until softened.
  2. Add the Quorn and garlic. When it's browned, add half the vegetable stock. Sprinkle on the chilli powder, cumin, coriander and cinnamon and give it a good stir.
  3. Pour in the red wine and remaining stock. Boil until the liquid is almost gone. It takes a while but this dish deserves patience.
  4. Add the Worcester sauce, chopped chillis and kidney beans and gently bring to the boil.
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes and pureƩ.
And that's it! I know the order you throw everything into the pot looks a bit odd, but trust me, it works. Enjoy it with rice, sour cream and the rest of that wine. The bottle's open, it'd be a shame to waste it.

Image from pudstah's Flickr photostream.


  1. I always add a generous teaspoon of Marmite and two squares of dark chocolate to mine. Like the idea of the additional spices though, will try that.

  2. I always mean to try adding dark chocolate and then it just seems too odd, and I worry it'll ruin my dinner. But I shall give it a go next time!

  3. Dark chocolate is fab in chilli. It doesn't taste chocolatey at all - it just seems to give all the flavours a real boost. Plain cocoa powder works too. I made a fabulous bean chilli at the weekend - I love chilli, it's perfect Autumn comfort food!

  4. Will definitely have to try this! Am sick of bland chilli, this sounds delicious.

    Particularly with the suggestion of added chocolate (which should be included in *everything*)

  5. Thanks sooo much for sharing this.. I have hunted high and low for a decent veggie chilli recipe and so far all those ive tried (about 5 different ones) have been so bland with no depth at all. I can't wait to try this out tonight. It sounds DIVINE :d


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