Introduction: Easy Peasy Chilli (can Be Vegetarian or Not)
This is a one pot wonder, so nice on an autumnal or wintery evening, it is a staple in our family and so very very easy.
I make this with minced Quorn but you can replace it with minced meat, chunks of meat, or extra beans, or whatever you can think of really.
This serves 4 greedy adults.
Step 1: Ingredients
300g bag of minced Quorn (or substitute),
1 large onion,
1 large garlic clove,
1 large/2 small peppers (any colour, I like to go for green or yellow),
800g chopped tomatoes (two tins),
4 teaspoons of tomato puree,
1 teaspoon sugar,
1 square of dark chocolate (or half a teaspoon of cocoa powder),
1 tin of kidney beans,
1 tin of chick peas,
1 teaspoon of marmite (or an stock cube),
1 chilli (can use chilli powder, or chilli sauce, either way use as much as you want dependent on your taste, I have included some information about how to use fresh chillies in the next step).
4 teaspoons of cumin,
3 teaspoons of paprika,
2 teaspoons of mixed herbs,
0.5 (half) a teaspoon of coriander,
Step 2: Starter for 10
It is best to prepare everything first, chop the onion, the garlic cloves, and the peppers and the chillies.
For those of you who haven't used fresh chillies before, make sure when you cut them up you are using gloves or put clean plastic bags over your hands like I do. If you like you chilli hot pop the whole thing in, if you don't I would avoid adding the seeds as they are the hottest part of the chilli. Also make sure you have checked how hot the chillies are, I have homegrown ones and I can't remember the type, but my red ones are very hot but sweet and give a great flavour, whereas the green are not as hot. Just choose the quantity and type of chillies based on your own taste.
Put a little oil in a large saucepan and gently fry the onion, making sure not to burn it. Add the garlic, peppers and all of the herbs and spices (if you are using green peppers as I have you will need to give them a little extra time just so that they soften).
Add the Quorn and cook a little (if you are using meat then cook until brown).
Add the tomatoes and tomato puree and stir.
Step 3: Kooky Cook
Now we want to add the sugar and the chocolate or cocoa powder.
Lastly, add the kidney beans, chick peas (or ay kind of beans you would like), marmite and chilli, and roughly a mug of water (if you add too much you can just boil it off and if you add too little you can always add more). Let this cook for approximately half an hour, but if you are in a hurry you can cook it a lot quicker, the meat should already be cooked at this point so you can just heat it up. Personally, however, I prefer to leave the saucepan on simmer for between 30 minutes and 45 minutes. Then give it a taste and add seasoning to your taste.
Step 4: Eatsies
Now it is ready to eat. We like to add a little plain yogurt and some thinly sliced or grated cheddar cheese. Mmmmm.
If you have leftovers this can sit in the fridge for a few days, or just put it in some Tupperware and when it is cooled pop it in the freezer, this chilli is great double cooked.
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