Make this simple vegetable chilli for a comforting, yet nutritious dinner. This healthy bean chilli provides a great way to boost your 5-a-day. For more plant-based ideas, check out our healthy vegetarian recipes.




  • STEP 1

    Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a low-medium heat and fry the carrots, celery, onions and mixed herbs for 10-12 mins, stirring occasionally until the veg is soft but not golden. You may need to add a splash of water if the veg starts to catch.

  • STEP 2

    Stir in the garlic and both peppers, and cook for a further 5 mins until the peppers begin to soften. Sprinkle in the chilli powder and paprika, turn up the heat to medium, then stir and cook for 1 min. Mix in the tomato purée and cook for a further 1 min, then pour in all of the beans, the tomatoes and stock.

  • STEP 3

    Stir well, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for 25-35 mins until the beans are tender and the sauce has thickened. Serve with rice, grated cheddar and soured cream, if you like.

Recipe tip

Chilli powders can vary massively. Use one which is mild or hot depending on your preference, then try a little before you add it in. You may only need 1-2 tsp if it’s very hot. 

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