Microwave chilli

Microwave chilli

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(16 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 5 mins plus standing


Serves 2

For a super speedy supper, try Jack Monroe's vegetarian kidney bean chilli - a great way to get 2 of your 5-a-day in this microwavable, midweek meal

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal333
  • fat12g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre15g
  • protein13g
  • salt2g
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  • ½ small onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 fat garlic clove, crushed
  • knob of butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika (sweet or smoked depending on preference)



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  • pinch of chilli flakes or chilli powder
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes, drained and juice reserved
  • 400g can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
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  • ½ vegetable stock cube
  • 2 squares dark chocolate
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    Dark chocolate

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  • soured cream, to serve (optional)
  • coriander, to serve (optional)


  1. Put the onion, garlic, butter and spices in a microwaveable container, give it a quick stir, then heat in the microwave on High for 30-40 secs. Leave to stand for 1 min, then add the chopped tomatoes, beans, stock cube and chocolate.

  2. Cover with cling film and pierce 3 times. Place some kitchen paper on your microwave turntable, put the container on top and cook for 2 mins on High. Stir well and leave to stand for 1 min. If your chilli starts to dry out, add some of the reserved tomato juice, but remember that it won’t reduce as much in the microwave as it would on the hob.

  3. Cover and cook on Medium for a further 2 mins. Give it a good stir and allow to stand for 1 min before serving topped with soured cream and coriander, if you like.

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Niamh Iona's picture
Niamh Iona
16th May, 2020
Pretty decent meal considering it's all done in the microwave! Was definitely missing something though. Needed some more spice, and might add chorizo and red peppers next time but will definitely be giving it another go
5th Dec, 2018
Doubled recipe, cooked onions much longer and whole thing a bit longer and it had a lovely, thick rich consistency. But...do not use intensely dark chocolate, because I did and it was bitter and not a pleasant taste. So I would say use a dark chocolate with a much lower cocoa percentage than the 85% that I used. I think it would have been really good otherwise. I shall try it again.
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Sarah Heal
27th Oct, 2018
Really tasty recipe. I cooked it a few minutes longer and it came out really rich and thick. We’re in the middle of a home renovation and currently have no cooker - have been living in microwave ready meals for the last few weeks, but this is much better! Wish I’d found this one earlier.
17th Sep, 2018
This is a surprisingly tasty dish. I added some chopped avocado and red peppers before serving to make it a bit more interesting. So easy and quick, think this will become a favourite for those days when I'm short on time!
23rd Jun, 2018
I would make this again with a few adaptations. We have an 800W microwave and the onions were still crunchy so I would cook them for longer next time (I forgot I was making double quantity). The chocolate gave an interesting depth to a quick evening meal - overall, it went down well with the family.
6th Jun, 2018
Ready in about 5mins, this is very good. Like the previous comment, it lacks a bit of richness, but for something so quick and easy, it's two thumbs way up! I served with couscous and some jalapeños. Delicious, healthy veggie dinner. Fast, faff free food!
RosieVimes's picture
27th Oct, 2015
Obviously not as tasty and as full of flavour as a regular chilli, but a really good recipe if you don't have the time. I just tipped the full can of tomatoes in without draining and it was absolutely fine.
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