Thursday, 12 February 2009

Vegetable Chilli

I'm not sure how this one came about - I think Ross had the idea a few years ago and it's been tweaked a lot! Cocoa powder may seem like an odd ingredient, but it works a treat, trust me!

{picture coming soon!}


2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1-2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1-2 sticks of celery, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 courgette, chopped
500g of creamed tomatoes
2-3 tablespoons of tomato puree
200g (½ a tin) of red kidney beans in chilli sauce
2 teaspoons of cocoa powder
2 teaspoons of mild chilli powder
1 teaspoon of cumin
salt and pepper to taste

1) Heat oil in a large saucepan and cook onions, garlic, celery and carrots for 5-10 minutes. Add remainder of vegetables and cook for a further 5-10 minutes.

2) Add tomato puree, creamed tomatoes and kidney beans. Stir well. Add a bit of water if necessary.

3) Add cocoa powder, mild chilli powder, cumin, salt and pepper, stir well, and leave to simmer for approx. 45 minutes - 1 hour or until the veg is cooked through and soft.

That's it!

Serve with rice, crusty bread or cornbread (my favourite!).

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