Cooking vegetarian meals for the whole family or for guests can be tough. Not everyone likes vegetables and a lot of people don't like vegetarian food on principle alone. There are many different reasons to cook meat free meals. Not only do they tend to be healthier, they also tend to be cheaper and more environmentally friendly.
Luckily, almost everyone likes chilli, and with a little bit of ingenuity, all of the meat can be replaced while still keeping all of the flavor. Here is a vegetarian chilli recipe guide that is extremely versatile, great for using up leftovers, and will be sure to satisfy even the most stubborn of meat eaters.
Quite often you'll find that people make a vegetarian chilli from a meat-based chilli recipe, using all of the same steps and basic ideas. Most of the time this will just result in a thin, disappointing mess that is in no way satisfying to eat. Using this recipe with the added steps will turn your meal into a complete success and allow you to hide vegetables from the pickiest of eaters.
• What you need:
1 tbsp oil. (sunflower or vegetable will do)
3 cloves of garlic, chopped.
1 onion, diced.
2 cups of vegetables, diced. (Carrot, zucchini, sweet potato, capsicum are prime examples)
3 cans of various beans. (We recommend kidney, pinto, and butter beans)
1 can of chopped tomatoes.
1 tbsp tomato puree.
1 tbsp smooth peanut butter. (Or other similar nut butter)
salt & pepper
Heat up the oil and add the garlic and onion. Fry until softened and add the vegetables.
Cook the vegetables on a medium heat until starting to go tender, then add HALF of each tin of beans. Adding only half at this point is the most important part of making the chilli delicious instead of a thin, disappointing mess.
Turn up the heat a little and cook the mixture until the beans start to break apart, then mash the beans and vegetable mixture so that the insides start to come out, but not until the entire mixture is entirely mashed.
Once finished mashing, add the can of chopped tomatoes in thirds, stirring the mixture as you go. This will make combining the liquids easier.
Add the tomato puree and turn down the heat. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Stir in the peanut butter. The easiest way to combine it is to add the peanut butter in the center of the dish and stir in small circles over it, gradually widening your strokes. The peanut butter thickens the sauce and adds extra protein, which makes the dish more filling.
Add the rest of the beans 3-4 minutes before serving along with mixed herbs, salt, and pepper to taste.
Serve with rice and enjoy.
Have fun playing with the ingredients to add into it, and you'll never need or want another vegetarian chilli recipe again!
Once you've got the hang of this recipe, you can adapt the ingredients to make a fine bolognese sauce as well.