Vegetarian Chilli Con Carne Recipe

I love Mexican food…unfortunately for my waistline, this usually means nachos, cheese and sour cream!  Well this vegetarian chilli recipe helps to give me a healthier alternative to that guilty pleasure.  This actually comes from the Blackmores detox programme that I’m doing at the moment and can be followed exactly or adapted to suit your taste buds (I’ve made a few little tweaks to my version!).

1 1⁄4 cups kidney beans or mixed beans
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 1⁄4 cups carrots, chopped fine
1 1⁄4 cups green beans, chopped
1⁄2 cup combined red and green capsicum, diced
1⁄4 cup water
1⁄2 teaspoon chilli powder
1⁄2 teaspoon cumin
6-8 roma tomatoes, diced
1⁄4 cup tomato paste (no salt or sugar added)

Ingredients for vegetarian chilli con carne recipe

It’s super easy and full of fresh vegetables.  Preheat the oven to 200° C.  Dice up the roma tomatoes separately and place them in a saucepan to stew for about 15 minutes, with salt to taste. The original recipe says 6 tomatoes, but I found I needed one or two more to give enough sauce.

Tomatoes ready to stew

In the meantime, chop and dice up your onion, capsicums, carrots and green beans, and crush the garlic.  I recommend using a blender if you have one, it makes this much quicker.  Add all the chopped vegetables and garlic to a casserole dish, with the water.

Chopped vegetables

Once the tomatoes have started to stew, add the cumin, chilli power and tomato paste to the mixture – while the original recipe says ½ a teaspoon of chilli, I add about 2 heaped ones! You can also add in fresh chillies if you like.  I like it quite spicy but I’ll leave it to you to decide…

Stewed tomatoes with chilli, cumin and tomato paste

Pour the tomatoes onto the vegetables, so everything is mixed evenly.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Pouring chilli tomatoes over the vegetables

Vegetarian chilli con carne ready to bake

If you’re being detox-friendly, this can be served with brown rice and I also really like it with sweet potato.  I reckon some light cheese, low fat sour cream and gluten free nacho chips are still not too bad off the detox diet too!

Vegetarian chilli con carne recipe

This recipe makes 4 portions, so scale up or down – or, as I do, freeze a few portions for another time.  Let me know what you think of this one if you give it a try!