One-pot vegan chilli

One-pot vegan chilli

DSC_1482 The run up to Christmas is a hectic time for most of us, whether we’re trying to meet deadlines, revise for exams or catch up with reading to allow ourselves a festive break. This vegan chilli is super easy to make, leaves you with only 1 pan to wash up and provides a warming and nutritious lunch.

Time: 30 – 45 mins

Price: £14–£15 (based on Note: When costing our recipes, we assume you don’t have any of the ingredients in stock. This means it’s likely to cost less than we quote, unless your cupboards really are bare. We also price according to whole bottles of oil/bags of pasta/jars of spices etc., so you’ll have left-overs to use in other recipes.

Serves: 5


1 tbsp of vegetable oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
400g frozen meat-free mince (I used Tesco brand which is vegan – Quorn mine is fine too, though not vegan)
250g chestnut mushroom, diced
2 peppers, diced finely
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
1 tin of red kidney beans, drained
1 tube of tomato puree
3 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp dried oregano
Salt and black pepper to taste
Chilli to taste – I used 1tsp Schwartz chilli cooking paste
30g pack fresh coriander, finely chopped


  1. Heat a large saucepan on a medium heat. When it’s hot, add vegetable oil and red onion. Fry for 2 or 3 minutes until the onion is translucent.
  2. Break the meat free mince up (still in the bag) and then add it to the pan. Stir well and fry for 5 minutes until it’s beginning to brown.
  3. Add the peppers and mushrooms. Mix well to combine and then add in the chopped tomatoes and kidney beans.
  4. Simmer for 10 minutes and add the tomato puree, paprika, oregano, chilli and salt & pepper. Stir well and simmer on a low heat for 15 minutes.
  5. Take off the heat and stir through the coriander.


This warming lunch will keep for up to 5 days in the fridge if stored in airtight containers. Simply reheat before eating – add toppings like avocado slices, salsa or cheese, or dunk chunks of wholemeal pitta bread to keep you going through the exam season!



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