Smoked Chilli Feast

This is a delightful chilli. I served mine with a mixture of short grain brown rice and pearl barley mixed – I boiled the two together.  Then I dolloped on a couple of spoons of vegan yoghurt, and some plain tortillas.


olive oil

1 400g tin crushed tomatoes

1 large onion, finely chopped

5 cloves garlic, chopped

2 cups veggie mince (I use Linda McCartney myself)

1 400g tin borlotti beans

1 cup cooked sweetcorn

1 tsp smoked paprika (or UK)

½ tsp chilli powder

2 tbsp tomato paste

4 sun-dried tomato halves, chopped

½ red pepper, finely chopped

1 tsp brown sugar

½ tsp dried oregano

½ tsp coriander seeds (optional)

salt & pepper to taste

¼ cup (60 mL) water


  1. Pour some oil in a non-stick frying pan, then fry the onion and garlic – but don’t allow it to stick or burn – a minute or two should do the trick.
  2. Next, add the vegan mince, and mix it around a little until it thaws into the pan, and remember to stir at the same time.
  3. Now add the tomato paste and sun-dried tomatoes, continue to mix, and add the spices and herbs.  Mix again, and cover for half a minute on a low heat at this point.
  4. Now add the rest of the ingredients, except for the red pepper, and cover. Allow to cook on a low flame for around 45 minutes or so.
  5. Finally, add the red pepper and a little water, and continue to cook for a few more minutes.  The red pepper will cook in the heat of the mixture, as it is very finely chopped, and we want a little crunch for the texture here.  Enjoy !

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  1. Another one to add to my favorites.
    I love beans 😀
    Like the other ingredients as well of course.

  2. Pascal Hi. Hope you make and enjoy this. By any chance when you get a moment please visit my Mouthwatering Vegan FB page. If and when you do you will see pictures of the next two recipes I am due to post up this week. One of them is a dip. The other an epic lasagna I made this morning. It’s worth making as it will last you a couple of days, so it’s there after work waiting to be devoured. How did your HP sauce go ? Have a great day !

  3. Just had a look at your FB page and I’m waiting for the ingredients 😉

    This week I’m on holiday so I have plenty of time to make the lasagna 🙂

    Check your page of Bolognese Madness, made a post there about the HP sauce 😀

  4. Hey Pascal, the recipes will be up this week and you’ll be able to make the lasagna etc. Great that you have some time off – a great break and excuse for cooking, what could be better ! Yes, I answered you already about the HP sauce ! Enjoy, and from the looks of things you’d better order some more lol ! 🙂

  5. That’s the exact reason why I’ve taken some time off, to try some of your recipes which I haven’t made before 🙂

    Another reason is, that I want to stop drinking alcohol.
    These last months I’ve been drinking a bit too much of the damn liquid and I want to quit completely with it.

    After that its time to quit my smoking habit but not all at the same time though.

    Want to become a completely new man and a healthy one at that.

  6. Hi Pascal, sounds like you’re on the right track. I am not sure whether you visited my other page ‘Vegan Rejuvenation’ do visit from time to time as there is a lot of advise there. Meantime, someone once said, replace a vice with another vice, but a good vice, that is the only true way to rid oneself from ‘bad’ vices permanently. So, hopefully my blog will be a little good vice for you ! Very good and best your way ! 🙂

  7. I visited that page already and will keep on doing so.

    I like that expression 🙂

    There’s never an excuse to drink too much but of course there’s a reason behind it.
    Don’t feel like sharing my private life over the internet though so I’ll just leave it at that.
    Besides this is nor the time nor the place to do it either.

    Let’s stick to the recipes and I’m sure yours will help me already a great deal along the way to a healthier and cruelty free life.
    The rest is up to me.

  8. Hi Pascal, I never said there was an excuse to drink – a vice is a vice, and we all suffer from the human condition from time to time – the important thing is your intention is to do something about it. Good luck with all and hope you enjoy the recipes. Best wishes !

  9. Thank you Miriam.
    Have a nice evening.

  10. Hi Miriam, I really like your recipes. But as I am living in the Netherlands some of the mentioned ingredients are unknown here, like “smoked paprika”. Is that a green pepper which ia smoked and you buy that in the store?
    Also what exactly is Vegan mince and last but not least : How do you get vegan yoghurt?

    Many dutch greetings!

  11. what vegan mince? can someone explain please? (me is dutch)

  12. Dear Sharon, I don’t know what they sell in Holland but this is what I purchase Linda McCartney mince – it is used instead of mince meat, so it is totally 100% vegan – here is the link for you

  13. Henk Hi there and welcome here. Now, here for you is a link where you can (if you wish) purchase smoked paprika. I buy mine from ebay as it is not sold where I live. It’s a super ingredient and helps to give a ‘smoked’ flavour to certain dishes. It is like any other normal paprika, but it has undergone a smoking procedure that makes it taste awesome in certain recipes that I create. Here is the link for you to see Now regarding vegan mince, we use it instead of ground meat/beef for bolognese for example – here is another link for you to see what it is this is a vegan ground mince which is totally 100% vegan – plant based. It’s amazing how great it is ! Finally, with yoghurt, I make my own and will either publish it in the near future or you will see me make it on you tube. Meantime here is the link to my forthcoming book entitled “Mouthwatering Vegan” it is on Amazon for pre-ordering, is 304 pages long, with pictures and is published by Random House and available this June – here is the link to that too for future interest :- Best wishes your way and hope you enjoy my recipes here. 🙂

  14. Thx Miriam, 🙂

    Reaaly appreciate your explaining…
    I am looking forward to read your recipes for yoghurt and hope that your book will be available on the Dutch market. Also thanx for the links but I am a bit reluctant to buy that from Internet in another country. But the market is evolving and it might be avail here in the future… 🙂

    Good luck with the book! Namastè.

  15. Henk Hi there. Your English is very good, I am not sure whether my book will be sold in Holland, but it’s available online for pre-ordering on Amazon in the meantime (entitled Mouthwatering Vegan). I order many of my culinary ingredients online, and I have not encountered a problem as yet. Hope you enjoy my recipes and best wishes your way in the meantime.

  16. Hello, I made this late one night in preparation for the next evenings meal! Absoluteley delicious! My 3 children all loved it which is surprising as one is a carnivore, one is a fussy vegetarian and one doesn’t like really textured food! As far as recipes goes this was a big risk but it completely paid off! Thank you!

  17. Oh Sarah that’s awesome news really – thanks for dropping by with your feedback and I very much look forward to your future comments on my blog. Best wishes your way in the meantime. 🙂

  18. Hi Miriam,

    can you please help me and explain smoked paprika? Is it a powder of paprika? I will do a woman party and I think, that is a good recipe for the party. Do you have another nice Idea hat I can serve for my party, what is not so much effort or what I can do 1 day before? Thx a lot and have a lovely day….

  19. Stephanie Hi there and welcome here. Here is a link for smoked paprika now look for the Chiquilin Smoked Paprika on that page, then click on it for more info – smoked paprika is a wonderful ingredient and I won’t be without it, in fact I use it for many dishes here on my blog. It is ground paprika, yes like a powder, but it’s much better as it has that smoked flavour which makes it oh so very yummy ! Do let me know how it all goes and best wishes your way in the meantime. 🙂

  20. Miriam my dear, this is a fabulous dish and spicy as well.
    Just the way I like it 🙂
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

  21. Hi there Pascal – so glad you enjoyed it and hope you make my recent dish with beans by all means use any wraps you find or pitta bread to stuff this magic into. Have a good weekend. 🙂

  22. That one looks delicious as well.
    That one is gonna have to wait for a bit later though, I’m gonna make this again,
    Should serve me for 2 days.
    Have a great weekend 🙂

  23. Sure thing Pascal and as you have made this before all that I can say is bon appetite in advance ! 🙂

  24. Hi!

    I tried this and I think I’m going to make it again and again 🙂 I loved the sundried tomato taste and the crunchy peppers. Though I have limited variations on veggie mince, just the supermarket’s own brand which is not as nice. I have had better from health food shops, but they are far away.

  25. Hi Krista, so glad that you enjoyed this and will be making it again and again – that’s awesome news ! 🙂

  26. I ate this with taco tubs and plain yoghurt.. And it was absolutely delicious! Even my meat-eating dad liked it! I will be making this again 🙂

  27. Anna Hi there and thanks for dropping by here with your feedback. So glad your non-vegan dad enjoyed it too ! I look forward to your future comments on my blog ! 🙂

  28. Fantastic recipe, so simple and tasty. I have also tried it now with mushrooms chiand kidney beans leaving out the barlotti beans, with some guacamole in tortillas.

  29. Sounds perfect David and glad that you enjoyed it ! 🙂


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