Winter warmer: smokey chilli


DSC00899Comfort food has to be the best food, especially when it is blustery outside and all you want to so is warm yourself up with a hot meal. Then what better way to do so than with a hot bowl of chilli?

My recipe is perfect for anyone who wants good food but quickly – this one-pot-wonder will soon warm you up in no time!

As I am a vegetarian, this recipe does not contain meat, but it is a great tasting one which you can add, subtract or substitute whatever suite you or what you have in your cupboards.

Serve with rice or over a baked potato, I hope this chilli will be your new winter staple!

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1 tin chopped tomatoes

1 tin sweetcorn

1tin mixed beans

3 cloves garlic

100ml red wine

1 tbs tomato puree


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All great chillies start with tinned tomatoes, you can use fresh instead if you prefer (the last one I made I used fresh – just simple fry on a high heat with some oil, salt, and pepper, then add about 50ml of water and allow to simmer until the tomatoes thicken) however using tinned will save a lot of time.

Empty the tomatoes into a large pan, and then refill the tin halfway with water, to make sure none is wasted and for maximum flavor. Allow them to simmer for 10 minutes, slowly adding the water from the tin.

Next is the main bulk of the chilli: the beans; rinse and then add to the tomatoes, along with the cloves of garlic and a tablespoon of tomato puree.

For seasoning, I like to use salt, pepper, smoked paprika, chilli powder, and cumin. Never skip seasoning with this dish because it will transform these rather blank ingredients into something flavoursome.

Last but not least, add the red wine. I remember the first time I used red wine in my chili and it transformed it completely! If you are putting in mince it will really compliment it and it will give the dish a rich and smokey flavour.

And there you have it, a simple dish in under 30 minutes.

This recipe usually does me two meals and then I like to freeze the last one because it is perfect to take out of the freezer in the morning when you know you have a busy day; thinking of something to cook is the last thing you want to do!


Much love,


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