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The Vegan Chilli of your dreams

ByPoppy Koronka

Apr 7, 2019

Serves 6

This vegan chilli recipe has been tried and tested by many of my friends. Always a crowd pleaser, this hearty vegan meal will have everyone wanting more. The recipe was originally Jamie Oliver, but over multiple trials, it’s been adapted into a darker, richer, and more satisfying meal altogether. I’m generally not very specific about quantities when I cook – so feel free to adapt the spices to your preference (I certainly have).



1 red onion

4 cloves garlic

2 tsps tomato paste

3 tsps ground cumin

3 tsps ground coriander

1tbsp smoked paprika

2 tsps cayenne pepper

Dried chilli flakes (optional, and to taste)

500ml vegetable stock

500g red lentils

1 can black beans

1 can red kidney beans

1 can chopped tomatoes

50g dark chocolate

2 tsps soy sauce

1tsp salt



  1. Finely chop the onion and garlic. Sautée gently for 5 minutes, until lightly browned. Then, add the spices and tomato paste, mix together, and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the chopped tomatoes, lentils, beans, and veggie stock. Stir until ingredients are incorporated and bring the heat up until it’s simmering. Leave this to simmer for roughly half an hour with the lid on, until the chilli has thickened, and the lentils are soft. Stir occasionally, to prevent the chilli from sticking to the pan.
  3. Turn down the heat and add the dark chocolate (trust me!) and soy sauce. Now, add the salt. These ingredients add a really meaty flavour and give the dark colour of beef chilli without the meat. The salt counteracts any residual sweetness from the chocolate.
  4. Cook for a further 10 minutes. If you like your chilli really thick, take out a cup of the chilli, blend it, and add it back in. This gives a really smooth, rich texture, without the fuss of simmering it for hours.
  5. Serve with rice and coriander on top. Alternatively, you can use this chilli to fill a burrito.


Image: Angele J via Pexels 

By Poppy Koronka

Former Editor of the Lifestyle Section. Writer for the News and Lifestyle sections. Lover of coffee, true crime podcasts, and an avid fan of the colour yellow.

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