Day 17: Chilli Con Carne – veganised

Home alone tonight, so with only me to think about  I decided to try out the TVP I purchased a week or so ago and made a much loved but veganised version of Chilli Con Carne. This was a real spur of the moment meal –  threw in a bit of this and a bit of that and the result was a pretty tasty meal, if I say so myself.  This is a rough recipe if you would like to make it yourself, oh and I only made this big enough for two medium serves or one MAN size serve 😉

1 tbsp olive oil/vegetable oil
1 onion – finely chopped
1 clove garlic – finely chopped
1 can of mexe-beans ( I used Old El Paso due to their high ethical rating)
1/2 bottle of tomato pasata (or can of chopped tomatoes)
1 whole red capsicum – diced
1 cup of TVP
good dash of BBQ sauce (I used to use Worcester sauce but have since learned it’s made with anchovies)
1/2 – 1 tsp cumin
1/2-1 tsp dried oregano
1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp brown sugar

1. Place TVP in a small bowl and pour boiling water over to cover – allow to stand for 10-15 minutes (most of the liquid will be absorbed but drain off the excess).

2. Heat olive oil in a deepish frypan and fry onions gently until translucent, add garlic and cook for a further minute or two. Then add tomato pasata, beans, capsicum, rehydrated TVP, BBQ sauce, spices, salt and sugar, combining well. Cook on a low-medium heat for around 10 minutes or until the capsicum is tender.

3. Adjust seasoning and allow to cook for a further minute or two before serving.

I finely grated some Cheezly over the top and had mine with egg free pasta, however would be great with rice or a tortilla. Some fresh coriander would be a nice touch too.


4 thoughts on “Day 17: Chilli Con Carne – veganised

    • Hi Leanne 🙂 TVP is textured vegetable protein – you can buy this from a health food shop and Cheezly is just a vegan version of cheese (i.e. no dairy products).

  1. Haydon says:

    That looks really nice 🙂 I hope J wasn’t too much trouble when he got home 😛

    I think I’m going to have to try this recipe!

    Keep up the good work!

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