Warming beef or vegetable chilli

Warming beef or vegetable chilli recipe

Warming Beef or Vegetable Chilli

With the change in the seasons, it’s always enjoyable to sit down to a warming meal.  This chilli recipe is full of nutritious ingredients, is easy to make and hits the spot on being a ‘winter warmer’.  Eating well is an important part of living well with cancer but this is equally delicious for the whole family.You can choose to make with either beef mince or vegetables or even 50/50 of each. It is also a dish that freezes well so maybe think about doubling up the ingredients and saving some for another cold day.
Course Main Course
Servings 2


  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 2 sticks celery (or 200g mushrooms if meat free), finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp chilli powder (to taste)
  • 1 heaped tsp ground cumin and cinnamon
  • 400 grams tin of red kidney beans (plus 400g tin lentils for meat-free), drained and rinsed
  • 2 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 250 ml water (or vegetable stock)
  • 500 grams quality minced beef
  • 1/2 bunch fresh coriander, separate leaves and chop stalks
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar


  • Soften the vegetables and spices in the oil, stirring regularly.
  • Add the kidney beans, (lentils if using), tomatoes and stock.
  • Stir in the minced beef (if using). 
  • Add the coriander stalks to the pan, with the balsamic vinegar.
  • Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer with the lid slightly ajar for ½ hour (vegetarian version), 1 hour (meat version), until slightly thickened and reduced, stirring occasionally.
  • Season with black pepper.


Serve sprinkled with the reserved coriander, fresh chilli (optional), with rice or couscous, or over a jacket potato.
You cold also try serving it with some yoghurt which will take the chilli heat down (if you have used it) as well as adding a nice creamy flavour.
Enjoy :)
Keyword beef, chilli

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