Marie’s No Count Vegan Chilli


Ingredients (serves 3 or 4):

  • 2 medium/1 large onion (peeled and chopped)
  •  sweet red pepper (de-seeded and chopped)
  •  red chilli; de-seeded and chopped for a milder chilli but I use 2 home-grown ones I have frozen. I chop then frozen including the seeds for a hotter chilli. You can use chilli flakes though; I use half a teaspoon
  •  2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  •  spray oil or a tbsp olive or rapeseed oil from your daily allowance; if you spray you may have to add a little water to stop sticking
  •  tsp ground coriander
  •  tin each of chopped tomatoes, red kidney beans and green lentils
  •  fresh or frozen coriander
  •  plain soya yogurt ( or milk yogurt for a veggie version) to serve


  1. Fry the onion, chilli, pepper and garlic for 15-20 minutes – do this gently with the lid on a large pan. You want soft-cooked but not brown veg. If you have healthy oil left from your allowance use that, if not spray and water is fine.
  2.  Add ground coriander, tomatoes, beans and lentils, and simmer for 10 minutes.
    Try different beans – I have used cans of mixed beans and cannellini.  Add a small tin of baked beans for a thicker sauce, to eek it out add a tin of cherry tomatoes  – the possibilities are endless! ( I have been making this for years, it’s basically what I have in!!)
    To serve
    Stir in and garnish with fresh, or frozen coriander and a dollop of yogurt. I use 60g (dry) brown basmati rice per person or a baked potato.
    This freezes well – my ‘boys’ (both meat eaters) love️ it.  Enjoy!

9 thoughts on “Marie’s No Count Vegan Chilli”

  1. Thank you Louise, that’s really good to know, sometimes I vary it a bit and use a tin of mixed beans in place of the red kidney beans xx

  2. This was delicious! I had a really shaky weekend and went ‘off plan’ this chilli has reminded me that when I cook and eat ‘on plan’ I enjoy it so much more! Thanks Helen 🙂

    1. Hi Louise, it’s great to hear that you enjoyed this one – I’ll let Marie know too as she’ll be happy to hear that people are enjoying her recipes. I hope your week continues well and that by the time you reach the weekend, you’re feeling a lot better in yourself. It’s amazing how a few days on plan can make you feel so much better. Big hug from me, Helen xxxxxxxx

  3. This was a tasty (mainly store cupboard) supper. I used kidney beans in chilli sauce which added to the flavour and my vegetarian friend loved it.

  4. As a family of meat eaters trying to find alternatives this ticked the box …it won’t make the favourites list but it will be a regular meal as there is plenty of flavour and texture and , best of all, it’s filling!

    1. Thank you on behalf of Marie, Shona. She’ll be pleased to hear that her recipe was enjoyed by someone who isn’t vegetarian. Helen xxx

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