Chilli con Chris

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Chilli con Chris with a jacket potato

My partner throws all sorts of things into a pot and hopes for the best.  This one was so good I had to write it down.

I don’t normally add ready-made ingredients to my food but my partner loves his sauces and the chipotle sauce in this did definitely add something to it.  We have very different ways of approaching cooking so to admit to him that he got something right, is a big thing.  Of course it helps that the bottle that the sauce is in is not only fully recyclable, but I can actually reuse it to put a homemade sauce in.  Just keep it between us please.  If he finds out I think he’s right about something, his head will never get through the door!

Chilli is a very versatile dish.  I like it with a jacket potato and a side salad, my partner prefers it as a burrito or as nachos (using vegan cheeses and vegan mayonnaise instead of sour cream) or why not try it with just plain brown (or white) rice and a side of dark green cabbage.

Chilli with brown rice and dark green cabbage

Chilli con Chris

Feeds 5-6 people as a main


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 bell peppers (any colours), chopped
  • 1 lge dried chilli, crushed
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 6 lge mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tblsp sunflower oil
  • 1 bag of soya mince (454g)
  • 1 tin of kidney beans
  • 1 tin of chopped plum tomatoes
  • 2 tblsps Hellmans smokey Chipotle sauce (Mexican Heat)
  • 2 heaped tblsps tomato puree
  • 5 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tblsp yeast extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 small bag of spinach or rocket
  • 25-30g of dairy-free dark chocolate
  • 1 cup of boiling water (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the oil and fry the onion until it starts to brown
  • Add the bell peppers and fry for 2-3 minutes
  • Add the mushrooms, garlic and chilli and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes
  • Add the soya mince, kidney beans, chopped plum tomatoes, chipotle sauce, tomato puree, dried rosemary and oregano, the yeast extract and the cinnamon
  • Stir, and bring to the boil and then reduce the temperature to a simmer. Simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Stir in the spinach (or rocket) and the dark chocolate, season to taste
  • Some brands of soya mince soak up more liquid than others, if this happens, add a little boiling water to it
Chilli burritos made with homemade tortillas