Vegetarian Chilli

  • Prep time:10 mins
  • Cook time:40 mins
  • Servings:2

There’s nothing better than a delicious chilli con carne as a cosy dinner or hearty lunch.

This protein-rich vegetarian chilli con carne alternative is a real crowd-pleaser that you can adapt to your own tastes. Make it as spicy as you like, and feel free to add in any non-starchy vegetables you may need to use up. 

This is the perfect dish to batch cook, and can be enjoyed by the whole family with a side of delicious veg (serve with brown rice and/or wholemeal pita for children). 

Nutrition facts(per serving)


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • celery sticks, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 courgette, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 x 400g tin black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • sea salt
  • fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • 100 g plain full fat Greek yogurt


  1. Pour the olive oil into a pot and place over a medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute, stirring occasionally, until softened (about 5 minutes).
  2. Add the celery, courgette and red pepper and cook until the vegetables are soft, which should take another five minutes.
  3. Next, add the chilli flakes, cumin, black beans and tomatoes (with their juices).
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil then turn the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. You may need to add some water if the mixture thickens too quickly or starts to catch.
  5. Meanwhile, stir together the Greek yogurt, paprika and a pinch of sea salt in a small mixing bowl.
  6. Serve the hot vegetarian chilli con carne in a bowl and garnish with the Greek yogurt and fresh parsley. Feel free to add extra chilli for an added kick, and enjoy!


  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Add the yogurt and parsley after reheating to serve.
  • Freeze for up to 2 months. Defrost and reheat before serving.
  • Batch cook and freeze in portions for a convenient meal.
  • The drained weights and calories of tinned ingredients will vary (sometimes significantly) from brand to brand. The drained weight of tinned black beans in a single serve of this recipe equates to approx. 117g (4 oz) and 108 calories.

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