We have found the perfect alternative to one of the nation’s and student’s favourite recipes; chilli. Instead of using beef we gave quorn mince a try, an increasingly popular meat substitute. With the “Quorn” mince always on offer in any good supermarket, you can likely pick 300g for £1, being cheaper and more effective than regular mince as this made at least 4 good sized portions.

Not only can this recipe make a good weeknight dinner or lunch with plenty of leftovers, it tastes delicious too as you can’t tell the difference between this and regular meat. Or if you’re like me and like to smother your chilli with cheese you definitely won’t tell a difference, you just won’t have that guilty feeing! So, what’s not to love?

It’s definitely a simple recipe that you can wow your flatmates with and you are guaranteed not to be bored with the number of ways you can eat chilli; from rice, pasta, jacket potatoes and even with nachos for those Saturday nights in!

Ingredients:

  • 300g of Quorn mince
  • 1 onion
  • 2 peppers (any colour of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 carton of passata (feel free to add a can of chopped tomatoes instead by you may still need some passata to make the mixture more liquid)
  •  1 can of kidney beans
  • Paprika
  • Chilli powder

Method:                                        

  1. Add a tablespoon of oil and stir in the onions, adding a pinch of paprika and chilli powder.
  2. Once the onions have started to soften add in the garlic and ginger, but leave at least 30 seconds before adding the ginger.
  3. Next add the peppers and as they slowly start to soften mix the peppers into the mixture.
  4. Once everything has softened and the onions have a nice shine stir in the quorn mince.
  5. Mix it in slowly and stop once the mince becomes a dark brown.
  6. Leave to sit for five minutes adding in the spices paprika and chilli powder to taste.
  7. Once the kidney beans have been thoroughly washed add them to the mixture and stir.
  8. Add two cartons of passata and leave the chilli to simmer for 45 minutes.
  9. Once it has cooked through, serve with pasta, rice or even nachos. Add as much or as little cheese or chopped tomatoes as you want. Enjoy!