This recipe is one of my favourites – I love a good vegetarian Chilli as a comfort food, and a chilli that has chocolate in it is even better. I have been making this recipe for 20 or so years now. It tastes even better the next day when the flavours have really infused so if you are making it for friends you can make it the day before they come over.
Chilli Non Carne
You will need
2 sticks of celery finely sliced, making sure to include the leaves which have all the flavour
1 large or 2 small capsicums diced, you want the pieces to be between .5 and 1 cm (1/4 inch), you don’t want them too large and chunky
2 cloves of garlic – I use double this at least but I do love garlic so feel free to use more if you are also a garlic lover
2 onions finely diced
2 dessertspoons of chilli paste (more or less if you want extra hot or mild)
2 dessertspoons of dried oregano
1 dessertspoon of cumin powder
A good slug of olive oil.
Pop all this on the stove to simmer until the onions are tender, stir occasionally and whilst its simmering away prepare:
4 cups of carrots diced finely as above or grated if you want a mushier texture. I like the carrots diced because I really enjoy carrot flavour but my Girls prefer the carrots grated.
1 400 g tin of kidney beans
1 400 g tin of diced tomatoes
When the onions are tender and all those spices have cooked and blended add the carrots, kidney beans and tomatoes and cook covered over low heat until the carrots are really cooked. Normally I like my veggies crunchy but for this recipe you really want those carrots to be soft and to absorb all the chilli flavour.
Usually cooking the carrots takes about 30 minutes. When cooked add,
50 grams of good quality dark chocolate
2 tablespoons of tomato paste or pesto
Stir until the chocolate has melted, the chocolate will give the chilli a lovely rich colour and deeper flavour.
Serve with coriander (cilantro) salsa, sour cream or greek yogurt and rice or corn chips
Combine in equal proportions:
diced avacado, cucumber and tomato
Sprinkle with lemon juice and lightly toss through 2 tablespoons of fresh coriander