Simple Vegetable Chilli Recipe for Families

Vegetable Chilli Recipe

Today I’m happy to be sharing a super simple vegetable chilli recipe that’s perfect for colder days.

For someone who can’t cook, I spend a ridiculous amount of time watching people cooking on TV.

I’ve recently been watching The Big Family Cooking Showdown, a new family cookery show on BBC that is hosted by Nadiya from GBBO. Penguin me a free copy of the recipe book and I decided to try one of the recipes. Since Flea’s a vegetarian, I gave her the choice of the recipes and she opted for vegetable chilli with home-made tortilla chips and mini tortillas.

As with most recipes, we made a few substitutions here and there. Flea is quite fussy about vegetables (for a vegetarian) so it was out with the mushrooms and sweet potato, and in with the regular potatoes and extra carrots. Overall, I think we did quite well. Brilliantly, if you take into account the fact that I MADE MY OWN TORTILLA CHIPS. I know, right? Amazing.

You’ll find the vegetable chilli recipe below, if you’d like to give it a try.

Vegetable Chilli with Home-Made Tortillas

vegetable chilli recipe


  • 2 small sweet potatoes (we used 5 new potatoes)
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 red chilli, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1.5 red onions
  • 150g chestnut mushrooms (we didn’t use)
  • Aubergine (1 medium, chopped)
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 x 400g tins kidney beans in chilli sauce
  • 1 x 400g tinned tomatoes
  • Dash of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Dash of red wine vinegar
  • Dash Tabasco or hot sauce
  • 200ml vegetable stock
  • 1 bunch coriander

family friendly chilli recipe


  • To start the veggie chilli, chop the potatoes and season with paprika/chilli, drizzle with oil and roast for 20 mins in a 200 degree oven.
  • In a pan, use olive oil to cook off the chopped celery, onion and carrot for 10 minutes. Add the garlic and chilli, then after another minute, add the remaining chopped vegetables. Cook for 10 more minutes.
  • Add the remaining chilli and ground coriander, along with the paprika and cumin. Cook for 2 minutes
  • Next, stir in the kidney beans, reserving half a tin to serve with the chips.
  • Add the tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, tabasco, red wine vinegar, and stock. Bring to boil and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Finally, add the chopped fresh coriander and roasted potato, and cook for 5 minutes.

To make your own tortilla chips, simply cut a flour tortilla into triangles and spritz with oil and seasoning, before cooking in a hot oven (220 degrees) for 7-8 minutes. The recipe actually calls for deep frying, but we find baked is healthier and less fuss.

You can serve the chilli with tortillas, tortilla chips, sour cream and refried beans (simply cook onion in oil for 5 minutes, add half a tin of kidney beans and chilli, then simmer for 1-2 minutes). Serve with rice if preferred (or if you’re hungry, have both!). We also like chilli with slices of avocado and grated cheese.

mexican vegetable chilli recipe family friendly

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