Like Game of Thrones and Sriracha sauce, spring is obscenely overrated. Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? No thanks. Fuzzy socks, mulled wine, and more jumpers than my body can handle, please.
Cling to the last of the winter cold and cook up a big-ass pot of chilli that you can easily “veganify” for your plant-loving friends. Best of all, this is a one-pot (and seriously inexpensive) recipe that yields a great amount – perfect for students.
- 2 cans of kidney beans (or any bean you like)
- 1 can of low-sodium diced tomatoes
- 1 cup of beer, preferably a stout. *If going vegan, double check the brand. A lot of beers – particularly stouts – use isinglass and are not vegan/vegetarian
- 1 biggish onion
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 carrots
- 1 zucchini (if that’s too bland, replace with broccolini, chopped green beans, peas etc.)
- 2 capsicums – they’re pricier, but use at least one yellow capsicum. They’re sweeter and help balance the bitterness of canned tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons of low-sodium tomato paste
- 1 cup of vegetable broth
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of cumin, paprika, chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
Optional (but highly recommended) toppings:
- Red onion
- Get your absolute biggest pot.
- Put two tablespoons of olive oil in said pot and warm it on a medium heat.
- Add chopped onion. Sautee for about 5 minutes.
- Add chopped capsicums, carrots, and zucchini. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the garlic, salt and spices, and cook for another minute.
- Add the tomato paste, beer, diced tomatoes, brown sugar, and broth.
- Stir well to get any sticky spices or onions from the bottom of the pot. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
- Drink the rest of the beer.
- Drain the beans and rinse, and then add to the mixture. Bring the heat back to medium-high and let it simmer for another 30 minutes. Put a lid on it.
- If the chilli is too thin, leave it uncovered for another fifteen minutes or so.
- Add the lemon juice and stir. It should be done, but remember to taste it! Depending on your taste, you may want to add more chilli powder or salt.
- Serve with any of the above recommended toppings, Instagram your creation, and get back under the doona.
Serves four to six, or one on a rainy day with Netflix.