(Almost) Vegan Beer Chilli

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.

You’ll need:

  • 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:

  • Coriander
  • Red onion
  • Avocado
  • Jalapenos



The recipe:

  1. Get your absolute biggest pot.
  2. Put two tablespoons of olive oil in said pot and warm it on a medium heat.
  3. Add chopped onion. Sautee for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add chopped capsicums, carrots, and zucchini. Cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic, salt and spices, and cook for another minute.
  6. Add the tomato paste, beer, diced tomatoes, brown sugar, and broth.
  7. Stir well to get any sticky spices or onions from the bottom of the pot. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Drink the rest of the beer.
  9. 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.
  10. If the chilli is too thin, leave it uncovered for another fifteen minutes or so.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.




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