Saturday, 23 July 2011

Recipe: Chilli NON-Carne

This one is quite filling, easy to make and you can have it as mild or hot as you like. Instead of meat, you use firm tofu which you can buy in sealed, packaged blocks at the supermarket. Tofu is great at absorbing the flavours around it and with so many herbs and spices used in the recipe, the result is very yummy.

What you will need:
2 onions, finely chopped (optional)
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed (optional)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 block of firm tofu, cut into 1 cm cubes
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 tin of kidney beans (rinsed)
1 tin of corn
Dash or two each of ground cumin, coriander and dried chilli powder
Fresh shopped parsely, basil and rosemary (dried, if fresh unavailable). A dash of each.
Cooked rice - however much you like! I usually do about 2 cups dried, cooked in a rice cooker. Basmati or even jasmine rice go well with this.


Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil for 4-5 minutes. Add tofu and stir to coat with oil. Cook for 5-6 minutes to lightly brown the tofu. Add tomatoes, beans, corn, herbs and spices. Bring to a simmer and then reduce heat. Cover with a lid and allow to cook on medium heat for 30-40 minutes. When done, serve on rice.
Easy and tasty!


  1. Can't wait to make this one thanks Xanthi! <3

  2. I might try with tofu next time. I make chilli with lentils (brown) and kidney beans, which is surprisingly a good mix.