Brisket, bean and vegetable chilli

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Brisket, bean and vegetable chilli

Main Serves 4 1h 5 min
This uses up half a piece of cooked, shredded brisket from a 1.3kg (uncooked weight) piece of beef, but will work equally as well as a veggie chilli on its own. Serve with rice or warmed tortillas and add in extras you like the sound of – chopped fresh coriander leaves, grated cheddar, a dollop of soured cream or yoghurt, chopped avocado, whatever takes your fancy.

Cook's notes

try this with leftover cooked roast chicken instead of beef, if you prefer.


  • oil for frying e.g. sunflower or light olive
  • 2 onions, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 large or more smaller carrots, peeled and chopped into 1-2cm dice
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 2 red peppers, deseeded and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped or crushed
  • 1-2 fresh chillies, deseeded and finely chopped, or ½ tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • piece of dark chocolate
  • 2 tins of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
  • ½ a piece of cooked beef brisket, shredded
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 15 min
Cooking time: 50 min
  • Step 1

    Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large saucepan. Add the onions, carrots, celery and peppers for 15 minutes, stirring now and then, and adding a splash of water if they look like they might catch and burn.
  • Step 2

    Add the garlic, chillies, oregano, paprika, cumin, coriander and tomato purée. Stir for 2 minutes.
  • Step 3

    Add the chocolate, red kidney beans and tinned tomatoes. Refill both the tomato tins with water and add that too. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Step 4

    Bring the pan up to a low boil. Simmer for 25 minutes, until the veg is tender. Top up with a little water if needed to stop it becoming too gloopy.
  • Step 5

    When the chilli is almost cooked, stir in the shredded brisket and warm it through.
  • Step 6

    Check the seasoning. Serve with a wedge of lime and your choice of accompaniments.

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