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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.


  • Oil for frying e.g. sunflower or light olive
  • 2 onions, peeled & finely diced
  • 2 large or more smaller carrots, peeled & chopped into 1-2cm dice
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 2 red peppers, deseeded & diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled & finely chopped or crushed
  • 1-2 fresh chillies, deseeded & 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 & rinsed
  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
  • ½ a piece of cooked beef brisket, shredded
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • Salt & pepper


  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.
  2. Add the garlic, chillies, oregano, paprika, cumin, coriander and tomato purée. Stir for 2 minutes.
  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.
  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.
  5. When the chilli is almost cooked, stir in the shredded brisket and warm it through.
  6. Check the seasoning. Serve with a wedge of lime and your choice of accompaniments.

Cooks notes

try this with leftover cooked roast chicken instead of beef, if you prefer.
want to cook with fresh ingredients? try one of our award winning veg boxes