Recipe: Six-ingredient Chilli

I’m afraid there are no photos to go with this recipe, because I made it when I was very, very tired and couldn’t face cooking – and so I didn’t think to photograph it.  Which is a pity, because it’s a nice, tasty recipe for a tired night.  And vegan, too!  (Until you cover it with cheese, like I did…)

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1 brown onion
1-2 tbsp chilli con carne, guacamole, mole, or other similar Mexican spice mix.  This is a recipe for a tired night, you don’t have to come up with your own mix, but do make sure this contains both cumin and chilli.
2 chipotle chillis in adobo
1 -2 large sweet potatoes (around 800 g in total)
2 x 400 g tins chopped tomatoes
2 x 400 g tins black beans

Now what will you do with it?

OK, seven ingredients.  I forgot the olive oil.  Tired day, remember?  So splash a little olive oil into the saucepan before you start.

Chop your onion fairly finely – not Masterchef finely, but you don’t want great big chunks, either – and put into the saucepan with the oil and the spice mix.  Cook over medium heat until soft.

Meanwhile, peel the sweet the potato, and chop it into cubes that are about 1.5 cm.  Add to the saucepan as you go, and stir around with the onions and spices.

Finely chop the chipotle chillis – they sort of want to go to a puree and you should let them.  Throw them in.

By now, the sweet potato is probably trying to stick.  Add the tomatoes and give everything a good stir, that should sort it out.

Add the beans too.  I mean, yes, you could simmer the sweet potato in the sauce until it’s nearly done and then add the beans, but this is a Thursday night and it’s been a bad day, so just chuck the whole lot in and then go play on the computer or have a nice lie down.

Cover the saucepan, turn down the heat, and let everything simmer for an hour or so, until the sweet potato is soft.

Serve with tortilla chips and guacamole, and yes, probably quite a lot of grated cheese if you’ve had that sort of day.


This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and low GI.  Full of FODMAPs, however.  Sorry about that.

I’m sorry, I really am desperately tired here.  I can’t think of any variations at all.

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