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What other beans / veg work in chilli con carne?

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PoesyCherish Mon 19-Nov-18 12:55:33

I want to make chilli con carne but fed up of the same old recipe. We typically use brown onions, red kidney beans and chopped tomatoes. As well as changing it up a bit, I'd also like to bulk it out so it goes further and costs less per portion.

What other veg or beans do you put in?

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Watto1 Mon 19-Nov-18 12:57:38

I put a good handful of red lentils in mine. My sister uses a tin of baked beans in hers . Not my cup of tea but she likes it!

Singlenotsingle Mon 19-Nov-18 12:57:53

Grated carrot?

PurpleDaisies Mon 19-Nov-18 12:58:47

Veggie here so I either use brown, green or red lentils to replace the mince or just use a mix of vegetables.

I like mushrooms, courgettes, peppers, onions (red or brown), sometimes roasted butternut squash or sweet potato.

Any beans work, including baked beans as an emergency!

tattychicken Mon 19-Nov-18 12:59:11

Lentils, grated carrots, celery, any sort of beans I can find in the cupboard! Black eyed, cannellini, borlotti.

Ihopeyourcakeisshit Mon 19-Nov-18 12:59:18

Sliced/diced peppers, black beans.
Had sweetcorn in one once which was nice.

JellieEllie Mon 19-Nov-18 13:00:19

I put a tin of sweetcorn in mine. Always goes down well with anyone who has tried it.

PoesyCherish Mon 19-Nov-18 13:00:34

Any beans work, including baked beans as an emergency!

This reminds me of being a student. I can't for the life of me remember what I was making but value baked beans were by far the cheapest so I used to just buy them and wash them in a colander to get rid of the tomato sauce.

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OneShotFinch Mon 19-Nov-18 13:00:34

Always add lots of diced peppers to mine!

ClickyJoints Mon 19-Nov-18 13:00:45

Any veg work well, chopped peppers, lentils , finely chopped celery, tin of mixed beans

SenecaFalls Mon 19-Nov-18 13:01:09

I use black beans.

tellmewhenthespaceshiplands Mon 19-Nov-18 13:01:31

Sweet potato and chick peas are lovely.

FlamingJuno Mon 19-Nov-18 13:01:46

If I'm making a veggie version, and sometimes just because, I put chickpeas, baked beans and butter beans in with the kidney beans. I also use sweetcorn.

MightyFrightningSpouse Mon 19-Nov-18 13:07:36

Baked beans (with the sauce! Balances the spice) and sometimes a handful of sweetcorn and peas. Maybe try red pepper, or black eyed peas? You can buy "Mexican beans" in a spicy sauce from most supermarkets which tastes nice too!

DamnCommandments Mon 19-Nov-18 13:10:34

Black beans and sweetcorn.

I use 500g mince, one can of passatta, one can of red kidney beans, one can of black beans, and one small can of sweetcorn.

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BrieAndChilli Mon 19-Nov-18 13:16:36

i buy the tins of mixed beans, add kidney beans, meat, grated carrot, finely chopped onion, peppers, courgette, and some red lentils/

dementedpixie Mon 19-Nov-18 13:18:27

We always have mixed peppers and mushrooms as well as a mix of beans

bobstersmum Mon 19-Nov-18 13:18:35

I used to work for nhs and we had to cook for up to 8 patients plus staff, on a small budget, we added tins of baked beans to our chilli plus very finely diced carrots and chopped peppers, as well as onion, garlic, tinned tomatoes, chilli powder. Rarely used jar sauces because we would have needed at least 2 and for less than half that price we could make our own, and it was better!

PhillyJoe Mon 19-Nov-18 13:19:42

I like to add courgette, peppers, sweet corn and a tin of mixed beans. I added butternut squash last time which was a step too far for my children but I liked it.

Gribbie Mon 19-Nov-18 13:19:55

Butter beans work fine. I usually add a time of them as well as kidney beans.

Gribbie Mon 19-Nov-18 13:20:11

Tin 🙄

DunkandEggAgain Mon 19-Nov-18 13:20:46

My favourite non meat chilli recipe that I always return to is by using butternut squash and black beans in place of mince.
This is with the usual tomato, green pepper, chipotle, cumin, oregano, etc etc.
Always turns out well with a dollop of sour cream with the juice of a lime stirred through.
I ALWAYS toast rice in butter before cooking - it goes nutty and tastes lovely with the flavours of the chilli.

babysharkah Mon 19-Nov-18 13:22:16

I make colodado green chilli which needs tomatinos, difficult to get but some major supermarkets stock them.

Also do a summer chilli with pork mince, green beans and canellini beans.

explodingkitten Mon 19-Nov-18 14:18:27

We use a combination of brown beans and kidney beans (although I'll use any bean that's still in the cupboard), we add chopped paprika and occasionally mushrooms (and onikns and garlic of course). If we have celery or carrots available and DH's cooking then he'll add that too. We sometimes serve it with cauliflower rice if we're hungry but don't want to overeat. We serve it with a bit of sour cream or ricotta (because that's less calories).

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