Chilli sin Carne

We are going back to basics with this recipe and remaking the Tex Mex firm favourite…Chilli con carne or rather chilli sin carne as this one is plant-based.

The key to this one is the soffrito mix which is a mixture of pre-chopped onions, celery and carrots and forms the beginning of this recipe as well as many other Spanish/Mexican and Mediterranean dishes.

The French refer to this 3 veg combo as mirepoix, the Catalans say softegit, the Portuguese use the word refogado and the Spanish and Italians say sofrito and soffritto respectively. Basically these are all different words meaning ‘tiny cubes of celery, onions and carrots sautéed in cooking oil’.

This easy and delicious (and nutritious) plant-based chilli is perfect for making ahead of time and freezing for bulk cooking. There’s a tonne of different ways to serve this too!

The ingredients are as few or as many as you’d like to I’m going to include what I think is essential plus some optional extras should you dare.


Oil for cooking

2 minced garlic cloves

1 onion diced

2 celery stalks diced

2 carrots diced

100g red lentils

400g kidney beans

400g soy mince

2x 400g tins chopped tomatoes

250ml stock

1 tbsp chilli powder

1 tbsp cumin

Salt and pepper


2 sliced red peppers

1 tbsp miso

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar


Slice of lime


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan.
  2. Sauté the garlic, onion, celery, carrots and peppers for a few minutes, on a medium heat, until softened and translucent
  3. Add the cumin, chilli powder, salt and pepper and stir
  4. Pour in the chopped tomatoes, kidney beans, lentils, soy mince and vegetable stock. Add in the extra flavourings, if using
  5. Simmer for 25 minutes
  6. Serve with some steamed brown rice, some fresh torn coriander and a lime garnish

Peace to the planet and peace to your pocket.

Love always, The Humble Avocado x x

Published by thestayhumbleavocado

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to come and check out this blog. May you find peace and tranquillity and temporary escapism from the never-ending pressures of our modern day lives. The purpose of this blog is to share with you the art of sustainable living which is is both sustainable to the planet and sustainable to your pocket. I am on this journey with you and I want to share with you the new ideas and perspectives taken on board. I welcome your feedback and would love to hear your opinions, ideas and thoughts on the content added, as well as what you would like to read more of. Peace to the planet and peace to your pocket! Love always, The Humble Avocado x x

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