Thursday, 20 October 2011

Stuffed Red Pepper with vegetarian chill and Refried Beans


This is an extensive recipe that has four parts to it. First you need to create the vegetarian chilli, before you can stuff and cook the peppers and you need to have the beans cooked before you can refry them. Then whilst the peppers are in the fridge you need to refry the beans. I have actually never done any of this before and it was another dish that came to me whilst I was out running this morning. As there are so many parts I have spilt the recipe up. This dish serves 4.

Preparing the Beans

300g dried pinto beans (WARNING Beans must be soaked for a minimum of 12 hours before you can use)
1 large onion, peeled but left whole
4 garlic cloves, peeled but left whole
1.5ltr of cold water

Place all the ingredients into a large pan, bring to a firece boil for 10 minutes and then turn the heat down to bring it to a boil and cook for a minimum of 90 minutes. Once cooked drain and discard the cloves of garlic and onion. Mash the beans into a thick paste and place to one side.

Making the Chilli

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, peeled and finely sliced
1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely sliced
1 chilli with seeds, sliced (if you want less heat do not use seeds)
1 tbsp of cumin powder
1 tsp of corriander powder
75g soya mince
2 tbsp of tomato puree
400g tin tomatoes
400g kidney beans in water
salt and pepper to season
500ml of water

Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and chillli and cook until the onions are soft. Stir in the cumin and corriander powder and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Add the soya mince and heat stirring for about 5 minutes. Then add the tomato puree and cook until the puree is almost burnt (about 5 minutes).

Add the tomatoes and the kidney beans, the water from the beans and mix together. You may have to add some tap water as the soya may soak up all the liquid. Add salt and pepper for seasoning (you may not need salt because the kidney bean water may have enough salt already).

Simmer for about 40 minutes, keeping an eye that it doesn't dry out.. You may have to add more water as you go along- I did quite often.


For the Stuffed Peppers

4 Red Peppers, cut length ways (keep the stalks attached)
Pre-made vegetarian chilli (as above)
20g vegetarian cheese


Pre heat the oven to 180C. Clean out the peppers and fill them with the vegetarian chilli. Place them on a baking tray and add some of the grated cheese on top.

Place in the oven for 30 minutes.

For the Refried Beans

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp corriander powder
1 tsp paprika
pre-made mashed pinto beans
salt and pepper to season

Put the olive oil in a pan and heat, add the garlic, cumin, corriander and paprika, and stir until the garlic is almost brown.

Add the refried beans and cook, stirring occasionaly for about 10 minutes.

Place the refried beans on a plate and put the stuff peppers on top.




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