Vegan Mushroom Chilli

A traditional meal recreated for a vegan friendly family dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Course Dinner, Vegetarian Flexitarian
Cuisine South African, Vegetarian
Servings 6


For the chilli

  • 1 large brown onion finely diced
  • 2 stalks celery sliced
  • 1 medium carrot grated
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 2 whole chipotle chillies in adobo sauce
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tins diced tomatoes
  • 1 tin black beans drained
  • 1 tin lentils drained
  • 1 tin cannellini beans drained
  • 250 ml mushroom stock
  • 500 tg portabellini mushrooms
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil, for cooking

For serving

  • Fresh coriander roughly chopped
  • Lime wedges
  • Sliced avocado
  • Pickled onions
  • Brown rice


For the main

  • Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large Dutch oven.
    Add the onion and cook until tender.
    Add the celery, carrot and garlic. Cook until fragrant and beginning to soften.
  • Add the red pepper, chipotle chillies, cumin, oregano and paprika.
    Cook for a few minutes, coating all the veg well in the spices.
  • Pour in the tinned tomatoes, all the drained legumes and the stock.
    Bring to a simmer.
  • Simmer on low heat for 30 minutes to bring all the flavours together and reduce slightly.
    Add a little stock or water if you reduce it too much.
    Taste to adjust seasoning.
  • While the chilli cooks prepare the mushrooms.
    Slice mushrooms into quarters.
    Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large frying pan.
    Add the mushrooms and cook until they release all their water and are golden brown.
  • Just before finishing add the cumin and paprika. Toss to coat well.
  • When the chilli has sufficiently simmered add the mushrooms and stir through to combine.
    Taste to adjust seasoning
  • Serve generous spoonfuls of mushroom chilli over brown rice.
    Top with fresh coriander, avocado and pickled onions.
  • Squeeze over some fresh lime juice and enjoy!
Keyword dinner, vegan