Some nights you just crave something spicy and comforting like this healthy vegetarian chilli.
Grab a few key ingredients from the fridge and the pantry and you can have a healthy, weight loss friendly dinner sorted quick smart.
Feel free to reduce or remove the chilli if cooking for children.  VegetarianChilli


  • 2 large red onions, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp minced chilli (or to taste)
  • 1 red capsicum, de-seeded and cut into 2cm cubes
  • 1 x 400g tin of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 x 400g tins of diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup of hot water
  • Salt and pepper


  • Heat a frying pan over med/high heat.
  • Add the oil to the pan and heat through.
  • Add the garlic and chilli and stir quickly before adding the onions.
  • Fry the onions for around 6 minutes.
  • Add the capsicum and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  • Pour in the kidney beans and stir well, ensuring they get coated in the onion mixture. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and bring to the boil, while stirring.
  • Season to taste, and then add the hot water to loosen the mixture. Bring to the boil again.
  • Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer uncovered for 45 – 60 minutes.

Serves: 4. Calories per serve: 160.  

There are so many options for how to serve this chilli.
Here are some of our ideas:

  • Wrap in lettuce or cabbage leaves as a ‘wrap’ with a sprinkling of cheese
  • Serve with wholegrain penne
  • Toast some strips of Mountain Bread to use as a healthy nachos-style chip
  • Dollop with low fat sour cream or home made guacamole 
  • Serve on top of a jacket potato
  • Pop it in a wholegrain wrap with some rocket lettuce
  • Enjoy with some brown rice, quinoa or cous cous
  • Throw on some chopped spicy jalapenos for an extra adults-only kick

It’s essential to serve the chilli with some extra veggies or healthy carbs, as it is very low in calories and needs the extra nutrition to make it a substantial meal. Try a few different options and see which you like the best.
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