Feed Four People for under Four Euro: Mixed Pepper and Kidney Bean Chili with Tortilla Chips

Mixed Pepper and Kidney Bean Chili with Tortilla Chips

This is the third in a series of recipes I came up with to feed four people for under four euro.  I want to show that being vegan doesn’t need to be expensive and is affordable and accessible for many people.

In this recipe I used an onion, a Tesco three pack of mixed peppers, Tesco tinned whole peeled plum tomatoes, Tesco tinned kidney beans, Tesco smoked paprika, ground cumin and chilli flakes, and Tesco lightly salted tortilla chips.  I only used a little of the spices so only counted the price of the amount I used, but they should keep for a long time so can be used in future, and are quite cheap to buy anyway.

This was such a straight forward and quick recipe, and really tasty.  The peppers made it colourful and fresh tasting, which went great with the tortilla chips.  It was a fun meal, but still nutritious.  I normally would add more spices and herbs, but it was nice for a change to just use a few and to appreciate the simple, vibrant flavours.



1 onion (22c)

3 different coloured peppers (1.59)

1 tin of kidney beans (23c)

1 tin of whole peeled plum tomatoes (39c)

1 heaped tsp smoked paprika (21c)

1 heaped tsp ground cumin (6c)

A dash of chilli flakes (5c)

Tortilla chips to serve (75c)

(Total price – €3.50)


How it’s made:

Heat 2 tbsp. of oil in a large pan over a medium heat.

Peel and dice the onion.  Fry for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft.

Deseed and dice the peppers.  Fry with the onion, for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft.

Add the tin of tomatoes and crush them with a wooden spoon.  Drain and rinse the kidney beans, and add to the pan with the spices.

Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with tortilla chips.

(The prices are from Tesco Ireland, on the 5th of February 2016.)


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