Vegetarian chilli tacos

Vegetarian chilli tacos

Tacos with a spicy bean filling and all the trimmings. Serve with a side salad.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • onion, finely chopped
  • garlic clove
  • celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 200g/7oz brown cap/shiitake mushrooms, chopped
  • bird’s-eye chillies, chopped
  • 100g/3½oz tomato purée
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 100ml/3½fl oz red wine
  • 150ml/5fl oz vegetable stock
  • 150g/5oz canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 150g/5oz canned butterbeans, rinsed and drained
  • 150g/5oz canned soya beans, rinsed and drained
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
To serve
  • 12 ready-made taco shells, warmed
  • 150g/5oz Monterey Jack (or similar mild) cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 200ml/7fl oz soured cream
  • cactus pickles, chopped (if available)

Preparation method

  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Fry the onion, garlic and celery until soft.
  2. Add the mushrooms and chillies and cook for one minute.
  3. Add the tomato purée and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
  4. When the mushrooms are soft, add the cocoa powder, wine and stock and bring to the boil.
  5. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, then add all of the beans and cook for a further 10-12 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced and the beans are all heated through.
  6. To serve, place 2-3 tablespoonfuls of the bean chilli in each taco shell. Top with the grated cheese, chopped coriander, soured cream and cactus pickles (if using), and place onto plates.

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