Mixed Bean Chilli

This recipe creates a healthy meal full of different bean full of protein, fibre and iron. Jazz it up by adding more fresh vegetables such as spinach, sweetcorn, courgettes and mushrooms.

Serves: 2


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tin of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small tin of butter beans, drained
  • 1 small tin of chickpeas, drained
  • 1 large tin of baked beans
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of chilli powder


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and gently fry the onion, celery, carrot, pepper and garlic until soft.
  2. Add the kidney beans, butter beans, chickpeas, baked beans (in their sauce) and chilli powder to the mixture. You may need to add a little water to stop the mixture sticking. Bring to the boil and simmer over a low heat for about 15 minutes.

Serve with rice, tortillas, wedges or baked potatoes.                                                     

Top Tip   

Use any type of beans or tin of mixed beans, add a tin of tomatoes to make it go further. A good pinch of paprika will give the dish a lovely smokey taste.