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Vegetable Chilli with Sweet Potato Wedges

Just Childcare
  • Serves: Serves 10 (based on a portion size for a 2-5 year old)
  • Preparation: 5
  • Cooking: 75
  • Ready: 80

A hearty, mild chilli which goes down a treat with both adults and children alike.


  • 500 g veggie mince (such as Quorn mince)
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon mild chilli powder (make sure finished dish is NOT hot)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato purée
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1 x 400g tin red kidney beans
  • 1 small red pepper, diced
  • 1 small green pepper, diced
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into wedges


In a large-bottomed pan add the oil and gently cook the onions and garlic. Add the cumin, coriander and chilli powder and cook for a couple of minutes.

Gradually add the mince and brown evenly. Once all the mince is browned add the purée and chopped tomatoes. Drain and rinse the kidney beans and add these too.

Bring the mixture to the boil then add the peppers. Turn down to a simmer and allow to cook for one hour.

Toss the sweet potato wedges in just enough vegetable oil to coat them, then lay them out on a baking tray and roast at 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6 until golden and crunchy.

Check the consistency of the chilli – it should be thick not watery. If it is watery, allow to cook a little longer for the liquid to reduce.

Additonal notes

Recipe courtesy of Just Childcare, a family group of nurseries in the north west of England.

Allergens information
Some Quorn mince contains egg. If served with sour cream, this will add milk as an allergen.

This dish was served to children at the Buttons and Bows nursery in Atherton on 21 November, 2016.

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