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Three Bean Chilli topped with Sweet Potato

April 13, 2016

Low on Equipment

I remember when I first started cooking I didn’t have many utensils, at least not as much as I do now.  A few pans and one big oven dish.  Learning how to make the most of having very little is an important life skill and this dinner really reminds me of that.  This is a healthy, tasty, frugal and easy meal to make with only a few pieces of kitchen equipment. The sweet potato topping also means your carbohydrates for the night are sorted.  Don’t be put off by the amount of ingredients, just think of it as extra flavour and enough to


This recipe was adapted from The Really Useful Student Cookbook (Murdoch Books UK Ltd, 2000).


110g dried black beans, 1 tbsp oil, 1/2 large onion (finely chopped), 1 garlic clove (crushed), 1 tsp ground cumin, 1/2 tsp ground coriander, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp chilli powder, 200g chopped tomatoes, 180ml vegetable stock, 200g chickpeas (rinsed and drained), 200g red kidney beans (rinsed and drained), 1 tbsp tomato paste, 1/2 tbsp sugar, 2 large sweet potatoes (boiled, skinned and mushed), 30g cheddar cheese, a handful of cherry tomatoes.


  1. Place the black beans in a large pan and cover with water.
  2. Bring the beans to the boil and set aside for two hours.
  3. Drain the beans and cover with fresh water.
  4. Boil for one more hour until the beans are tender and not mushy.  (It’s a long process but if you want it done right then just trust me.)
  5. Drain the beans.
  6. Heat the oil in a large pan and cook the onion on the medium heat stirring for 5 minutes.
  7. Reduce the heat and then add the garlic and spices.
  8. Add the tomatoes, stock, chickpeas, kidney beans and black beans and combine with the onion mixture.
  9. Bring to the boil then simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
  10. Add the tomato paste, sugar and salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Leave half for another day and place the other half in an oven dish.
  12. Top the chilli with the sweet potato cheese and tomatoes.
  13. Heat in the oven until the cheese has melted.

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