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Serves 6

Smoky Vegetarian Chilli with Pinto Beans

Prep Time
30 min.
Cooking Time
50 min.
Method
Direct
Prep Time
30 min.
Cooking Time
50 min.
Method
Direct

Ingredients

Chilli
  • 3 courgettes, trimmed and cut in half lengthways
  • 2 large Portobello mushrooms, stems and gills removed
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 fresh corn cobs, outer leaves and silk removed
  • 3 large red peppers
  • 3 white onions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or crushed
  • 1 jalapeño chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chilli powder
  • 875 g/1¾ lb canned Italian plum tomatoes in juice, roughly chopped, juice reserved
  • 250 ml/8 fl oz tomato-vegetable juice
  • 475 g/15-oz can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • Grated Cheddar cheese
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Special Equipment

Instructions

    At the barbecue:

  • 01 Soak the wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes. Prepare the grill for grilling/direct cooking over medium heat (180–230°C/350–450°F).
  • 02 Brush the courgettes and the mushrooms on both sides with oil. Grill the courgettes, mushrooms, corn cobs and peppers over grilling/direct medium heat, with the lid closed, turning as needed. The courgettes will take 4–6 minutes, the mushrooms 6–8 minutes, the corn about 8 minutes and the peppers 10–12 minutes. Remove from the grill as they are done. Put the peppers in a bowl and cover with clingfilm to trap the steam. Let stand for about 10 minutes.
  • 03 Peel away and discard the charred skin from the peppers. Cut off and discard the stems and seeds. Cut the peppers, courgettes and mushrooms into 1-cm/½-inch dice. Cut the corn kernels off the cobs.
  • 04 Warm 2 tablespoons oil in a large cast-iron casserole over grilling/direct medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and jalapeño and cook for about 3 minutes, with the lid closed, until the onion is softened. Stir in the paprika, cumin and chilli powder. Add the canned tomatoes and juice, the tomato-vegetable juice, courgettes, mushrooms, corn and peppers.
  • 05 Drain and add the wood chips to the charcoal or to the smoker box of a gas grill.
  • 06 Simmer the chilli for about 30 minutes, uncovered, with the lid closed, until the juices are thickened, stirring occasionally. If it is cooking too quickly, move over roasting/indirect heat. During the last 5 minutes, stir in the beans and season. Serve warm, topped with cheese.

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