1largesweet potato (roughly 300g), chopped into small chunks
2cloves garlic finely chopped
1tsppaprika, plus extra for dusting
1.5tspcumin, plus extra for dusting
1tspcinnamon, plus extra for dusting
0.5tspcayenne pepper (to taste)
1red bell pepper, chopped
1largecarrot, finely chopped
1400g canchopped tomatoes
1400g canred kidney beans, roughly drained
20gfresh coriander/cilantro finely chopped
Pre-heat the oven to 200C, 180C fan or gas mark 6.
Roast the sweet potato
Add the sweet potato along with a few lugs of oil into a baking tray or pyrex dish, sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon, cumin and paprika and roast in the oven for 20 mins.
In the meantime make the beans
In a small pan add half the chopped onions, a tablespoon of oil and half the chopped garlic cloves. Fry until the onions soften, then add half of the spices and fry until they become aromatic.
Add the black beans and a dash of the red wine into the pan and simmer slowly until all the water has disappeared. Then mash the beans roughly so that they resemble re-fried beans.
Start the vegetables
While the beans are cooking and the sweet potato is in the oven. Heat the rest of the onion and oil in a large casserole size pan and soften. Add the garlic and rest of the spices. Fry until they become fragrant.
Add the carrots, red pepper, red wine, tomato and kidney beans to the pan. Simmer with the lid on until the carrots are nice and soft. You can add a splash of water if the mixture becomes too dry.
Combine everything into the large pan
Once the carrots are nice and soft, add the black bean mixture to the large pan and simmer for a few minutes. Then add the sweet potato and coriander. Simmer for roughly 5 minutes.
I like to let my chilli rest for about 20 mins before serving as the flavours deepen during this time. But you can serve immediately with rice and condiments of your choice.
This recipe makes 4 large or 6 smaller portions and is perfect for freezing
If you don't have red wine you can replace it with the same volume of vegetable stock and 2 tbsps of Balsamic Vinegar
The reason for cooking the beans separately is to ensure that everything doesn't become too mushy