Mixed Pepper and Kidney Bean Chili with Tortilla Chips

This is the third in a series of recipes I came up with to feed four people for under four euro. I want to show that being vegan doesn’t need to be expensive and is affordable and accessible for many people.

In this recipe I used an onion, a Tesco three pack of mixed peppers, Tesco tinned whole peeled plum tomatoes, Tesco tinned kidney beans, Tesco smoked paprika, ground cumin and chilli flakes, and Tesco lightly salted tortilla chips. I only used a little of the spices so only counted the price of the amount I used, but they should keep for a long time so can be used in future, and are quite cheap to buy anyway.

This was such a straight forward and quick recipe, and really tasty. The peppers made it colourful and fresh tasting, which went great with the tortilla chips. It was a fun meal, but still nutritious. I normally would add more spices and herbs, but it was nice for a change to just use a few and to appreciate the simple, vibrant flavours.




  • 1 onion (22c)
  • 3 different coloured peppers (1.59)
  • 1 tin of kidney beans (23c)
  • 1 tin of whole peeled plum tomatoes (39c)
  • 1 heaped tsp smoked paprika (21c)
  • 1 heaped tsp ground cumin (6c)
  • A dash of chilli flakes (5c)
  • Tortilla chips to serve (75c)

(Total price – €3.50)

How it’s made:

  • Heat 2 tbsp. of oil in a large pan over a medium heat.
  • Peel and dice the onion. Fry for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft.
  • Deseed and dice the peppers. Fry with the onion, for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft.
  • Add the tin of tomatoes and crush them with a wooden spoon.
  • Drain and rinse the kidney beans, and add to the pan with the spices.
  • Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with tortilla chips.

(The prices are from Tesco Ireland, on the 5th of February 2016.)