Chopped onion, a few sliced mushrooms in to fry down gently, and a few finger peppers - four in my case, and one mild, though I should really have used more; I'd been anticipating bird's eye heat. All tossed around for a while, to make sure the peppers and the rest were able to release all their flavors. =:9
Then, a good bit of garlic paste, a healthy sprinkling of cayenne, some basil, oregano, rosemary, coriander, and plenty of cumin.
A tin of chopped tomatoes and a tin of beans - black beans, in my case, but you can use any you prefer, or a mix. Baked beans are fine as well, and often available particularly cheaply. A good bit of TVP as protein (Tesco vegan mince in this case; Ocado's is also good), and then left to all get back up to heat and simmer through for a bit.
I felt it needed some perking up at this point, and went for: a little ground chocolate, teaspoon of sugar, good dash of balsamic, and some soy sauce.
Served on brown rice. (Always handy to have some ready in the fridge; I used to use microwave rice, but aside from being a little cheaper, going "fresh" means you get that lovely bit of chewiness that's always lost in the precooked stuff. A 2kg bag of rice will last a while, too) And there's enough left for another meal. ^_^
@porsupah Chili sounds great right now
@interneteh It's such a brilliant comfort food, ne? And making it yourself means you get to make it as mild or hair-raising as you wish. ^_^
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