Make and Freeze: Devil’s Delight Chilli

 

Devil's Delight Chilli
Bacon, sausage, and cubed beef make this a meaty chilli. The usual kidney beans are switched up with chickpeas and pinto beans.

One year for Christmas, my father received a cook book titled “His Turn to Cook”.

There was a not so subtle message in that gift, and Dad must have embraced it to some extent, because many of the meals I remember him cooking were from that book and became family staples.

One of these was this chilli, which was often served after coasting parties, alongside my mother’s home made bread and a variety of salads. I always thought of it as a man’s chilli, with all the big hunks of meat, but it’s balanced out by the variety of beans – I especially love the addition of chickpeas.

My favourite thing about any chilli is all the different types of accompaniments. Top it with avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream, cilantro, or fresh tomato salsa. Offer sides of corn chips or corn bread, or serve it over rice, or a crunchy green salad.

You can start this recipe on your stove top and then once the meat is browned, finish it in your slow cooker. It’s better after it sits for a day, or after freezing.


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Devil's Delight Chilli adapted from His Turn to Cook
A twist on the typical chilli this one is spicy and very meaty with bacon, browned sausage, and cubed beef, and uses high fibre chickpeas and pinto beans along with the typical kidney beans. This recipe can easily be made in large batches and frozen for make ahead meals.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Passive Time 1 1/2 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Passive Time 1 1/2 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan cook the bacon until crisp.
  2. Cool on paper towels and then crumble.
  3. Reserve 1 tablespoon of bacon drippings and in the same saucepan as you cooked the bacon brown the sausage until fully cooked. Drain then half lengthwise and cut into slices 1 cm thick.
  4. Reserve 2 tablespoons of sausage drippings and in the same saucepan brown the cubed beef.
  5. Once beef is browned, add in the onions, bell pepper and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring to keep from sticking, until vegetables are softened.
  6. Add bacon, sausage, jalapeno, and spices. Stir.
  7. Add in the tomato paste, diced tomatoes and 1 1/2 cups of water.
  8. Simmer for one and half hours.
  9. Add in the drained beans and simmer for 10 minutes.
  10. Serve with your choice of toppings.

Make and Freeze: Curried Chickpea Filling

Curried chickpea filling
This curried chickpea filling is satisfying, freezer friendly and so versatile – use it to fill sandwiches, as a salad or noodle bowl topper, for breakfast with poached eggs… the possibilities are endless.

This curried chickpea filling is my answer to quick, satisfying and freezer friendly vegetarian meals. It is  warming, with varying textures of mashed and whole chickpeas interspersed with veggies, and seasoned with spices that are interesting, but not overpowering.

And it is just so versatile. You can whip up a big batch, freeze it in 1 cup portions, and then user it in so many ways – without a lot of flavour repeats. Try spooning it into a lettuce wrap, topping a plate of soba noodles, filling a sandwich, spreading between a tostado and poached eggs, or adding some raisins for this moroccan sweet potato and couscous bowl. It’s great at room temperature so an tasty addition to packed lunches and picnics.

It comes from the acclaimed Toronto vegetarian restaurant Fresh.  When we lived in Toronto we dined at Fresh weekly, often enjoying this filling in their Indian Dosas and Energy Bowl. Now that Fresh is a five hour drive away from us, I’m grateful for my Juice for Life cookbook by Fresh Founder Ruth Tal Brown that contains the recipe for the curried chickpea filling (adapted slightly), as well as many other menu staples.

Here are some of the quick, delicious and healthy meals you can make using this filling:

Moroccan Curried Chickpea Bowl Top Down
Moroccan Curried Chickpea Bowl
Warm Curried Chickpea and Tahini Power Wrap
Curried Chickpea Lettuce Wraps

 

 

 

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Vegan Curried Chickpea Filling
This curried chickpea filling is satisfying, freezer friendly and so versatile - use it to fill sandwiches, as a salad or noodle bowl topped, for breakfast with poached eggs... the possibilities are endless.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 min
Cook Time 20 min
Servings
1 cup servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 min
Cook Time 20 min
Servings
1 cup servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil over medium low heat in a large saucepan.
  2. Add the vegetables and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir regularly to make sure they don't stick or brown.
  3. In another pan over medium heat lightly toast the cumin seeds until they release their scent.
  4. Mix together the toasted cumin seeds with the other herbs and spices and add to the softened veggies. Cook five minutes more.
  5. Mash the chickpeas, leaving a few whole and larger pieces. You can do this with a fork, a masher, or by spreading on a cutting board and crushing with a rolling pin.
  6. Add mashed chickpeas along with the tomato paste and hot water to the veggies. Mix and stir until heated through, then add in the cilantro.
Recipe Notes

This filling freezes very well. Store it flat packed in ziplocks in 1 cup portions and then just defrost in the microwave or in a cool water bath.