Microwave Chilli

For a super speedy supper, try this delicious vegetarian kidney bean chilli - a great way to get 2 of your 5-a-day in this microwavable, midweek meal

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 5 mins

Serves: 2


  • ½ small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • knob of butter
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika (sweet or smoked depending on preference)
  • pinch of chilli flakes or chilli powder
  • 400g chopped tomatoes, drained and juice reserved
  • 400g can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½   cup of corn kernels
  • ½ vegetable stock cube
  • 2 squares dark chocolate
  • soured cream, to serve (optional)
  • coriander, to serve (optional)


  1. Put the onion, garlic, butter and spices in a microwaveable container, give it a quick stir, then heat in the microwave on HIGH for 30-40 secs. 

  2. Leave to stand for 1 min, then add the chopped tomatoes, corn, beans, stock cube and chocolate.

  3. Cover with cling film and pierce 3 times. Place some kitchen paper on your microwave turntable, put the container on top and cook for 2 mins on HIGH. Stir well and leave to stand for 1 min.

  4. If your chilli starts to dry out, add some of the reserved tomato juice, but remember that it won’t reduce as much in the microwave as it would on the hob.

  5. Cover and cook on Medium for a further 2 mins.

  6. Give it a good stir and allow to stand for 1 min before serving topped with soured cream, avocado and coriander, if you like.

Disclaimer: Microwave cooking times may vary.

Recipe originally published by BBC Food.