Chilli Stuffed Peppers

This easy vegan chilli mince is the perfect comfort food made with veggies and smoked tofu, it’s got a seriously delicious deep flavour. This recipe is with stuffed peppers but you ca opt for other vegetables like courgette, squash, portobello or potato. I’ve used a food processor here to dice all the vegetables and tofu to make this dish easy and that perfect texture.

Serves 10 halves

Cooks in 30 Minutes


5 peppers
200g smoked tofu cut into sections
200g button mushrooms washed and stemmed
2 medium sized carrots washed and topped
1.5 tbsp. tomato paste
1 red onion peeled and cut in half
4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 tbsp. olive oil
3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp. ground cumin
1 tbsp. dried oregano
½ tbsp. smoked paprika

100g grated cheese (I used Violife white cheddar here)


Preheat the oven to 200°C.
In a food processor add the smoked tofu chunks and mix into a crumb texture like a mince (warning: try not to over mix into a spread). Remove from the processor and tip into a bowl.
Add the onion to the food processor and blend into small pieces.
Next add the carrots and mushroom and blend into small pieces (you can do these separately if that suits better). Try not to over mix to avoid the mushrooms turning to mush. Basically, we want the vegetable and tofu in tiny pieces.
In a large pot add the olive oil, tip in the onion and crushed garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes over a medium-high heat.
Add in the oregano, paprika, cumin and tomato paste and stir for 30 seconds.
Toss in the mushroom, carrot, tofu, and tinned tomatoes and bring the pot to a steady simmer for 10 minutes.
Pour in the red wine vinegar and stir.
Place the chilli mix to one side.
Prepare the peppers by washing and halving them, removing the seeds and stem. Add 3-4 tbsp. of the chilli mix to each half, evenly distributing between the 10 haves.
Place the peppers into the oven to cook for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, remove and sprinkle over the shredded cheese.
Place them back on for a final 5 minutes (30 minutes in total).