I’m never sure why people diss beans and lentils, they have everything going for them. They’re tasty, cheap and highly nutritious.
A bean chilli is way more interesting and multi-dimensional than a meat one, and this one is super-speedy to make and it’s likely you have the ingredients in stock.
The ultimate in healthy convenience.
Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the garlic, chilli and onions until soft, about 5 mins.
Add the chopped pepper, smoked paprika and cumin and cook for a few mins.
Add the sugar, tomatoes, puree, beans and salt. Cook for 10-15 mins.
Sprinkle with the crumbled feta to serve.
Black beans, and beans in general, provide a superb (and inexpensive) amount of protein and fibre. A lot of the starch in black beans is ‘resistant starch’, which means it’s is not broken down in the upper digestive tract but remains intact until it reaches the lower parts, where it fuels the beneficial bacteria that live there. These bacteria are vital to good health and they need feeding!
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