Our mild Vegan Chili Sin Carne is packed full of flavour from the fresh tomatoes and peppers. This can be a perfect meal to get your toddler or kids to eat more veggies and pulses.
Luca, our toddler, loves this meal. We serve the chili sin carne with cut avocado and a few tortilla chips (the healthy kind) on the top. The avocado was the first food we introduced to him, weird right? Astra and I love avocado and for its consistency and taste so we thought he would love it too. He didn't, at least not for the first times, now he loves it!
Our chili sin carne is cooked with cannelloni beans, but you can choose your favourite beans for this dish. We normally soak dried beans overnight but you can always use pre-cooked beans. If you are using soaked beans, make sure you cook them for at least 30 minutes before using them for this recipe. Otherwise, they will still be a bit raw by the time you want to serve the meal. You may want to peel the beans if your toddler doesn't like to find the skin when chewing them.
This meal is a great dish for batch-cooking. If you are doing some meal prep for the week this will definitely be an amazing option.
Blend it to your toddler or kid's taste
To give it a smoother consistency, before serving, we add a few tablespoons of the chili sin carne to a blender and pour it back into the saucepan. If your baby or toddler is still not eating solids, or you have a fussy eater and home, you can blend the whole batch. Same way, you don't need to blend it if you think that the consistency is good.
If you are cooking this recipe for the whole family, check our more adult-friendly version here: Vegan Chili Sin Carne.
Vegan Chili Sin Carne for Toddlers and Kids
- ¼ onion finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove
- ½ bell pepper finely sliced
- 2 large juicy tomatoes chopped
- 100 gr cannelloni beans
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- ⅓ cup water
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium saucepan. Saute the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes on medium heat, then add the garlic and cook for further 30 seconds.
- Pour in the chopped peppers, cumin powder and sweet paprika. Cook for one more minute and add the chopped tomatoes, water and beans.
- Cook for 15-20 minutes until the sauce has thickened, stirring frequently.
- For a smoother consistency, add ¼ of the chili sin carne to a blender, blend for a few seconds and pour it back into the dish.
- Serve with tortilla chips, avocado, or over rice.
If you are looking for more ways to give your toddler or kid pulses, check our Vegan Lentil Bolognese recipe, they will for sure love it!