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I made vegan chilli!

Reading that troll article from the Independent and seeing the post on here about it reminded me - a few weeks ago I bought some small aubergines to make a Thai Green Curry. Then my wife says she doesn't want coconut milk because she's on a diet. So what am I gonna do with these mini aubergines?

Then I found this recipe and thought the idea of charring them would be great:

I can't actually remember a day when I've not eaten meat or fish for at least one meal. And I was tempted to add beef mince to the above recipe. But I stuck to it and while my chilli game is strong, this was seriously the best chilli I've ever made. First I've ever made on a BGE. 

Rich, smokey and delicious. Could easily fool someone into thinking it was meat because the texture of the aubergine, kidney beans and lentils was meaty. Naturally I just thought that next time, it will probably be even better with some meat! And I'm sure it's the Egg that's helped here because gravy from the BGE is amazing so I'm sure the sauce soaked up the smoke here too. Why has it taken me so long to cook pot dishes on the BGE?

I forget what wood I used. Think it was hickory. 

Direct heat at approx 180c to blacken them. And then peel off and dispose of skin, before chopping them up. 

The photos i took at the end weren't great. But here goes


  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 3,538
    And you had the balls to tell us this. 

    XL BGE, 2-LG BGE, KJ Jr, 36" Blackstone, Ardore Pizza Oven
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  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 5,378
    I’d hit it!
    Visalia, Ca
  • Ban him.

    XLBGE - LBGE - Charbroil gasgrill

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  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 14,329
    So how long have you been fighting this before deciding to finally come out?
    There should be no shame in this. People are born this way.
    I deeply admire your courage, as well as support your choice and identity.

    Just kidding.

    Seriously, I bet that was very good. Since I have made brisket chili, I have never considered making anything else. I will try this recipe though. 
    Thank you for posting.
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 31,179
    This is an egg forum, not a meat forum.  How dare anyone criticize something that was obviously delicious and cooked on an egg because it lacked meat?  My 0.02 Euro...
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  • TheToastTheToast Posts: 287
    @nolaegghead I think everyone's joking. 
  • Brother I wouldn't have told that if I was you
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 25,029
    looks good to me.  maybe next time make a "vegan chili con carne"  =)  minced lamb goes good with eggplant
  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 6,979
    That looks REALLY good. 

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  • TheToastTheToast Posts: 287
    TBH I've struggled recently to find a reason to use my BGE - I used to use it almost every weekend, but now I find it hard to get inspiration for what to cook (partly thanks to having two young kids that use up my time, but also because I've cooked all the mainstay dishes). So this vegan chilli was a surprise and has made me think I need to cook more casseroles and pot dishes, rather than just smoking meat
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