Johnny Cash’s Chilli – Veggie Version!

Oooh, this was fabulous! I have blog reader and friend Zelda from Dinner With Zelda Manners to thank for this wonderful recipe. She generously spent time creating a vegetarian version of the Johnny Cash chilli for the Columbo cookbook, and it’s absolutely delicious. I know I have lots of vegetarian readers, and do hope they will try this corker of a chilli recipe – it is sooooo tasty.

I liked Zelda’s note on the version she wrote up for the Columbo cookbook that it’s a good idea to gather all your ingredients together before you start…

It was at this point I panicked slightly about whether I had any tinned tomatoes, but there were some in my kitchen-cupboard-overflow-sideboard, phew.  

I was a vegetarian for 12 years, but that was in the olden days (the late 80s / early 90s) and I was amazed when I saw the range of choice these days in the non-meat aisle. Not knowing which veggie burgers to go for, I went for a brand I knew and trusted – Linda McCartney.

These worked really well as they held their shape when chopped into chunks. The meat version of Johnny’s chilli has chunks of sirloin or venison mixed through the mince and I loved the way Helen made a similar mix with veggie mince and chunks of burger.

This chilli rocks – just like Johnny!  It seems like a very BRITISH thing to have chilli with a baked potato and cheese – is it?  It was bloody lovely!  Double thumbs up from me, and loads portioned up in the freezer for a later date.  Goodie!

Zip over to Zelda’s place for the recipe by clicking on this link…

Thank you for putting in all that work to develop this recipe, Zelda, there will be a prezzie coming to you soon in the post…

4 Responses to Johnny Cash’s Chilli – Veggie Version!

  1. Liz Waldy 16 Oct, 2017 at 7:18 pm #

    staying in his old apartment in Nashville next month – can’t wait to cook it when we are there!

    • Jenny 16 Oct, 2017 at 9:52 pm #

      LIZ! OMG that is AMAZING. Please take lots of photos and send them! I am super jealous x

  2. yinzerella 16 Oct, 2017 at 8:21 pm #

    Is that a British thing?
    You can get a chili-covered baked potato at Wendy’s.

    Now I totally want chili, btw.

    • Jenny 16 Oct, 2017 at 9:59 pm #

      Now I totally want to go to Wendy’s! A chilli-covered baked potato is a beautiful thing.

      We used to have a chain of fast food places here called Spud-U-Like and you could get baked potatoes with many, many fillings. I think there are only a few of them left. Hmm. Might demand Mr R takes to one for my birthday dinner…

      Oh man, just went down a Google rabbit hole to discover that there used to be a Spudulike in Camden where I now work. If ONLY that was still there, I’d be in there every lunchtime.

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