Chili sin carne with Birkkala Spelt Rice

Meal Size4-6
Duration30 min
Chili sin carne with Birkkala Spelt Rice
Here’s a great recipe for those who like vegan and vegetarian food: chili sin carne with Birkkala Pearled Spelt! The recipe is for 4–6 servings. Many are familiar with chili con carne, the spicy Tex-Mex stew, but this is a meatless version of that – chili sin carne. In this recipe by Birkkala, ground broad beans are used instead of beef. The hotness of the stew can be controlled by adjusting the amount of chili: for those not accustomed to spicy food, a teaspoon of mild chili powder is enough to give the dish some kick. If desired, this chili sin carne with pearled spelt can be served with oat-based crème fraîche to balance out the heat.


Chili sin carne:

1 large onion
2 cloves of garlic Oil for sautéing 1–2 tsp chili powder 1–2 tsp (smoked) paprika 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp basil 3 tbsp tomato purée 1 can (500 g) crushed tomatoes 400 ml water 130 g roasted and ground broad beans (Karviaisten tila) 1 can kidney beans in brine 1 red long sweet pepper/bell pepper 1–2 tbsp brown sugar or maple syrup 2 tbsp soy sauce 2–3 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes In addition: (flat-leaf) parsley and tomato

Pearled spelt:

800 g Birkkala Pearled Spelt
800 ml water 1/2 tsp salt oil


Pearled spelt:

1. Boil the pearled spelt in salted water for about 20 minutes or until the spelt has absorbed the water.

2. Mix a drop of oil with the cooked pearled spelt.


Chili sin carne:

1. Peel and chop the onions. Sauté the onions in oil for a moment.

2. Add the chili powder, paprika, cumin, basil and tomato purée and stir them for a while in oil on the hot pan. Add the crushed tomatoes, water and ground broad beans and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Drain and rinse the kidney beans. Rinse the red pepper with water.

4. Halve the pepper, remove the seeds and chop the halves into small pieces.

5. Add the kidney beans and chopped pepper and cook the stew for another 10 minutes or so.

6.Season with sugar or maple syrup and soy sauce. Complete the dish with nutritional yeast flakes, parsley and fresh tomato.

7. Serve the chili sin carne with cooked pearled spelt - enjoy!