Spicy Vegetarian Chilli with California Prunes

California Prunes’ Chef Ambassador, Peter Sidwell, has elevated the humble chilli to something truly special. Adding California Prunes to complement the spices, this rich, inviting vegetarian chilli will set your taste buds tingling with so many flavours and textures. Go on…give it a try!

Makes: 4 peoplePrep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chipotle paste
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 sweet potatoes, peeled and finely diced
  • 500ml beer
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 10g 70% dark chocolate
  • 1 x 400g tin lentils, washed
  • 1 x 400g tin black beans, washed
  • 100g California Prunes, chopped
  • To serve:
  • 40 soured cream
  • 1 bunch coriander
  • 2 chopped spring onions


  1. Pour the oil into a pan on medium heat.
  2. Add the chipotle paste, cumin, chilli flakes and garlic, and cook for 1 minute to bring the flavours together.
  3. Add the onion and sweet potato. Cook until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Once the potatoes have softened, pour in the beer, chopped tomatoes, and vegetable stock before mixing together.
  5. Add the dark chocolate and  tomato puree, then simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Add the black beans, lentils and chopped California Prunes.
  7. Mix together and serve in bowls, topped with soured cream, coriander and chopped spring onions.


Peter Sidwell

Peter Sidwell

California Prune Board Ambassador Peter Sidwell, is a chef, baker, TV presenter, author, and innovator of all things food related. Peter has been a chef all his working life and over the years has developed a simple, fresh and innovative way of cooking which focuses on the importance of fine ingredients and technical know-how to ensure the best results. Peter has travelled the world cooking, talking and demonstrating his approach and explaining how and why it works so well for all manner of food offerings. Peter works both with chefs, consumers, food producers and retailers to innovate, create process or refine procurement. Working from his new innovation centre in England's beautiful Lake District, Peter and his team create exciting, attractive and mouth-watering new recipes with digital content, showcasing the delicious flavour and versatility of California Prunes.