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Mix your own Chilli Blend

This week in cookery class we looked at creating our own spice mixes rather than relying on store bought. Using a refillery link the one at Bùth Bharraigh makes it cheap to expriment with different tastes as you only need to buy what you need and it is cheaper than buying spice in jars at the supermarket.

Making your own spice mix can raise your dish to the next level and also gives you the options to tailor it to your own tastes - making your own unique blend.

Try this chilli mix to start and use it to make the vegetable chilli below.

Chilli Mix Ingredients

2 tbsp of oregano

1 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tsp coriander

2 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp salt

½ tsp onion powder

½ tsp garlic granules

½ tsp ground ginger

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground black pepper

Vegetable Chilli (serves 4 and costs less than £5)



You can add beef mince or lentils if you wish. Also if you wish a chunkier chilli then just chop them instead or grate. To make it cheaper you can use baked bean instad of kidney beans - just add the whole can including the sauce. This is also a great recipe for utilising any veg you need to use up.

1-2 tbsp of Chilli Mix

1 onion, diced

1 carrot, grated

1 courgette, grated

And other veg, diced (we used mushrooms)

1 tin of tomatoes

1 tin of kidney beans or baked beans

1 stock cube plus 1 tin of water (fill the tomato tin with water and it will get the residule tomato into your dish)



1.     Heat oil in pan and cook onion until translucent, add other veg and sweat.

2.     Add the spice mix and cook for a couple of minutes

3.     Add tomatoes, beans, stock cube and water.

4.     Simmer for 10-15 minutes

Serving suggestions

There are so many ways chilli can be batched cooked and popped in the freezer for quick meals.

a.     Baked Potato with grated cheese & sour cream on top

b.     With rice

c.     Layered bake with nachos and grated cheese, serve with sour cream and guacamole

d.     On a wrap with salad.


To complete the class we made a vegan broccoli soup.

Vegan Broccoli Soup (Serves 4)




1 -2 heads of Broccoli

1 Carrot grated

1-2 ribs Celery chopped or lovage leaves

1 onion

2 cloves of garlic

Stock cube and water

3 tablespoons of coconut milk powder

1 ½ tbsp of nutritional yeast

(If you dont have nutritional yeast and cocnut milk powder you can just add a block of cream cheese)

Salt and pepper to taste



1.     Heat the oil and fry the onion until translucent.

2.     Add the carrot, garlic, broccoli stems and celery and sweat.

3.     Add the stock and the broccoli florets and bring to the boil.  Simmer until the broccoli is cooked.

4.     Add the nutritional yeast and the coconut milk powder (if you don't have this you can add a block of cream cheese, vegan if necessary.)

5.     Blend

6.     Add salt and pepper to taste.

7.     Can add a milk of your choice to serve.

We hope you enjoy these recipes and experimenting with mixing spices and herbs.

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