Five Ways To Cook Vegan Mince

Pot of vegan mince chilli made from California Walnut


  • 100 g (3½ oz) California Walnuts
  • 300 g (10½ oz) mushrooms
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 x 400 g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbs tomato purée
  • 1 x 400 g can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 x 400 g can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbs chopped coriander
Recipes and images courtesy of California Walnuts.

Try out Veganuary with five ways to cook this vegan mince recipe made from California Walnuts!

How to make Chilli California Walnut Mince:

  1. Place the walnuts in a food processor and mix to give a coarse crumb. Repeat with the mushrooms and mix into the walnuts.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the walnut mixture and garlic for 5 minutes. Add the spices and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato purée and both beans and cook gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season and stir in the coriander.

Five ways to serve…

All these ideas serve two people.

1. Chilli California Walnut Jackets

Chilli California Walnut jacket potatoes on a plate with pot of mince and bowl of walnuts

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Pre-heat the oven to 200 deg. C., 400 deg. F., Gas Mark 6 and bake 2 large baking potatoes for 1-1½ hours until tender. Cut in half and top each with a portion of hot chilli mince.

2. Chilli California Walnut Pasta Bake

Chilli California Walnut pasta bake recipe with casserole dish of pasta bake, pot of mince, bowl of salad and glasses of water

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Pre-heat the oven to 200 deg. C., 400 deg. F., Gas Mark 6. Cook 125 g (4½ oz) pasta shapes in boiling water for 11 to 12 minutes, drain. Mix in 2 portions of hot chilli mince. Transfer to a baking dish and sprinkle with 25 g (1 oz) grated vegan hard cheese, 3 tbs fresh breadcrumbs and a small handful of chopped walnuts. Bake for 15 minutes until golden.

3. Chilli California Walnut Nachos

Chilli California Walnut nachos plate with side bowls of salsa and guacamole

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Place 185 g (6½ oz) tortilla chips on a large heatproof plate, top with 2 portions hot chilli mince. Sprinkle with 25 g (1 oz) Tex Mex flavoured grated vegan cheese and grill for 2 minutes. Top with 100 g (3½ oz) each guacamole and tomato salsa and sprinkle with extra chopped walnuts to serve.

4. Chilli California Walnut Stir Fry

Chilli California Walnut stir fry recipe with stir fry in bowl with spoon and pot of vegan mince

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Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large frying-pan and fry 50 g (1¾ oz) sugar snaps, halved lengthways, 1 carrot, cut into matchsticks and 4 spring onions, sliced for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in 2 portions of chilli mince and 150 g (5¼ oz) straight to wok medium noodles and heat through for 1 to 2 minutes.

5. Chilli California Walnut, Rice & Avocado Burritos

Chilli California Walnut burritos recipe with avocado and lime on a tortilla wrap

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Spread 1 portion of hot chilli mince down the centre of 2 large tortilla wraps, top with ½ x 250 g pouch hot microwavable long grain rice and ½ sliced avocado, fold over the side and wrap up. Cut in half to serve.

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