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Chilli San Carne-Soya Mince Chilli Filling With Burrito or Taco

Soya Mince Vegetarian Chilli & Buritto

Mamta Gupta

Burito is a popular Mexican dish that is now popular all over the world. It is usually made from minced beef/chicken filling, here I have made it with Soya mince, thus making it suitable for vegetarians. You can serve it as Enchilada or Burrito or Tacos filling or on its own with rice and salad. Serves 4

Edited February 2019


  • 250 gm. dry Soya granules

  • 2 tbsp. cooking oil

  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

  • 1 green pepper, de-seeded and chopped into small pieces (In pictures, I have not added green peppers)

  • 250 gm. (1 cup) tinned chopped tomatoes

  • 2-3 tbsp. tomato puree/paste

  • A 200 gm. tin of kidney beans, drained and washed (you can use a cup of boiled keidney beans)

  • Salt and pepper to taste*

  • 1 tsp.* chilli powder, adjust to taste

  • 1/2 tsp.* turmeric

  • 1 tsp. cumin powder*

  • 1 tsp. dry oregano herb*

  • 1 tsp. dry thyme herb*

  • 1/2 cup of water

  • *You can use a packet of Mexican Chilli Concarne mix if you don't have all these spices.

  • To serve

  • 2 wheat or maze tortillas or tacos per person

  • A selection of chopped salad like lettuce, tomatoes, red peppers, onion

  • Some grated cheese

  • A little oil, if you want to serve them hot, as I do.


  1. Soak soya mince in boiling hot water for a couple of hours.

  2. Transfer to a sieve and rinse thoroughly under running water. This will remove the sometimes unpleasant odour of dry Soya mince.

  3. Allow to drain.

  4. Mix all spices marked* and salt in a cup. Keep aside

  5. Heat the oil in a pan, add onion, garlic and green pepper (picture here does not have green pepper) and stir-fry over medium heat, until the vegetables have softened a little, approximately 5 minutes.

  6. Add tomatoes and ingredients marked* and stir-fry until it looks shiny and begins to come off the pan.

  7. Add the Soya mince and stir-fry for a few minutes.

  8. Add drained tinned kidney beans and water.

  9. Bring to the boil. Cover, and simmer over a low heat for 30 minutes, or until the right consistency is reached. Remember, it should be dry enough if you are serving it rolled in Burrito or as enchiladas or with Taco shells.

  10. Adjust seasoning to taste. Please note that Soya mince needs a little more flavouring than meat, as it is quite tasteless in itself.

  11. Serve with Burritos/tortillas or tacos or rice or baked potatoes.

  12. Burritos

  13. Heat a tortilla wrap on an oiled pan, placing a couple of tbsp. of chilli mix along the centre and a little cheese on top it, see picture.

  14. Fold it over from both sides. When warm turn it over.

  15. Serve hot with salad and an Avocado salsa or bottled enchilada sauce, if liked.

  16. Tacos Shells

  17. heat taco shells according to instructions o the packet.

  18. Serve with Soya Chilli, Mexican salsa salad and grated cheese, as shown in the picture.

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