Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Chilli con Carne (with all the trimmings)

An absolute student classic. This chilli really doesn't need a fancy intro. The dish speaks for itself and is oh-so-good. Packed with good-quality beef mince, veggies and a few deliciously surprising store-cupboard seasonings, piled high with extras, this makes for the ultimate winter warmer. P.S. the trimmings are a must! 

Chilli con Carne

Serves 4

500g of Beef Mince
400g of Chopped Tomatoes
400g of Kidney Beans
300ml of Beef Stock
2 Carrots, grated
2 Garlic Cloves
2 tablespoons of Tomato Puree
1 Brown Onion, chopped
1 Red, Yellow or Green Pepper, chopped
1 cm of Dark Chocolate
1 tablespoon of Butter
1 tablespoon of Paprika
1 tablespoon of Chili Powder
1 teaspoon of Instant Coffee
1 teaspoon of Cumin
1 teaspoon of Oregano

  1. Heat a large saucepan, ensuring it’s hot, add in butter and allow it to melt.
  2. Once melted, add in chopped onions and fry on a high-heat for 3 minutes, until slightly translucent.
  3. Stir in chopped pepper and garlic. Fry for 2 more minutes.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium, adding in paprika, chili powder and cumin. Fry for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the mince and return the heat to high. Ensure that it is evenly cooked and browned for at least 5 minutes.
  6. Next, add in beef stock, oregano, tomato puree, chopped tomatoes, dark chocolate and coffee. Stir and allow it to boil.
  7. Reduce heat to medium, placing on the lid of the saucepan, and allowing the mixture to simmer for 20 minutes. Keep an eye on it, giving the contents a stir every now and then. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Drain and rinse the beans. Remove the lid and add them to the chilli. Cook for a further 10 minutes.
  9. Remove saucepan from the heat once cooked and leave to stand for 5 minutes before serving. This will allow flavours to mingle. Better still, reheated leftovers the next day, will guarantee the ultimate taste-bud party.
  10. Serve with brown rice, sour cream, guacamole, squeeze of lime juice, sprinkle of cheddar cheese and chopped coriander. 

1 comment:

  1. Wow!! This Chilli con Carne recipe is awesome. Will have for sure in my bridal shower party. Will have more new dishes for the day.By the way I will shortly added in my party list.I love your cooking ideas!