Chilli Con Carne

I’ve blogged a chilli recipe before. But, it was at the start of my blogging journey, which invariably means it was awful! As I was making one today, I thought this was a good time to re-do it. Isn’t it amazing when you look back at your first posts, how far you’ve come? I was really struck by how little I knew and how basic it was. But, at the time I expected people to read it (they didn’t. Why would they?).

I normally try to write one recipe a week. Food is my favourite thing to blog about, it’s what I get the most engagement from, and I think I’ve got some great recipes that are worth sharing. Going into this week, I was planning on making a chocolate cherry tiffin to share. Then, last night my Wii fit board informed me that I’m overweight and need to lose a stone. Now is probably not the right time for a tiffin, as there is absolutely no way I’d be able to stop myself from eating it. You’ll know my healthy eating and exercise plan is working when the tiffin recipe appears (hopefully it won’t be too long!)

Chilli used to be my go-to meal. I’d make it if I was having anyone around for dinner, and me and The Boy ate it regularly. It’s great, because it doesn’t take much effort, gets better after a night in the fridge, and freezes well.

I generally like my meals to be quite simple and don’t like to use too many different flavours. Not chilli though. If I don’t have one of these ingredients in, it will still work, but it won’t be quite the same. The flavours just all work perfectly together. But, don’t be alarmed by the giant list. It is just a case of throwing them all into a big pan. Lots of ingredients, but a very easy recipe.

You will need:

  • 500g Beef mince
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Cloves garlic
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 150ml Red wine
  • 400g Chopped tomatoes
  • 2 Tsp Tomato Puree
  • 2 Fresh chillies
  • 1 Tsp Cumin
  • 1Tsp Coriander
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • Splash Hendersons relish
  • 1 Beef stock cube
  • 1 Tbsp. Chilli Powder
  • 1 Tin kidney beans
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Oil

chilli con carnie ingredients

This is probably the longest list of anything I make. But, I promise it’s incredibly simple.

Firstly, finely chop the onion, garlic, pepper and chillies, removing any seeds. I like to use 2 red chillies, but it annoys me that to do this you have to buy them separately, as the packs always have 1 red and 2 green. So, today I’ve used one of each. It also annoys me that packs of peppers often have more green. No one likes the green ones, just like fruit pastels! Red and yellow all the way.

Add these to a large saucepan, with a little cooking oil. I’m currently using a fry light spray. Thanks to the lies of the Wii fit board.

veg for chilli

Cook for a few minutes, until softened. Then add the mince. Fry quickly until browned. I drain some of the oil here. As even when I’m not being careful, it horrifies me slightly how much comes out.

Add the red wine, bring to the boil and leave for around 3 minutes.

cooking chilli

Next, add everything but the kidney beans, and stir together well. Bring back to the boil if you need to, and reduce to a simmer. Leave to cook one hour, stirring occasionally.

After an hour, drain, and add the kidney beans. Mix together well and leave to simmer for at least 30 minutes. I have been known to leave it for hours. It tastes better the longer you can leave it, but don’t forget to stir as it will stick to the bottom of your pan if left completely. If it starts to get too dry, add a little water, and stir. It will thicken again in time.

chilli_con_carnieTaste it, and add more chilli powder if desired, or some chilli flakes if you want a real kick. Serve with rice and sour cream.

Chilli Con Carne

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Serves 4-6

Chilli Con Carne

Chilli con carnie. A perfect, filling, family dinner.

Ingredients

  • • 500g Beef mince
  • • 1 Onion
  • • 2 Cloves garlic
  • • 1 Red Pepper
  • • 150ml Red wine
  • • 400g Chopped tomatoes
  • • 2 Tsp Tomato Puree
  • • 2 Fresh chillies
  • • 1 Tsp Cumin
  • • 1 Tsp Coriander
  • • 1 Bay leaf
  • • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • • Splash Hendersons relish
  • • 1 Beef stock cube
  • • 1 Tbsp. Chilli Powder
  • • 1 Tin kidney beans
  • • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • • Oil

Instructions

  1. Finely chop the onion, garlic, pepper and chillies, removing any seeds
  2. Add to a large saucepan with a little cooking oil
  3. Fry for a few minutes, until soft
  4. Add the mince, and fry until brown
  5. Drain some of the excess oil
  6. Add the wine, bring to the boil, and simmer for 3 minutes, stirring regularly
  7. Add chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, cumin, coriander, Hendersons, chilli powder, bay leaf and cinnamon
  8. Stir together well
  9. Crumble in the beef stock cube, and add salt and pepper to taste Stir together
  10. Leave to simmer for 1 hour. Stirring regularly
  11. Drain and add the kidney beans, mixing in throughly
  12. Leave for a further 30 minutes, continuing to stir
  13. Serve with rice
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