Chilli Flakes are REALLY hot!!

Now I know what you’re all thinking, of course, they are, they’re chilli flakes. I’ve been making my chilli con carnie for years, it’s like my go-to meal to make for people. I’ve always just used fresh chilli and powder, but for whatever reason this time I decided to add a tablespoon of chilli flakes, then attempted to feed it to children. Mistake. I googled “how to make spicy food less spicy” and tried everything I could find, dairy, sugar, lemon juice. Eventually, after adding half a block of cheese the adults could eat it, just about, but I think the kids are convinced I was trying to hurt them.

But it’s an amazing, simple recipe, and great for leftovers, it just keeps getting better, so I’m sharing with you the normal, will not burn your taste buds away version. If you want to make more, just double everything, and add more spice to suit your tastes, this recipe suits my 10-month-old.

You will need:

  • A large saucepan
  • Cooking oil
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Cloves of garlic
  • 1 Red pepper
  • 500g Beef mince
  • 150ml Red wine
  • 1 Can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons ┬átomato puree
  • 2 Fresh red chillies
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • shake of Hendersons relish
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Can kidney beans

Now it’s so simple, chop your onion, pepper and crush the garlic, fry it in some oil in your pan until the onions are soft (a few minutes), then add the mince, cook it until brown before adding the wine. Leave this to simmer for 5 minutes, to cook off the alcohol, then add everything else, apart from the kidney beans. And if you’re not fortunate enough to have access to Hendersons, that other one will do (Worcestershire sauce is it?). Leave it all to simmer away for as long as you can, but I’d say at least an hour, giving it a good stir every now and then.

I add the kidney beans when I start cooking my rice to go with it, I also tend to add some hot chilli powder, but as with salt and pepper, do it to suit your own taste.