Monday, 25 February 2013

Chilli con carne

I have never actually tried chilli con carne, but I have heard it tastes lovely. I bought a can of kidney beans to make a different meal, but decided to try out a chilli con carne instead :)

  • Skill level: Easy
  • Serves: 5
  • Prep time: 10-15 mins
  • Cooking time: 35-40 mins
What you will need

2 tbsp olive oil
2 medium onions, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 red chilli, chopped (I replaced this with 2 tsp chilli flakes)
1 tsp thyme
500g minced meat
1 + 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp oregano
3 fresh tomatoes, chopped
400g tinned chopped tomatoes
150ml chicken/beef stock
3 tbsp tomato puree
1 cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
400g kidney beans, drained and rinsed well

How to make:

1) Heat the oil in a large pot, then add the onions, garlic, chilli and thyme and leave until the onions change colour (become more transparent)

2) Meanwhile, in a different pot, cook the minced meat over medium heat until it becomes brown in colour

3) Add the salt, black pepper, cumin, paprika and oregano to the onion mixture, and stir for a few minutes. Then add the minced meat to the onions and mix well

4) Add the fresh and tinned tomatoes to the mixture, and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes (so that the liquid reduces a little)

5) Pour in the chicken/beef stock and add the tomato puree and mix. Add the cinnamon stick and bay leaf and bring to the boil, before leaving to simmer until the sauce thickens (takes between 15-20 mins)

6) Add the kidney beans and leave to cook for a further 5-10 mins so that the beans absorb all the flavours. Taste for seasoning before serving with rice

This was delicious and everyone else enjoyed it too. It isn't difficult, and does not take too long to make. Enjoy :)

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