Wednesday, 26 October 2011

What's For Dinner? - Chili Con Carne

I love making this dish, it is great if you have no time at all, it can be made the night before and to be honest it has more intense flavours if it is made in advance. You can edit the spices in it to make it hotter or milder, you can serve this with just boiled or steamed rice or with some cous-cous. As it is a night before dish it means you could bring this for your lunch, if you didn't have lunch facilities or if you want something more substantial. Serves 6

Chili Con Carne

1 Green Pepper
1 Red Pepper
3 Chillies
1 Red Onion
4lb Lean Steak Mince
1 Tin Of Red Kidney Beans
1 Tin Of Tomato Puree
1 Tin Of Chopped Tomatoes
Cumin (Ground)
Chilli Powder
Cayenne Powder
Crushed Jalapenos (Optional)
Crushed Chillies (Optional)


  1. Dice the peppers and the onions and fry off in a large deep pan, when they are softened add the mince and cook throughout.
  2. Add the chillies (diced, de-seeded, cut carefully!!!) add the palm-ful of cumin, chilli powder, a pinch of cayenne, palmful of basil and oregano.
  3. Add the tin of tomatoes and the tomato puree, the kidney beans and allow to cook for 40 minutes at a medium temperature.
  4. Allow to marinade over-night, and serve with warm tortillas and a fresh leafy salad.

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