Monday, 18 January 2010

Ridiculously Good Chilli

If I ever have visitors which I haven’t seen a long time, I like to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen. I’m not one of these lucky people who have a big island in the centre of their workspace which they can prop up a friend on and natter away while they prepare a meal. If I’m cooking, I’m pretty much the only one who can fit in the room without being in danger of knocking over steaming pots. A great fallback dish which can be made in advance (and is in fact better if eaten the day after) is chilli con carne. It’s one of those dishes that can be absolutely delicious, but so many people cook badly. Here’s a recipe which has never failed and always has people asking for second helpings:

A little olive oil
1 large red onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tsp chilli powder (or 2 fresh red chillies, chopped)
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp coriander
A stick of cinnamon
1 beef stock cube
1kg lean, locally reared beef mince
A large glass of shiraz (or merlot if you can’t find that)
2 cans of chopped tomatoes
2 cans of kidney beans, drained
Rice or crusty bread to accompany

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and soften the onions, then add the mince and garlic and stir until browned. Pop the red wine in (and pour one for yourself) and bring to the boil. Simmer for a few minutes, then add all remaining ingredients, pop the lid on and simmer gently for approximately 1 hour or until the chilli is lovely and thick. Snaffle it up with some rice or bread and a spot of sour cream to add another depth of texture and temperature.

Photo courtesy of Michelle.


  1. I love chili con carne. This looks like a fabulous recipe.

  2. I agree! Chilli is one of my all time favs! The addition of Cinnamon is a brilliant idea. It'll add another dimension to the dish.

    Keep the Bloggs coming.

  3. You're right, it's pretty easy to make a bad chilli. This one sounds great! I love the addition of Shiraz. I'm sure it offers great depth of flavour.

  4. OOh thanks for the comments everyone. I hope you try it out and love it as much as I do.

  5. Mmm, I love a good bowl of chilli, I never make it though, cause my boyfriend doesn't like beans...I should totally make this next time he isn't home for dinner!

  6. P.s, I think your blog banner is SO awesome!

  7. Hehe thanks Jessy, my partner is a graphic designer, so he helps me with all arty things.

  8. This chilli recipe sounds fantastic with the wine added in. I definitely need to give this one a go!

  9. I love a good chilli. I like to use chopped stewing beef for a different texture, but I love how it's one of those dishes that improve with age.