I promised you I would share my (brother’s) recipe for Chilli Con Carne, because it is super easy, super yummy and super comforting when the cold autumn winds are sending shivers down your spine. You make it from scratch, no pre-made anything needed and everyone who says they haven’t got time to cook, are all liars!
This cooks itself – you just need to start it up.
# 400g beef mince (or any other mince you like)# 1 can kidney beans (or you can use dried beans and soak them overnight – for this you need to plan ahead) # 4-5 tomatoes # 1 onion # 1 capsicum # 3 cloves garlic # 3 chillies # 2 tbsp tomato puree # plenty of dried and/or fresh coriander # just the right amount of cumin # a little cinnamon # salt # pepper # 600ml beef/chicken stock # red wine (enough for you to have some while cooking too)
You will probably need some butter to fry the mince in. Do that. Put the tomatoes, chilli (remove the seeds if you don’t like spicy food), garlic and spices in a blender and whizz for like 15 seconds (you could chop it all, that just requires a little more time and skills). Bring the stock to a boil, put the mince, tomato puree and the stuff from the blender in it. If you want to use red wine (it’s not compulsory) you can exchange some of the stock with red wine. I recommend doing that. Tastes delicious!
Now boil under a lid while you finish your glass of wine with someone you love or a good blog or maybe even MKR on TV. Every now and then go and stir a little and taste the Chilli. Tasting is crucial, because this is the way you know if you like the dish or not. If you don’t taste it before dishing it up and eating it, you might be in for a shock. So taste it, add some salt maybe, or some cumin? Sometimes a little tomato puree does the trick. After about 20-30 minutes, you should add the kidney beans. Then boil a little longer, say 10 minutes. You should be hungry by now, so time to pour yourself another glass of red wine and if you’re into bread, some fresh rolls with garlic butter hits the spot. It’s also awesome on its own.
It makes me feel good, so it can’t be that bad for me, right? Except maybe excessive amounts of red wine. Research (paid for by wine producers) show that a glass of wine a day is good for your health.