By now you all know I like to eat carefully. I don’t diet and never will. Nor do I deprive myself of anything. I just try to steer clear of things we all know full well, are very bad for us.
One meal I like to make around this time of year is Chilli Con Carne. It is comforting during cold weather, very simple, one pot, freezable *bonus* and isn’t packed with anything bad.
So here is the recipe for my Chilli. Give it a try. I like to portion it out into containers or freezer bags with enough for two people – it usually gives us four or five meals!!
- One packet of lean, low fat minced beef
- I can of kidney beans
- One can of chopped tomatoes
- 250ml of beef stock
- 100ml of red wine
- 1 tea spoon of cumin
- 1 tea spoon of paprika
- 1 tea spoon of chili powder
- Half a tea spoon of cinnamon
- 3 hot chilies, 1 deseeded and diced, 2 halved
- Four squares of Lidnt dark chocolate (anything 80% or more)
- One punnet of cherry / plum tomatoes
- Mixed peppers (one each of red, yellow, green and orange)
- 1 onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 table spoon of tomato paste
*the amount of chili I have suggested is enough for a medium, comfortable heat. If you like yours extra spicy, add more for your taste.*
*wine is easily substituted with beef stock if you would rather not use it!*
First, prepare your ingredients.
Chop your peppers into strips, and then halves
Cut your tomatoes into halves or quarters depending on how big they are. Then chop two of the chilies into halves and dice one, seeds removed.
Crush or dice your garlic. I seem to have lost my garlic crusher int he move, so I diced mine small.
Then dice your onion!
Fry off the beef until it is browned and then add the onion until slightly softened.
Add all of the veg, including garlic. Leave for a couple of minutes.
Add the spices and tomato paste and stir through well. Leave for a few minutes.
Pour in the chopped tomatoes and stir through.
Add the stock, wine and chocolate.
Leave to simmer until it slightly thickens. Add the kidney beans and allow to simmer further until you are happy with the consistency.
I like to serve this a number of ways. With rice, baked potatoes, wraps, pita bread, nacho’s…
It pairs perfectly with sour cream, cheese, guacamole or even just an avocado!
I made it to freeze for evening meals – I got 5 meals out of this batch. It freezes amazingly well. Take it out of the freezer before work and it will be defrosted ready for dinner. Just heat on the hob! Easy Peasy !
Let me know if you make it !! 🙂
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