Mexican beef chilli

Mexican beef chilli

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(47 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 15 mins

Easy

Serves 15
A delicious one-pot of spicy braised beef is a great, stress-free way to fill up a hungry crowd

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal551
  • fat22g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre7g
  • protein69g
  • salt1.7g
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Ingredients

  • up to 6 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

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  • 4kg stewing beef
  • 4 white onions, sliced
    Onion

    Onion

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  • 4 tbsp chipotle paste
  • 8 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 50g ginger, grated
    Ginger

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  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 2l beef stock
  • 3 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
    Oregano

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  • 5 x 400g cans pinto or kidney beans, drained
    Kidney beans scattered on a white surface

    Kidney beans

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Method

  1. Heat a small drizzle of the oil in an extra-large flameproof dish. Brown the meat in batches, adding a drop more oil, remove from the dish and set aside. Add 1 tbsp oil to the dish, then the onions, and cook for 7-10 mins or until caramelised.

  2. Stir the chipotle paste, garlic, ginger, cumin, cinnamon and flour in with the onions and cook for a couple of mins. Gradually add the stock, stirring all the time, so it’s fully mixed in with the other ingredients. Add the tomatoes and oregano, season and simmer for 10 mins.

  3. Now tip in the beef, cover and simmer very gently for about 1 hr 45 mins until tender, removing the lid and adding the beans for the final 15 mins. If the sauce is thin, let it boil down for a further 5-10 mins with the lid off. Before serving, adjust the seasoning. Serve with the garlic bread and salsa.

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tony591
18th May, 2016
Serves 15 ????? I cant eat that much!!!
annmucc
10th Apr, 2016
3.8
Really good. As others have said it is a bit watery so need to let it bubble for quite a while (or add extra flour/less water at the start). Made it for a party and everyone loved it.
annmucc
23rd Jan, 2016
3.8
Really good. Everyone liked it. As others, however, it was a bit too watery even though we only put in 1.5 L of stock, hence the 4 rating. If I were to do it again I would put more than 1 tbsp flour at the start to help thicken it later. We also added peppers to it.
Saize
3rd Dec, 2015
5.05
Lovely Winter meaL.
claudsmc
25th Nov, 2015
This was absolutely gorgeous, everyone loved it which is a rare thing in our house. I didn't cook it on the hob, slow cooked in the oven for 5 hours and the meat just fell apart. Sauce was perfect and not watery. Really nice change from a mince chilli.
sarahlouhughes32
25th Oct, 2015
5.05
Very easy to make and made a nice change from beef mince. Made it for 5 adults so divided the quantities by 4 and there was 5 hearty portions for all of us. I slow cooked the dish for around 4 hours so ended up using 2 cans of chopped tomatoes as it dried up a little. Added some extra chipotle and smoked paprika to taste as I think the extra tomatoes diluted the spice. Everyone loved this and said it was the best chilli they'd ever had! Will definitely make this again. Those who said it was too watery I'd say cook it in the oven instead on 160 for a few hours and the beef will be nice and tender also. I used tesco value stewing beef as cheaper cuts are perfect for a slow cooked dish. Served with soured cream and corriander and homemade toasted garlic ciabatta.
CBeresford
21st Apr, 2015
5.05
Cooked this tonight, it was delicious. Cut down on the amounts and there's still leftovers. Made it with fluffy white rice. Definitely wasn't under spiced and thickened up lovely with the lid half on in the time stated. I think this will become a regular on our table.
julieguest
1st Dec, 2014
1.3
was really looking forward to this after reading all the comments, sadly I wasn't a fan :(
Messymonkey
25th Nov, 2014
1.3
I was really disappointed with this recipe. After the cooking time stated the meat was like leather & the sauce was just watery stock. After eventually cooking it for 7 hours the meat was edible but the sauce was pretty flavourless. The next day it had thickened a bit but when I warmed it through it really lacked flavour & it tasted nothing like chilli. I ended up adding all sorts to it such as tomato purée & a lot more herbs but it still had no depth of flavour considering the time, effort & cost. Definitely won't be making it again - it was more of a beef casserole than anything else.
Messymonkey
21st Nov, 2014
1.3
I've definitely gone wrong somewhere with this recipe reading everyone else's comments. I wanted the sauce to thicken so I simmered it for 20 minutes before re-adding the beef at the beginning- simmered it for the time stated and at the end it was so watery (you couldn't even see any of the meat over the watery sauce) even after boiling it for 10 minutes, the meat was like leather & the watery stuff flavourless apart from the heat of the chipotle. So disappointed as it was for visitors coming tomorrow & I'll need to do something else now plus the cost of the dish with all of that meat was over £40.00

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alfredpoppy
2nd Feb, 2017
Whats the best advice for freezing and reheating this recipe? Thanks
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goodfoodteam
7th Feb, 2017
Thanks for your question. You can freeze the cooled, completed dish in a sealed container. Defrost overnight in the fridge and then reheat it on the hob.
suzannerooke
30th Dec, 2013
could this be slow cooked in the oven? My extra large pot cant go on the hob.
sarahlowe3
22nd Aug, 2013
/what do you mean by 21 stock?
blissr
10th Sep, 2013
It says 2l, not 21. The 'l' is short for litres, so it means 2 litres of stock.
blissr
10th Sep, 2013
It says 2l, not 21. The 'l' is short for litres, so it means 2 litres of stock.
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