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Best Chilli Con Carne

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Serves 4

A practiced and perfected easy recipe for chilli con carne.

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  • 500g lean minced beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, stalk removed
  • 1 pepper, green or red, chopped
  • 1 red chilli, chopped, seeds removed
  • 1 tin of red kidney beans, strained
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp hot chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 stock cubes, beef or vegetable
  • 1/4 tube of tomato puree
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 2 tsp water


    1. Brown off the mince, strain to remove all the excess. Add the chopped onions and the stock cubes on a medium heat and stir. Add in the crushed garlic, the chopped chilli, the tomato puree, the kidney beans, the chopped tomatoes and leave to simmer for about 5 minutes.
    2. Add in the chilli powder, the cumin and the salt and leave again to simmer for around 45 minutes on a low heat stirring occasionally.
    3. After 45 minutes, add in the chopped pepper, if serving with rice now is the best time to start cooking it. Simmer for 15 minutes on low heat stirring occasionally.
    4. After 15 minutes, if the chilli is watery then add a cornflour-water mixture to thicken it up.
    5. Plate up and enjoy!

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