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student's chilli

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Serves 4

An easy meal that is based on tins and red and brown sauce

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  • oil tablespoon
  • 1 or 2 onions sliced or chopped as preferred
  • 1 clove garlic (optional) grushed
  • 450 (ish) grams mince beef
  • 1 tsp chilli powder or to taste
  • 1 tsp paprika (optional) or to taste
  • i tin tomatoes (chopped if possible)
  • 1 tin baked beans and 1 tin red kidney beans (drained)
  • OR 2 tins baked beans
  • dollop brown sauce
  • dollop red sauce
  • about 250mls Bisto gravy (2 or3 teaspoons powder in water)
  • Optional
  • green pepper chopped
  • mushrooms halved or chopped


    1. Fry onions and garlic until soft in frying pan in the oil. Include peppers if using
    2. At the same time add all the contents of the tins into a saucepan over a moderate heat bring to boil then simmer and stir frequently to prevent burning
    3. Add mince to frying pan and brown . Add chilli and paprika (if using)
    4. add red sauce, brown sauce to taste and gravy and stir to the saucepan.
    5. Add mushrooms (if using). Keep simmering until sauce thickens a bit.
    6. Add the contents of the frying pan to the saucepan and stir.
    7. Simmer for the time it takes to cook the accompanying rice, pitta bread, pasta etc.
    8. Tip Keep checking the taste and adjust as necessary. This can be played about a bit according to taste.

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