Here’s another favourite random recipe of mine: Chilli con Carne (or more simply, just chilli). This is basically a spicy stew consisting mainly of chilli pepper and meat. The main taste comes from minced meat which has been cooked with spices like cumin, chilli, garlic and onions giving the spicy, Mexican taste. One of the best things about Chilli is the versatility of the dish as it can be served with rice, tortillas, or even spread on toast and then baked with a cheese on top. Also one of the easiest things to make as most of the ingredients are either canned or frozen so all you need is to leave it to cook for a while and that’s about it. Be sure to wash the canned kidney beans properly because they are usually dipped in foul smelling liquid and you certainly don’t want any of that smell in the chilli! If you want to use fresh kidney beans, just soak them in water overnight and then boil them for about 2 hours and then continue with the recipe as follows. I sometimes even use canned, chopped tomatoes to save time. Give it a try, and if too much chilli powder is not comfortable for you, go ahead and reduce it; on the contrary I feel that 1/2 tbsp isn’t enough and adding extra makes it taste a lot better.
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
500 gm minced meat (chicken or beef)
2 or 3 chopped tomatoes
300 gm of kidney beans, drained
1/2 tbsp chilli powder
1/2 tbsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
salt as required
1. Add cooking oil to a wok or large frying pan and stir fry the onion and garlic under high heat. When the onions have become translucent, add chilli powder, salt and cumin, along with a little water to prevent burning. Stir fry the spices and onion for about 5 minutes and then add the minced meat, cooking under high heat for about 5-10 minutes or until the meat is lightly browned. Add the chopped tomatoes and simmer gently for about 20-30 minutes or until the excess water has dried off. Add the kidney beans and cook for another 10 minutes. Add some water if necessary. Serve hot with tortilla chips or corn bread.