There are all sorts of meals that are quick to prepare, that you can stick in the oven for a few hours to cook while you do other stuff, which is then really yummy when it’s time to eat. One of my favourites, other than a hearty sausage casserole, is a chili con carne.
The ingredients that I use for a tasty Chili con Carne are:
1 pack of good minced beef
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 tin of red kidney beans (rinsed thoroughly)
Onions, Peppers, Mushrooms
Chili flakes (or fresh chili, or chili powder)
Beef OXO cube & herbs
Its really easy to make. The first thing you need to do is dice the onions and then fry in some olive oil with the crushed garlic. Once the onions have softened, add in the mince and brown it off. This is when I’ll sprinkle in some chili flakes and crumble in the OXO cube. Today I ended up pouring in some red wine at this stage to add to the flavour but that’s optional. Once the meat is browned you can pretty much throw in the rest of the ingredients so stir in the chopped peppers and mushrooms, add in the tomatoes, tomato puree, herbs and the kidney beans. Then give it a little stir and bring it to a simmer on the hob.
Then transfer to an oven proof dish with a lid. I have a couple of Le Creuset casserole dishes that are perfect, but anything ovenproof will be fine. Then I just leave it in the oven for a couple of hours on around 150 degrees C and then serve with rice and warm pita bread.
Here it is before it went into the oven
and this is how it turned out…
Oh and before anyone queries my spelling of chili con carne saying it should be “Chilli” rather than “Chili” it’s a bit hit and miss. I think in British English its spelt “chilli” but when I took a look into it, Jamie Oliver spells it “chili” while BBC Good Food spells it “chilli” .. so whatever 🙂