Simple Chilli Con Carne Recipe

Since moving out over a year ago I've found a new love for cooking. I enjoy being the one who decides what we eat and what ingredients we use. I learnt this recipe from my Mum before moving out so that I had at least one proper meal under my belt! Best thing is this serves about 4 people, and as there are only 2 of us we normally pop it in the fridge and re-heat the next day. This is also a 'chuck it all in a bowl and leave it' kinda recipe.

This is what you'll need:

500grams of Mince (Or Quorn)
1 Red Pepper
1 Green Pepper
1 Handful of Mushrooms
Chilli Powder
2 Tins of Kidney Beans in Chilli Sauce (can be found in tins in the supermarket)
1 Tin of Tinned Tomatoes
A Dash of Worcester Sauce
Chilli Flakes (Optional)
Beef OXO cube/Beef Stock

You can prepare this dish hours before and heat it up an hour before, or you can have it on a slow cook for about 4 hours.

  1. If your using mince you'll want to brown it in a frying pan, or if your using quorn you can place it straight into a glass dish (preferably one with a lid.)
  2. Chop up your peppers and mushrooms into decent slices and pop them into your dish. 
  3. Open 2 cans of Chilli Beans and 1 can of Tinned Tomatoes and put them in your dish, and start stirring the contents.
  4. Add a dash of Worcester sauce, a good sprinkling of chilli powder and crumble in an OXO cube and any other added extras you fancy playing with - like chilli flakes or some spices.
  5. Pop the lid on your dish and place in the middle of your oven at around 180 degrees (fan) or Gas Mark 5 and wait about half an hour before giving the contents a stir and having a taste.
  6. You might find you need more flavour, if so add some more sauce or spices and re-taste. I do this about 3 - 4 times before serving to check it tastes good and the peppers are cooking properly.
  7. After an hour or two your dish should be ready. you can either serve with rice or brown bread.
You could even serve with tortilla chips and sour cream, or add jalapeƱos depending on your personal tastes.

I hope you enjoyed this kind of blog post. Expect more of these as I have my cooking finger out right now and a Steak Pie has just been made!


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