Not sure what to eat tonight? Try this super easy, super delicious Chilli Con Carne recipe with chips and guac dip from BBC Good Food and celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
Who doesn’t love Mexican food? Anything spicy that you can cover in jalapeños and dip in, well, whatever you like – we’re here for it. There are SO many Mexican dishes and recipes that you can try, so we’d recommend perhaps starting Mexican Mondays as a house tradition (I mean, why not?). We’ve chosen a dinner-time favourite of ours, Chilli Con Carne with a side of chips and dip (obviously). An authentic recipe, even using chocolate, that is so tasty. Make extra portions and heat them up for a nice quick lunch later in the week?
- 1 large red onion, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 carrot, quartered lengthways and chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 tsp chilli powder
- ¾ tsp smoked sweet paprika
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- 500g/1lb 2oz best-quality beef mince
- 2 tbsp tomato purée
- 1 x 400g/14oz tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 red or green pepper, seeds removed and roughly chopped
- 1 x 400g/14oz tin best-quality chopped tomatoes
- 500-750ml/18-22fl oz beef stock
- sea salt and black pepper
- 2 squares 70% dark chocolate, grated
- small bunch coriander, chopped
- Heat a large casserole or heavy-based pan over a medium heat. Add a glug of oil and once hot add the onion. Cook for a minute and add the carrots. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the onions are softened and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
- Add the spices and the oregano and cook for two minutes, or until aromatic. Add the beef, breaking it up as it fries into small pieces. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until brown all over and broken down into small pieces. Stir in the tomato purée and cook for two minutes.
- Stir in the kidney beans and chopped pepper, stirring over the heat for 3-4 minutes to soften the pepper a little, then add the tomatoes and enough beef stock to slightly more than cover the meat. Stir everything round, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to unstick any bits from the bottom, and season with salt and pepper.
- Bring to a rapid simmer, reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 1½-2 hours, or until thickened and rich. If at any point the liquid level looks low then add a little hot water or any remaining stock.
- Before serving, add the grated squares of chocolate and stir through the hot chilli con carne to melt. Taste and season with salt and pepper as necessary.
- Serve with rice and garnish the chilli with coriander and soured cream.
- 4 mild chillies, finely chopped
- bunch coriander, chopped
- 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
- salt, to taste
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- ½ lime, juice only
- 3 ripe avocados
- In a pestle and mortar, pound the chillies, coriander, tomatoes, salt and onion to a fine paste.
- Add a little water and lime juice to make a looser mixture. Mash in the avocados. Serve.
Holy guacamole, that looks good! Why don’t you go all out with some tequila and enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend Mexican style.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!