Chilli Con Carne

Chilli Con Carne


Everyone has their own wee special way for Chilli Con Carne, this is my version. It is full of flavour and easily adaptable for kids by some tricks I have employed to cater to the varying tastes on heat levels in our house.

I have played around with Chilli con Carne over the years, I have been known to add 90% cocoa dark chocolate to it! Serve with rice, tacos, tortilla wraps….it is so versatile! Best bit it is so quick to make!

Serves 5

1kg Mince Beef
2 x 400g Kidney Beans, drained
1 x 400g Chopped Tomatoes
1 tbsp Tomato Purée
1/2 Cinnamon Stick
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Dry Oregano
1 tsp or either Mild or Hot Chilli Powder
1/2 tsp Hot Paprika
1/4 Cayenne Pepper
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 Green or Red Pepper Finely chopped
1-2 Fresh Chilli’s chopped (optional)
300ml Beef Stock
Rape Seed Oil

In order to reduce the level of fat to as low as possible, I brown the mince first at quite a high heat. As it releases fat, I drain the majority out. Whilst some may argue that you loose flavour this way, I firstly don’t think this is the case here as it is packed with flavour.

Once browned, remove the mince.

Add a dash of oil and fry the onion gently for 5-7 mins until soft.

Add the pepper and fresh chilli if you are using it and fry for another couple of mins.

Put the mince back in and add the cumin, oregano, chilli powder, cayenne, hot paprika and cinnamon stick.

Stir and cook for a couple of mins.

Add the tomato purée, stir and cook for a minute.

Add the tin of tomatoes and stock and bring to the boil.

Turn down and cook gently for 1/2 hour.

Add the beans and cook for a further 15 mins.

Bingo bango! Tasty, healthy, lush!

Peppers Stuffed With Mexican Rice and Beef

Peppers Stuffed with Mexican Rice and Beef

If you are sick of the sight of Chilli Con Carne, this is something super tasty and a little bit different.  I have made the rice and beef combination without the peppers too.  My kids love it with tacos and tortillas!

Peppers Mexican Rice and Beef

Serves 4

4 Large Peppers whatever colour you fancy! (Red are a bit sweeter!) Cut in half and cored.
250g Brown Basmati Rice (cook this in advance – even early in the day and refrigerate)
500g Mince Beef
230g (Drained weight) Black Beans (I got them in Sainsbury’s)
1 Onion chopped very finely
2 tsp Tomato Purée
1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes
1 Red Chilli Chopped Finely
100ml Beef Stock
1 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Hot Paprika
1 tsp Oregano
1/2 Cinnamon Stick
1/2 Chilli Powder
Olive oil

Add mince to a hot pan and fry quickly to brown all over. If there is excess fat, I often like to drain it out for health reasons!

Remove mince and set aside.

Add a dash of oil to the pan and add the onion and chilli. Fry gently for around 7 mins.

Return the mince to the pan add the oregano, chilli powder, cumin, hot paprika and cinnamon. Cook for a couple of minutes.

Add the tomato purée and stir.

Add the drained black beans, cooked rice and the tin of tomatoes.

Add the stock bit by bit to make it nice and moist but not to the point that it will run out of the peppers!

Cover and cook gently for 20 mins, remove kid and cook for another 10.

Add a dash or two more stock if necessary.

When done, stuff the peppers and place on a baking tray.

Heat oven to 160c and cook for 20-25 mins or until cooked.

You could do the rice and beef mix in a tortilla with guacamole and soured cream.


Carpaccio of Beef

Carpaccio of Beef
Serves 4

Carpaccio of Beef

What can I say…this is my food heaven! It is a bit hard to find in sunny Northern Ireland, so there was nothing else for it but to make it myself! It is so amazing even my kids love it! I think I will hide the next time I make it as I am not a fan of sharing my Carpaccio!!

Use the best quality fillet steak you can find. Slice her up, throw the dressing on, pour a large glass of red wine and enjoy!

500g Beef Fillet

2 Large Egg Yolks
3 tsp Dijon
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
Olive Oil
Maldon Sea Salt and Blak Pepper

Put the meat in the freezer for 30-40 mins to have it really cold.

Take it out and trim off any pieces of fat.

Cut into slices around the thickness of a pound coin.

Place between two bits of cling film and flatten with a heavy pan or mallet.

Arrange nicely on your plates.

Season with cracked black pepper and Maldon Sea Salt.

For the sauce:

Put the egg yolks p, lemon juice and salt in a bowl and using a small whisk, mix it all together.

Then, bit by bit whisk in roughly 75-100ml of olive oil to make a smooth emulsion.

This can be made ahead, cover and keep in the fridge.

When you are ready to eat, drizzle it over the beef, arranged as above.

Enjoy the biggest taste sensation of your life! ❤️❤️❤️❤️