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Old 10-18-2008, 04:17 AM   #1
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ISO the perfect chilli con carne recipe

Hi could you give me some suggestions on the perfect chilli con carne recipe.



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Old 10-18-2008, 05:19 AM   #2
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Well Nick - that is a whole can of worms. Perfection is indeed in the eye of the beholder. There is a whole big debate as to wether or not to include beans. The amount of spice is very much up to your taste. This is my recipe that I teach to the kids at school


1 tablespoon Sunflower oil (do not bring)
1 medium size onion
1 teaspoon chilli powder (do not bring)
500g lean minced beef
14 oz can of chopped tomatoes
5 tablespoons tomato puree
15 oz can of red kidney beans
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (do not bring)
1 teaspoon Wine vinegar (do not bring)
1 teaspoon sugar (do not bring)
salt and pepper (do not bring)


1 Chop the onions. Heal the oil in a pan.
2 Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes to soften.
3 Add the chilli powder and cook stirring, for 2 minutes
4 Add the mince and brown.
5 Stir in the tomatoes and tomato puree and then add all the remaining ingredients.
6 Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 1 hour.

That could provide a base for you to work on. A number of the others use cubed meat instead of mince. The overall flavour can also be improved by adding a few squares of good dark chocolate.

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Old 10-18-2008, 09:03 AM   #3
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Nick, check out some earlier threads in the Chili sub-forum under the Soups, Stews and Casseroles forum. Chili is as varied as the number of people cooking it.
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Old 10-18-2008, 09:06 AM   #4
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:00 AM   #5
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I think that this has to be the best recipe for chili ever!

(it seems I can't post links yet so just search google for "nigella chili con carne" - it is the top listing)

I have made it with and without the topping and both work really well. I think the spices and the cocoa is what makes this great... I really do not like chilli that only contains chilli as the only spice (sorry Miniman!!) as I find it lacks any fragrance. I have also tried versions that include Worcestershire sauce and it pains me to say (as I was brought up around the corner from the original Worcestershire sauce factory in Worcester!!) that I really don't think it adds anything useful.

Nigella also does a no-meat version of this based on lentils and that is really nice too (I know that is hard to believe!).

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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