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Friday, June 17, 2016

Chili Con Carne with Beef, Chorizo and Chipotle

Hey Guys ( and Gals) What's more comforting than a nice big bowl of chili con carne? This recipe combines ground beef with diced chorizo for even more meaty madness, and best of all, it cooks up perfectly in your slow cooker!

I'm into the comfort food, baby!

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
  • 1 large brown onion, finely diced
  • 2 medium chorizo sausages, skin off and diced roughly
  • 600-700 grams grass fed ground beef/mince
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 chipotle chilli peppers (dried or tinned), diced
  • 1 teaspoon seasalt
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seed powder
  • 1½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1½ cup diced tinned tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
  • Garnish: greek or coconut yoghurt, fresh coriander, spring onion
DIRECTIONS:
Slow cooker method
  1. Cook onion in olive or coconut oil over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes. This can be done in a frying pan or directly in a slow cooker dish if it's heat-proof. Then add the diced chorizo, stir and cook for a further 2 minutes, until slightly browned.
  2. Now add the beef and break it apart while stirring with the onion and chorizo. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Then add the garlic and spices and stir together for a minute to release the aromas.
  3. Finally, add the tomatoes and vinegar, bring to simmer and transfer to a slow cooker (unless already in the slow cooker dish, then simply place the vessel back onto the heat element).
  4. Cook covered for 2-3 hours on HIGH, 4-5 hours on MEDIUM, 6-7 hours on LOW.
Stove top method
  1. Repeat the same steps as above but cook everything in a large pot or a deep frying pan with a lid. Once all ingredients are added and brought to simmer, cover with a lid and cook for 30-45 minutes, stirring a few times.
Oven method
  1. Repeat the same steps as above and once all ingredients are added and brought to simmer, transfer the mix to an oven-proof casserole dish or a Dutch oven, cover with foil and cook in a 200C/395F oven for 30-45 minutes. Stir half way.
Huh? What do you think? Enjoy! Eat well My Friends!

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* Beef, veal, and lamb (steaks and roasts), fish - 145 degrees fahrenheit

* Pork and ground beef - 160 degrees fahrenheit

* Poultry - 165 degrees fahrenheit.

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