Chilli con Carne Recipe

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Ingredients (8-10 servings):

  • 2 kg beef chuckChilli con carne 01
  • 4 red onions
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 2 cans cubes tomatoes
  • 2 cans tomato paste
  • 4 cans black beans
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 4 tablespoons chilli flakes (personally made by me from very hot peppers from the farmers market) or 3-4 jalapeno peppers if you find
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour (best if you have the Mexican one – Masa harina, but I could not find so used regular)
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 75 g dark bitter chocolate

Preparation method:

  1. Dice the beef into 1 cm cubes.Chilli con carne 02
  2. Chop the onions and garlic.
  3. Cut the red bell pepper in thin stripes.Chilli con carne 08
  4. Place the beef cubes in a large bowl and season it with freshly ground pepper, salt to taste, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon cumin and 2 tablespoons of the chilli powder.Chilli con carne 03
  5. Heat a large cast iron pan over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and the meat pieces spreading in one layer. Leave them to brown and caramelize, turning only after the bottom is browned.
  6. Repeat this procedure until all meat is fried, in batches, approximately 4 batches. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside.
  7. Heat some olive oil in the emptied pan, add the chopped onions and garlic and saute for 5 minutes over medium heat until they get soft and golden brown.
  8. Add the chilli flakes and saute for another minute.Chilli con carne 04
  9. Return the meat to the pan and add the tomato paste and the diced tomatoes.Chilli con carne 05
  10. Add the cornflour, the remaining cinnamon, cumin, thyme and chilli flakes to taste.
  11. Simmer for 1-2 hours stirring now and then, until meat is tender.
  12. Add the red bell pepper strips and simmer for another 10 minutes.Chilli con carne 09
  13. Add the chocolate pieces and stir to melt them. Chilli con carne 07
  14. Strain the liquid from the black beans cans and add the beans to the chilli. Simmer for another 5 minutes.Chilli con carne 10
  15. Serve while still hot with some chocolate crunches on top and some extra chilli peppers.Chilli con carne 11