March 26, 2015 by Varga László
Ingredients (8-10 servings):
- 2 kg beef chuck
- 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
- Dice the beef into 1 cm cubes.
- Chop the onions and garlic.
- Cut the red bell pepper in thin stripes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Repeat this procedure until all meat is fried, in batches, approximately 4 batches. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside.
- 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.
- Add the chilli flakes and saute for another minute.
- Return the meat to the pan and add the tomato paste and the diced tomatoes.
- Add the cornflour, the remaining cinnamon, cumin, thyme and chilli flakes to taste.
- Simmer for 1-2 hours stirring now and then, until meat is tender.
- Add the red bell pepper strips and simmer for another 10 minutes.
- Add the chocolate pieces and stir to melt them.
- Strain the liquid from the black beans cans and add the beans to the chilli. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Serve while still hot with some chocolate crunches on top and some extra chilli peppers.
Category American, Mexican | Tags: beans,beef,chili pepper,chocolate,cinnamon,soulfood,spicy,tomatoes | 2 Comments