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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

Gulyásleves Recipe – Hungarian Goulash in Cast Iron Kettle

Gulyasleves Recipe - Hungarian Goulash in Cast Iron Kettle

I had over a friend from France – Robin – very nice guy and a very good blues musician. His plan is to go by hitchhiking all the way to Australia along singing and playing his guitar and harmonica.

He has seen a lot of places and has been in a lot of places, having a lot of good stories to tell. He has been through Hungary but from his recollection didn’t eat tasty Hungarian food. So I had to correct his impression on Hungarian cuisine. I met with some friends with whom planned for ages to cook, gulyas soup in a cast iron kettle over an open fire. This was a very good opportunity to finally do it.

We went to our friends garden unpacked the kettle, set the fire and cooked the delicious goulash or gulyas as it’s called in Hungarian. It was the beginning of the summer on a long Sunday warm afternoon prolonging into the cooler night. In the meantime we had fun, singing talking and drinking beers. As it turned out, it was the start of the open fire kettle cooking – since this time we had another five cookouts at the same venue which (apparently) finished for this year at the end of September. Some of the recipes I already shared, some are still to come.

And here follows the recipe:

Ingredients (8-10 servings):

  • 2 kg lean veal, preferably,  but you can also use beef    Gulyasleves - Hungarian Goulash 05
  • 1 kg onionsGulyasleves - Hungarian Goulash 01
  • 2 whole bulbs of garlicGulyasleves - Hungarian Goulash 03
  • 2 kg potatoes
  • 100 ml rendered pork lard or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 kg red/green bell pepperGulyasleves Recipe - Hungarian Goulash in Cast Iron Kettle
  • 4 tomatoes – about 1/2 kg
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • sweet and hot paprika to taste ( 1 used about 1 tablespoon sweet and 1 tablespoon hot)

Preparation method:

  1.  Dice the veal into 2 cm cubes.Gulyasleves - Hungarian Goulash 06
  2. Chop roughly the onion and garlic.Gulyasleves - Hungarian Goulash 04Gulyasleves - Hungarian Goulash 02
  3. Dice the bell peppers.Gulyasleves Recipe - Hungarian Goulash in Cast Iron Kettle
  4. Dice the tomatoes into 1 cm cubes.a2014-09-06-22.24
  5. Clean and dice the potatoes into 2 cm cubes.Gulyasleves - Hungarian Goulash 14
  6. Heat the rendered lard/oil into the cast iron kettle.Gulyasleves - Hungarian Goulash 07
  7. Add to the kettle the chopped garlic and onion and fry, stirring them about 5 minutes until golden and fragrant.Gulyasleves - Hungarian Goulash 08
  8. Add the diced meat Gulyasleves - Hungarian Goulash 09and the hot and sweet paprikaGulyasleves - Hungarian Goulash 11
  9. Fry them stirring from time to time for about 15 minutes until the meat has taken a brownish darker colour.Gulyasleves - Hungarian Goulash 12
  10. Add water to cover and the salt and cumin to taste. Don’t use black pepper, all the hotness of this dish is from the cumin and hot paprika.
  11. Bring to boil and cook over a medium fire for about 2-3 hours until the meat is 2/3 done. It depends on the kind of meat you use and don’t’ forget to stir now and then. Because this step is a lengthy one, you can relax and sing a bit as we did with our recent friend Robin Madier.Gulyasleves - Hungarian Goulash 13
  12. When the meat is about 2/3 done add the cubed potatoes, replenish with some more water to cover and cook for another circa 20 minutes.Gulyasleves - Hungarian Goulash 15
  13. When the potatoes are almost done add the diced bell peppers and tomatoes, add if needed some more salt and sweet/hot paprika to taste.Gulyasleves - Hungarian Goulash 18
  14. Cook for another 10-15 minutes, until the tomatoes and peppers mostly melted in the pot of soup.
  15. Serve the soup while hot.Gulyasleves - Hungarian Goulash 19