Chili (serves 6 – 8_
You can just make the chili and serve with a salad or on top of a baked potato or do as I sometimes do, which is to alter a recipe I used to make back in the day of no intolerances. An American friend of mine served chili in a bowl. The chili rested in the center of a bed of lettuce, grated cheese and diced red onion was sprinkled on the chili, around the edge of the chili was some guacamole and some salsa and the final edge was corn chips. So, eliminate cheese and corn chips and you still have a nice mixture, especially if you make your own guacamole and salsa. I thicken the sauce by putting 2 cups of the kidney beans in the food processor along with the sundried tomatoes. I made this the other day for guests and my sons and there was as in known is my family ‘an ample sufficiency’. Seconds were had and then just before bed I found my guest dipping in again (which was a great compliment). In the end – no leftovers!
1 tbsp. olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 large onion – finely chopped
2 garlic cloves – minced
2 pounds ground beef
2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 pinches red pepper flakes
2 x 14 0z cans kidney beans – rinsed and drained
1 cup tomato puree (I use Pomi variety)
3 sundried tomatoes
2 cups beef stock
A few drop of Worcestershire sauce
A few drops of Tabasco sauce
Heat the oil, salt and freshly ground pepper in a cast iron casserole dish.
When sizzling add onion and garlic and cook until onion is soft and slightly browned.
Then add chili powder, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes.
Meanwhile process 2 cups of drained kidney beans and the sundried tomatoes in a food processor.
Add ground beef and cook until browned.
Then add kidney beans, processed kidney beans and sundried tomatoes, tomato sauce and stock to casserole dish along with Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce.
Bring to boiling then turn heat down and simmer for 20 minutes.
Garnish – chopped lettuce, chopped red onion, guacamole and salsa (will post homemade guacamole and salsa recipes later)