Ah Chilli Con Carne, one of those quick and simple dishes that’s super comforting and super healthy to boot. Still on a health kick from Australia (those Aussies would put us to shame) I have decided to post this one as I made this two weeks ago when staying with my brother in Sydney. We enjoyed it after a day out exploring Sydney, one of the highlights of which was chilling in the Sydney Botanical Garden.
It’s a handy dish to throw in the freezer and defrost for a quick after work meal. It’s really nutritious too. This recipe is a twist on one of Teresa Cutter’s, The Healthy Chef (I’m really loving her blog). Her blog is packed of really delicious meals that are really healthy and nutritious. Chilli Con Carne is one of those ones you don’t really need a recipe for as you can add or leave out whatever veggies you want, but I liked how she put avocado on her’s, I thought it was a really nice addition. I put an extra chilli in mine, as I wanted a little extra kick. I also added in some molasses and cocoa for depth of flavour. Enjoy!
1 onion, finely diced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 large grated carrot
2 sticks sliced celery
250 g lean beef mince
1 red pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tbsp molasses
1 heaped tbsp cocoa
400 g tin of chopped tomatoes
400 g tin of cooked red kidney beans
125 g cherry tomato, halved
100 g baby spinach leaves
1 avocado, chopped
1 bunch coriander, chopped
2 Chopped red chilli (one for the sauce, and one to garnish.. or more if you like it hot)
- Sauté the onion, carrot and celery for 3 minutes until softened.
- Add the spices and mince and cook through for 5 minutes until the mince is browned.
- Add the red pepper, 1 chopped red chilli, tomato paste, molasses, cocoa, tin of chopped tomatoes and beans.
- Pour over 2 cups of water.
- Simmer over a low – medium heat for 30 minutes until thick.
- Season with ground pepper and a little salt and add cherry tomato.
- Fold in spinach and coriander just before serving.
- Spoon into bowls, top with chilli to taste, avocado and a squeeze of lime.
- Enjoy by itself or with a side of steamed green vegetables, brown rice or quinoa.
Dump The Beans Into Pot of Chilli