Best ever chilli

November 14, 2011

This is what we had for dinner tonight. It's called Quick Chili and it's from Nigella Express. I'd never had much success with chilli before I found this recipe. I've probably made it half a dozen times and every time it's been gorgeous. It only takes about ten minutes to prep too!
I've de-snobbified the recipe for you as it's full of Nigella's usual, "visit your local artisan herb-collector and purchase magic beans ground by elves" type bollocks.

QUICK CHILI - serves 4
150g chorizo sausage, sliced and cut into 5mm half moons
500g minced beef (I used a mixture of lean beef and Quorn mince)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon chili flakes

3 cardamom pods, crushed in a pestle and mortar and outer husks discarded
1 x 400g jar cheap tomato and vegetable sauce for pasta
1 x 400g can mixed beans
60ml sweet chili sauce

How to do it:
Put the sliced chorizo into a hot frying pan and cook over a medium heat until the sausage crisps a little and releases orange-ish oil. Nigella says you should now remove the chorizo and set aside - but I didn't bother. Add the mince and cook for about 5 minutes, breaking it up with a fork and stirring occasionally until it browns.
Add the cooked chorizo (if you were arsed to take it out) and stir in the spices, pasta sauce, tinned beans and sweet chili sauce.
Bring to the boil and then turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. I quite often add extra water during cooking if it looks a bit dry. Serve with rice, chopped coriander, sour cream and grated cheese.

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