IT’S THE WEEKEND!!! ?✨???
No unearthly alarm calls. No rushing around. No fighting to get to work on time. No sitting in traffic.
Nadda. Nit. Nothing.
Even if this is not the case (like me, and I feel you) it’s a quieter and calmer time of the week; everyone is chilled out and relaxed (except in the shopping centres and IKEA ???), preparing to take it easy and recover from the last 5 days of GO GO GO!
And when it comes to the weekend, this wonderful time of relaxation, who can be bothered to be cooking? I mean, how are we meant to sit on the couch watching Netflix all day when we’re huddled over a stove top, right?
Guys and girls, this recipe is what you have been looking for…
Chilli Con Carne, a.k.a Lazy, weekend comfort food. ???
It’s delicious. It’s quick and easy to make. And it has a decent serving of vegetables and spices so, I suppose, you could call it marginally healthy ?
For the last couple of weeks I’ve been making a lot of vegetarian and vegan friendly food which has been great but my inner carnivore (I’m a T-Rex in human form ?) has been in need of some TLC.
And then, of course, I’ve been on this 5 Minute Red Pepper Sauce craze because, let’s face it, tomato based sauces are soooooooooo 2014!
Meat, red pepper sauce, a yearning for something spicy, and a cold, overcast day just came together into Chilli Con Carne.
Spicy, warm and filling this is quick, easy and satisfying comfort food at its best. It’s not too fancy but it’s an entire world away from a bag of chips (or greasy take-out). Plus it can be made in 30 minutes (or less) and only calls for 5 simple, every day ingredients.
5 Ingredients? I can hear you say but I count 15 in the recipe and another 6 ingredients to make the Red Pepper Sauce which makes 21 ingredients altogether. How did you come up with 5?
Yes, well, if you want to get all picky and mathematical-genius on me then, fine, there are a few extra?. However, first of all, you should remove ingredients such as sour cream, cilantro, guacamole and mixed beans because they are labelled “optional” (see what I did there? ?).
Secondly, I expect you to have at least one stash of Red Pepper Sauce in your fridge/ freezer waiting to be used. If you don’t: what have you been up top for the past 7 days?
Pull yourself together and start making some, it will change your sauce eating life, FOREVER!!!!!
Lastly I’m not counting ingredients I know you, my amazing and wonderful readers, will have sitting in your pantry. For this recipe that would mean cooking oil and the spices.
You have spices in your pantry, right?
Yes? Awesome, Carry on.
Really? Why? How? ?
No spices? How is this possible? This is not acceptable!
Get up and get your spice-less self off to the supermartk/ grocers right now…. you should be ashamed of yourself.
No serisouly, walk away from this blog, put on your shoes, walk out of that door and get to the shops (don’t forget your keys).
I’m not trying to be mean. I’m actually looking out for you; even if you are only half heartedly into this whole cooking thing you should have at least a few spices. There’s a lot more to flavour than simple salt and pepper.
Even the simplest of meals can be livened up with a pinch of one spice and a spoonful of another.
So here it is; a wisp of wisdom from me to you: If your spice rack consists of nothing more than the humble S&P, and a dust-gathering jar of oregano you haven’t opened in months (um, why?!?!?!), then here are 10 herbs and spices that will become your staple pantry items from here on:
- Paprika (there a choice between hot, sweet or smoked. For any spice Newbies I would suggest you go for sweet)
- Chilli Powder
Have these 10 ingredients and you will be on the way to kitchen adventure greatness; pair with the 5 Minute Red Pepper Sauce and this Chilli Con Carne becomes a 5 ingredient meal:
Onion/ Green Bell Pepper/ Beef Mince/ Garlic / Red Pepper Sauce
Equipped with your spices and you’ll be ready to whip up a whole menu of dishes including this chilli con carne. Best of all you can make this chilli in a huge batch (seriosuly, try doubling the recipe amounts) and portion it out for future meals (it freezes well for several months)
And best of all you can do so many things with this chilli:
- Throw it over corn chips for nachos;
- Use it as a filing for fajitas, buritos, enchiladas etc;
- A Tex-Mex style lasagna/ shipyards pie;
- Or, if you just want to have it as a good old Chilli, serve over rice (or potato wedges) with seriously large dollops of sour cream and guacamole
I don’t know about you, but I feel like a weekend of Chilli coming on.
Recipe for 5 Minute Red Pepper sauce can be found here
- Oil for frying
- 1 Onion, finely chopped
- 1 Green Bell Pepper, finely chopped
- 2 – 4 Cloves of garlic (depending on how garlicky you like things)
- 500g Beef Mince
- 1 1/1 tsp ground Cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp Paprika (any kind)
- 1/4 – 2 tsp chilli powder (depending on your chilli tolerance)
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cups 5 Minute Red Pepper Sauce (see link above recipe box)
- 1 /1/2 Cups of mixed beans (optional)
- Sour Cream, Guacamole & Cilantro to serve (optional)
- IN a pan over medium high heat, sauté the onion, bell pepper and garlic for a few minutes with a lug of oil until the onions are soft and translucent.
- Add beef mince. Separate the mince strands with a wooden spoon and cook for a minute or two until sealed. Add the spices, including salt and pepper, and cook for another minute until fragrant.
- Add the 5 minute Red Pepper Sauce and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, uncovered for 10 minutes.
- Serve as desired