Awesome Chilli Con Carne

It’s translated directly as “chiles with meat" The recipe has had many different looks over the years but the main ingredients will likely be chilies peppers and minced beef.


3 Tbsp Olive Oil
120 g Pancetta, chopped
800 g lean Beef mince
Sea salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Chilli Powder
1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
1 Tbsp Oregano
1 Tbsp Cumin
4 Garlic Cloves, peeled and chopped finely
2 Onions, peeled and chopped finely
1 Green Pepper, deseeded and diced
1 Red Pepper, deseeded and diced
2 large Red Chillies, chopped finely
50 g Celery, diced
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
450 ml Red Wine
100 g Sun dried Tomato Puree
2 x 400 g cans Chopped Tomatoes
300 ml Chicken Stock
400 g can Kidney Beans
400 g can Pinto Beans
6 Tbsp Coriander leaves, chopped
50 g Dark Chocolate, 70% + Cocoa content


Heat the Olive Oil in a large pan and add the Pancetta
Stir in the Minced beef and fry over a high heat,  breaking up with a wooden spoon until browned
Season with salt and Pepper
Stir in the Chilli powder, Paprika, Oregano, Cumin, Garlic and mix well
Cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes
Add the Onions, Peppers, Chillies and Celery and stir well
Add the Red wine
Add the Sun Dried Tomato Puree, Chopped Tomatoes, Chicken Stock, Worcestershire Sauce, Beans and 3 Tbsp Coriander. Simmer for 50 minutes until the sauce is well reduced and the mixture has thickened slightly
Stir in the Chocolate and 3 Tbsp Coriander leaves
Serve with a baked Potato or fresh Crusty Bread garnished with the remaining Coriander leaves