Chili con Carne á la Mel

On Saturday I decided to try my first Chili con Carne as the engineer and I were bitten by the travel bug again. Unfortunately we have some major things coming up and it’s not possible to get on holiday the next time soon. So I browsed the internet for some recipes, but didn’t quite find the perfect dish. While I read all the articles and writing down all the ingredients, I came up with my version of the classic Mexican dish. I tried to imagine how all the flavours will taste when they are mixed together. I knew before that it has cocoa powder and a lot of cumin and tomatoes. Coriander is also an important ingredient of the stew. I added a bottle of Trapiste beer from the Netherlands as I didn’t have any Guiness at home.Recipe Chili  con Carne-22

I think it’s important to try new recipes to enlarge your horizon. Standing still is something I don’t like at all and you have to let your mouth taste different styles of herbs and flavours. Additionally you get a feeling of foreign countries and holiday while cooking and eating the dish.Recipe Chili  con Carne-5

Now I let you know what I came up with. As I don’t know how a real Chili con Carne has to be like, don’t blame me, if I made it not the classic style.Recipe Chili  con Carne-2Recipe Chili  con Carne-4Recipe Chili  con Carne-3

Ingredients:

  • 500g minced meat (half/half)
  • 2 Onions
  • 2 Spring Onions or 2 Shallots
  • 1 Garlic Clove or 1 Tbsp grounded Garlic
  • 2 Cans of Tomatoes
  • 2 Stacks of Leek
  • 1 Can red Kidney Beans
  • 1 Can Sweet Corn
  • 1 Cup of fresh brewed Coffee
  • 1 bottle of Guiness or similar beer (I took Trapiste Beer from the Netherlands)
  • 2 Bay Leafs
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Tbsp Tomato purée
  • Cumin, Brown Sugar, Smoked Pepper, Sweet Pepper, Ground Coriander, Oregano, Cinnamon Stick, Cocoa powderRecipe Chili  con Carne-1

Roast the minced meat.Chili con Carne In the meantime finely chop the Onions and Garlic and roast it in the same pan as the meat.Recipe Chili  con Carne-7Recipe Chili  con Carne-8Recipe Chili  con Carne-9 After the Onions are golden brown add the Bay Leafs and the tomato purée. Give it a good stir and roast it a little while.Recipe Chili  con Carne-12Recipe Chili  con Carne-13

Add the Coffee, Beer, the Cans of Tomato and all of your Herbs and the cocoa to your favour.Recipe Chili  con Carne-14Recipe Chili  con Carne-15Recipe Chili  con Carne-16Recipe Chili  con Carne-17 I took one tablespoon of each. You can add more after it cooked for 5 minutes.Recipe Chili  con Carne-10 Let it cook for 10 minutes without a lid. Add the herbs to your favour and put in a little salt if necessary. Now pour in the sweet corn and the Kidney beans.Recipe Chili  con Carne-19Recipe Chili  con Carne-18

Let it cook slowly for an hour to get the best flavour.

Chop up fresh coriander to serve it with your Chili. We had rolls with ours to lick all the juices out of the plate.Recipe Chili  con Carne-21

xox Mel

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