Everybody needs a totally fail-safe, cook-without-thinking, speedy recipe to fall back on come dinnertime.
Chilli was the first meal I ever learned to make – I must have have been 11, 12.
See? Told you. Literally child’s play.
I’ve made a few tweaks over the years, so I like to think that this it’s a little more polished than my kiddie version. My final version is rich, fiery and meaty. And crazy low-calorie, at just 270kcal per serving.
A definite ‘auto-pilot’ dinner, for those nights where you absolutely do not have the energy going spare to be faffing around in the kitchen.
I serve mine with cauliflower rice and green beans, but you could easily ditch the cauli for real-life rice if you want a few more carbs / cals.
Great with avocado, salsa … and a hunk of bread for dunkin’ if you really want to treat yo’ self.
Lazy Chilli Con Carne
- 1 red onion, sliced
- 2 tsp garlic, minced
- 1 sweet red pepper, sliced
- 1 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp oregano
- 400 g extra lean beef mince
- 100 ml red wine (add 100ml of beef stock instead if you're not using wine)
- 250 ml beef stock
- 400 g chopped tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp tomato puree
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp agave nectar (sub. for honey)
- 240 g kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
Set a large lidded pan over a medium-low heat.
Add cooking spray, followed by the onion. Replace the lid and allow to sweat for 3 minutes until softened.
Add the garlic and peppers, and saute for a further 3 minutes. (Add water by the tablespoon if the mixture begins to dry out).
Add the spices and toast for 30 seconds before quickly stirring in the mince, breaking the meat up with a rubber spatula / wooden spoon as you go. Careful not to let the spices burn - have your mince ready to go!
Pour in the red wine and simmer for 1 minute.
Add the stock, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, Worcester sauce and agave nectar before stirring in the beans.
Bring to a simmer over a medium-high heat before reducing the heat, replacing the lid and allowing to simmer for 20 minutes, 30 if you have the time.
Nutritional Information per serving:
Calories: 273 / Protein: 28g / Carbohydrate: 24g / Fat: 5g / Fibre: 7g
For a veggie version, simply swap the mince for 500g Quorn Mince.
You could also swap out the beef mince for Turkey mince!
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