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chilli beef recipe

Chilli Beef

A warm filling beef chilli that will become a family favourite
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 250 kcal


  • 500 gm ground beef
  • 1 Onion Large chopped
  • 5 Garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 large carrot chopped
  • 2 sticks celery chopped
  • 1 large sweet pepper (or two medium) rough chopped 1 x 1 inch
  • 2 dried chipotle
  • 1 box mushrooms (300-350gm) rough chopped
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder mild
  • 2 tsp chilli powder hot
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tp black pepper ground
  • stock cube or 2 tbs of home made
  • 2 tins plum tomato chopped
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 2 tins Beans (black or kidney, or pinto or..)
  • 1 tbs Ooft! Chipotle sauce
  • 1 large Bay leaf
  • 5 sprigs thyme or 2 tsp dried.
  • 1 small bunch coriander and parsley chopped


  • Finely chop the celery, carrot and onion and sweat in olive oil (1 tbs) for 10-15 minutes until onions soft on medium to low heat. (soffritto)
  • Push to one side increase heat to high and add beef to brown. If it throws water let that steam off and then combine with soffritto
  • add sweet pepper, tinned tomato ( I usually rinse the tins out with a couple of tabs of hot water and add) and turn heat to medium
  • Add, stock, chilli powders, salt, pepper, thyme bay leaf parsley, coriander, dried chipotle and Ooft! tinned beans (drained) mushrooms and tomato paste, sugar and garlic
  • Stir and let cook on low heat (I use a 3 but for you ?) for two hours checking and stirring occasionally. Taste adjust seasoning and serve with crusty bread.
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