RECIPE: Green Farm Beef Chilli

A good, slow-cooked beef (or just bean) chilli always goes down a storm on our Retreats and is great dish for feeding a large crowd. Serve it with whatever you fancy, but I particularly like wild red rice or roasted sweet potatoes, with a nice slaw salad and some lovely avocado.



INGREDIENTS

Serves 12 people + with sides

  • 2 red onions, finely diced

  • 2 sticks of celery, finely diced

  • 2 large carrots, finely diced

  • 2 red peppers, finely diced

  • 4 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped/sliced

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • Salt and black pepper

  • 1 heaped teaspoon of: sweet smoked paprika, dried oregano, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, ground coriander, ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons of: ground cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp of: tomato paste/puree; Tamari or Soy sauce; Worcestershire sauce

  • 50g dark chocolate or 2 tbsp dark chocolate powder/drinking chocolate

  • 2 x packs of 500g Green Farm or grass-fed minced beef

  • 1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

  • 1 x 400g tin of black beans

  • 1 x 400g tin of kidney beans

  • Handful of fresh coriander, chopped

  • Sliced fresh red chilli (optional)

Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 170C.

  2. On a medium heat, drizzle the oil into a large and lidded Dutch oven/Le Creuset, and add the onions, garlic, celery, carrot and peppers with a large pinch of salt and pepper, then cook for 15-20 minutes, or until everything is golden brown and soft.

  3. Add all the dried herbs and spices and fry for a further 5 minutes.

  4. Add the mince, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, then cook for 5-10 minutes, or until all the liquid has evaporated and the meat has browned.

  5. Add the tamari sauce, Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste followed by the tomatoes and beans. Season with a little more salt and black pepper, then bring to the boil and pop in the oven for 2 hours with the lid on.

  6. After 2 hours, check to see that the sauce has reduced and the meat is nice and soft. You can use a whisk to break up and meat that has clumped together.

  7. Add in your chocolate and check the seasoning. Top with the fresh coriander, some sliced chilli or even a drizzle of yoghurt.


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