[FOOD] Chilli and Mushroom Con Carne Recipe by SAMFA

February 23 is National Chilli Day and we know that no-one wants to miss out on celebrating the SPICE OF LIFE

CHILLI CON CARNE (before): Ingredients

  • 15ml oil
  • 2 onions, peeled, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 small red chilli, finely sliced
  • 2-5ml cayenne pepper (according to taste)
  • 5ml ground cumin
  • 3ml ground cinnamon
  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 30ml tomato paste
  • 410g can chopped tomatoes
  • 500ml beef stock
  • salt and milled black pepper
  • 400g can red kidney beans, drained, rinsed

To serve:

  • cooked white rice
  • finely diced toppings: tomato, red onion, avocado
  • fresh coriander leaves

Heat the oil in a pot over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes until it. Stir in the garlic, chilli, cayenne pepper, cumin and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute. Add mince and cook, stirring, for 5-7 minutes, or until the meat is browned. Sir in the tomato paste, chopped tomatoes and beef stock. Season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 35 minutes. Add the kidney beans and cook for 10-15 minutes. Serve with white rice, diced toppings and coriander leaves (optional).

CHILLI & MUSHROOM CON CARNE (after)

Serves 6

  • 15ml oil
  • 2 onions, peeled, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 small red chilli, finely sliced
  • 2-5ml cayenne pepper (according to taste)
  • 5ml ground cumin
  • 3ml ground cinnamon
  • 250g lean beef mince
  • 250g Button Mushrooms, sliced
  • 30ml tomato paste
  • 410g can chopped tomatoes
  • 500ml beef stock
  • salt and milled black pepper
  • 400g can red kidney beans, drained, rinsed

To serve:

  • cooked white rice
  • finely diced toppings: tomato, red onion, avocado
  • fresh coriander leaves

Heat the oil in a pot over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes until it. Stir in the garlic, chilli, cayenne pepper, cumin and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute. Add mince and cook, stirring, for 5-7 minutes, or until the meat is browned. Add the mushrooms and cook for 3-4 minutes. Sir in the tomato paste, chopped tomatoes and beef stock. Season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 35 minutes. Add the kidney beans and cook for 10-15 minutes. Serve with white rice, diced toppings and coriander leaves (optional).

Bandile Mathebula

Award wining writer and Journalist. Founding Editor In Chief at Sibizi News. Managing Director at Sibizi Media. Vice-Chairman at Ignite Young Minds SA. I have worked in the media industry for the past 7 years working across different brands and industries.

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