Chili con carne (HM)

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Chili con carne (HM)
Chili con carne (HM)
Servings:Serves 6
Calories per serving:357
Ready in:1 hour 15 minutes
Prep. time:15 minutes
Cook time:1 hour
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:20th January 2013
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This is the recipe my husband and I developed over time and it's very tasty and fairly healthy.


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Ingredients

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Method

  1. Heat a couple of tablespoons of oil in a saucepan. Fry onion. After a few minutes add Crushed garlic. Cover and continue frying until onions are translucent.
  2. Add meat and brown.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and seasoning.
  4. Bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 30mins to 1 hour, depending on how much you've made.

Serving suggestions

Serve with tortillas, rice or crusty bread and a side salad.

Variations

By increasing the proportion of beans and vegetables, one pack of meat can be stretched to ten or twelve servings. If you do this, increase the proportion of herbs, spices and chocolate accordingly. If you don't want to use chocolate (which really is the secret ingredient), you can substitute a little white sugar to bring out the flavour of the tomatoes.

If you don't like food too spicy, cut down the green chili content. I make it for my young son in this way and he loves it with rice.

Chef's tip

I make a big pot a couple of times a year and each time freeze 15 - 18 double portions that can be microwaved quickly to give us a hot meal in about 15 mins at the end of the working day.

If you use low-fat beef, this meal is a healthy option, as it has no other source of saturated fat apart from the small amount of chocolate.

See also

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