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Chiswick chilli con carne


Chiswick chilli con carne

This is a warming dish from West London and only vaguely derived from the traditional Tex-Mex Chilli con carne. There are a few additions that build up the flavour in layers and create a dish that will be a bit of a challenge to anyone with a delicate palate.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Servings 4 people
Calories 425 kcal


  • 1 chopping board
  • 1 Chopping knife
  • 1 Sauce pan


  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 pieces red chilli (fresh)
  • 3 inches peeled ginger root
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds (fired in oil)
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp Rock salt (ground)
  • 500 g beef mince (5% fat)
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 300 g chopped tomatoes (canned)
  • 300 g Red kidney beas (canned/drained)
  • 50 g Dried red chillis
  • 50 g dark chilli chocolate
  • 1/2 bottle Red wine
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp hot pepper sauce
  • 5 pieces Red and Green chillies (fresh, halved vertically)
  • 200 g grated cheddar cheese
  • 480 g basmati rice (uncooked)
  • 960 ml water


  • Peel and dice the onion. Slice the fresh chilli and add to the onion. Finely chop 5 cm fresh ginger.  
  • Place the onion, coriander powder, roasted cumin, dark chilli chocolate, chopped red chilli and finely chopped ginger in a large pan, season with salt and pepper, and then add a tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Gently heat the pan and cook until the onions become translucent. Stir in one to two teaspoons of red chilli powder and 500g of lean mince beef.
  • Fry the mixture until the meat has browned. Add one can of chopped tomatoes and one can of drained pre-cooked kidney beans or the equivalent of dried, soaked and boiled kidney beans. Note: other beans e.g. black beans, also work well.
  • Add a table spoon of Worcestershire sauce and one-two tablespoons of hot pepper sauce. 
  • Add half a bottle of red wine and 3 dried chillis . 
  • Then cover and simmer for 50 minutes
  • Add fresh red and green chillis
  • Prepare the Basmati rice fifteen minutes before the Chiswick chilli con carne is ready. Follow the link for instructions.
  • When the chilli is just about to catch on the bottom of the pan, remove from the heat and serve with basmati rice and grated strong cheddar cheese.
Keyword chilli, chiswick, con carne, spicy

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