Chili con carne recipe

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A classic Mexican recipe, chili con carne is a meat stew (usually beef) with chili peppers and other ingredients such as red wine, tomatoes, chili beans and spices. It can be served with rice or on top of corn tortilla chips, topped with melted cheese for a great Mexican appetizer.
Preparation time: 10 minutes, Cooking time: 150 minutes, Serves: 4 



Ingredients

4 tbsp olive oil
1 lb ground beef
1 large onion, finely shopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp paprica powder
1/2 tsp oregano powder (or 1 tsp fresh oregano)
1 red fresh chili, chopped (1 - 2 tsp or dried chili flakes)
1/2 stick cinnamon
1/2 cup of red wine
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce (optional)
1 can whole tomatoes, chopped, with the juice
1 1/2 cups red kidney beans
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
Black pepper to taste

Directions

In a heavy skillet or frying pan over medium to high heat add 2 Tbsp of olive oil and bring to a heat. Add the minced beef and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring often until brown on all sides. Remove the minced beef from the skillet and set aside.

Add 2 more Tbsp of olive oil in the pan and saute the onion and garlic (add the onion first, cook for a while, then add the garlic).

Add the browned minced beef, the cumin, paprica, oregano, chili, cinnamon stick and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the Worcestershire sauce (if using), the chopped tomatoes and red wine, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for an hour.

Uncover and add the red kidney beans. Taste and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Cover again, this time leaving a crack for the steam to escape and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour more. If the chili becomes too dry at any time, add water. If it is too runny, uncover and cook over medium heat for a few minutes, stirring often, until you get the desired consistency.

Serve the chili with rice or corn tortilla chips.

For a great appetizer, lay corn tortilla chips on a plate, spoon chili con carne over them, top with grated cheese and heat in the microwave or oven until the cheese is melted and the tortilla chips become soft.

Notes and tips

You can adjust how hot the chili con carne is by adjusting the quantity of chili used in the recipe.
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