#TheQuickDish: Chili con Carne

In Texas, chilli con carne recipes are furtively guarded for the annual contests that take place throughout the state, but Thomasina Miers has no need for such secrecy. Just throw everything together, then wait, for a fun and delicious meal!

Prep 10 min
Cooking 45-50 min
Serves 4


  • 2 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
  • 500g minced beef
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 20g butter
  • 2 onions, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, cut in half lengthways, then finely chopped
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 small hot green chilli, finely chopped (optional)
  • 2-3 tbsp chipotles en adobo (or to taste), finely chopped
  • 1 x 400g tin kidney beans
  • 1 x 400g tin chickpeas
  • 2 x 400g tins plum tomatoes
  • 300ml beef stock
  • 250ml medium-bodied red wine
  • 45g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids), roughly chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp brown sugar, to taste

To serve

  • 2 large hass avocados
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • ½ shallot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 bunch coriander, leaves picked and roughly chopped, stalks finely chopped
  • Soured cream


Get all the ingredients chopped and measured first.

Heat half the oil in a large casserole on a high heat. When it’s sizzling hot, add the beef, season generously with salt and pepper, and brown in the fat for about five minutes, breaking up any clumps of meat with a wooden spoon. When the meat has coloured nicely, transfer it to a bowl, add the rest of the oil and the butter to the pan, and turn down the heat to medium-high.

Add the onions and celery, season and cook, stirring, for five minutes on a medium heat. Add the apple and garlic, and fry, stirring, for a few minutes more to soften the garlic. Stir in the spices, oregano, green chilli (if using) and the chipotle, and sweat gently, without colouring, for five to 10 minutes more, until the vegetables are soft.

Originally created from here.