Monday, September 29, 2014

Easy Chili Con Carne

The key to a healthy and delicious Chili con Carne is to boil the ground meat ahead to get rid of all the fats and oil and grease. Or better,  choose the lean part of the beef and ask your local butcher to grind it for you, now that's fresh. My recipe is made up of ingredients that can be found at any grocery store or market. Instead of using fresh beans, I went for the ones that's already precooked and packed.

Servings: 3-4
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 kilo lean ground meat (boiled and drained)
  • 1 large or 2 medium red bell peppers chopped into small pieces
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped into small pieces (or canned tomatoes)
  • 2 medium onions (red or white) chopped into small pieces
  • 1 150g tomato paste
  • 3 100g pack of Hunt's chili Beef & Beans (or 1 can of Hormel Chili with Beans)
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried cilantro (or chopped fresh cilantro/ wansoy)
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper granules
  • 1/2 tsp cooking oil
Procedure:
  • In a sauce pan, saute onions in oil for a few seconds.
  • Add tomatoes and red bell peppers and stir until cooked.
  • Add ground beef, mix evenly.
  • Add Hunt's Chili Beef & Beans, stir and mix until well- blended.
  • Add tomato paste and mix until even.
  • Add chili powder and cilantro stir for a few seconds.
  • Add salt and pepper.
  • Mix for 30 seconds or when everything is mixed well and cooked.
Aside from using this easy Chili con Carne as usual topping for nacho chips, I also like to pair it with hot rice. Use it as dip to my thin pretzel crisps, crackers and biscuits.
I also love it as breakfast filling for my hot pandesal. It's also perfect for bagels, ciabatta, baguette etc... It can also make an ordinary Bruschetta more enticing by topping it with sour cream or cheese.



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