Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Healthy Beef Chilli

Beef Chilli is of course a very popular dish but so often there are a great many unnecessary and unhealthy ingredients incorporated within it. This version eliminates those ingredients but still produces a delicious and healthy meal to be enjoyed by all the family.

Ingredients (Serves Two)

1lb ground or minced beef
1 large white onion (finely chopped)
1 green and 1 red bell pepper (de-seeded and sliced)
4 large garlic cloves (crushed or very finely chopped)
1 14oz can chopped tomatoes in tomato juice
1 14oz can red kidney beans in water
3 small red birds' eye chilli peppers (de-seeded and finely chopped)
1 tsp ground cumin seeds
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaf/cilantro (plus a little extra for garnishing)

4oz basmati rice for serving upon


In a large, dry pot, brown the beef, stirring well with a wooden spoon to ensure even cooking. Wash the red kidney beans thoroughly in a colander under running water before adding all the remaining ingredients - bar the coriander/cilantro and the rice - to the pot. Bring up to a gentle simmer and allow to cook in this way for about forty-five minutes.

The rice should be timed to be ready with the chilli and cooked dependant upon the instructions on the packet. The chopped coriander/cilantro should be stirred through the chilli immediately prior to serving with the little left over used as a garnish.

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