Good things come with time and patience. Isn’t that the mantra to most things in life. Well to be honest it is true. Especially with food. Slow cooked chilli beef is taking your chilli con carne to the next level. A fabulous dish guaranteed to satisfy any soul around the table and is a great dish to cook on a Sunday and then you have left overs for the week ahead.
I have tried to keep this recipe as salt free and natural as possible, hence I have used butcher grade hormone free beef, organic tinned tomatoes. I have worked out that the whole dish cost under $25 to add a few potatoes and green salad to serve you will be looking at around $30. An absolute winning recipe that will also help you save too.
Prep Time: 15mins
Cooking Time: 5h30
2 Red Onions, finely diced
4-5 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
2 Red Chillies, finely chopped
1 Bunch Coriander (finely chop coriander stalks, leave leaves for decoration)
1 Tsp Smashed Cumin Seeds (or you can use ground)
2 Tsp Smoked Paprika
2 Tsp Cinnamon
2 400g Tins Organic Tinned Tomatoes + 2 Tins of Water
1 Kg Diced Organic/Hormone Free Beef (I generally go to the butcher to get this but you can also get diced beef in the supermarket)
Sea Salt & Pepper
1 Tin Organic Cannellini Beans
1. Turn Oven to 160c. In a oven proof pan that you can also use on the hob. Over a medium heat. Add a large splash of olive oil, then add onions, garlic, chilli and coriander stalks. Fry until soft and fragrant.
2. Add cumin, paprika and cinnamon and mix well with onion mix for minute or so.
3. Add two tins of tomatoes and follow by re-filling the tins with cold water. Bring to the boil then simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Get your diced beef out. Add a good splash of olive oil, about 1 tbsp sea salt and a good grind of pepper. Ensure all of beef is covered.
5. Add beef to pan. Pop the lid on and place in the oven for 5 hours. Half way through take out of oven and mix well. If a little dry add a splash more water.
6. At 5 hours. Add the cannellini beans to the beef and pop back in the oven for last 30 minutes.
7. Serve with roughly chopped coriander leaves.
*Goes really well with baked potatoes, a side greek yoghurt, homemade guacamole, freshly grated parmesan and big green salad.
** Slow Cooking Facts: It has wondrous benefits. Tomatoes are used in most slow cooking recipes, when slow cooked they are thought to release an extra dose of strong antioxidant ‘lycopene’. Research has shown that lycopene helps retain cell membrane strength, so they can fight off all the bad stuff. Strong cell membranes are vital in fighting off all types of diseases. To name a few more benefits of lycopene helps maintain a healthy heart, skin ageing and improves ones mood. By the process of slow cooking the tomato helps the antioxidant release more.1