This recipe serves four people and takes 10 minutes to prepare, making it the ideal meal to put together last minute for the family. Express.co.uk talks you through BBC Good Food’s chilli con carne recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 heaped tsp hot chilli powder (or 1 level tbsp if you only have mild)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 500g lean minced beef
  • 1 beef stock cube

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Instructions

Step one

Prepare your vegetables. Chop 1 large onion into small dice, about 5mm square.

The easiest way to do this is to cut the onion in half from root to tip.

Peel it and slice each half into thick matchsticks lengthways, not quite cutting all the way to the root end so they are still held together.

Slice across the matchsticks into neat dice.

Step two

Cut one red pepper in half lengthways.

Remove stalk and wash the seeds away, then chop.

Step three

Using your fingers, pull away two gloves of garlic from the bulb.

Peel the skin off and then finely slice the garlic.

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Step four

Put your pan on the hob over a medium heat.

Add 1 tbsp oil and leave it for 1-2 minutes until hot (a little longer for an electric hob).

Add the onion and cook, stirring fairly frequently, for about 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft, squidgy and slightly translucent.

Step five

Tip in the garlic, red pepper, 1 heaped tsp hot chilli powder or 1 level tbsp mild chilli powder, 1 tsp paprika and 1 tsp ground cumin.

Step six

Give it a good stir, then leave it to cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step seven

Brown 500g lean minced beef. Turn the heat up a bit, add the meat to the pan and break it up with your spoon or spatula.

The mix should sizzle a bit when you add the mince.

Step eight

Keep stirring and prodding for at least 5 minutes, until all the mince is in uniform, mince-sized lumps and there are no more pink bits.

Make sure you keep the heat hot enough for the meat to fry and become brown, rather than just stew.

Step nine

It’s time to make the sauce. Crumble 1 beef stock cube into 300ml hot water.

Pour this into the pan with the mince mixture.

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Step 10

Add a 400g can of chopped tomatoes.

Tip in ½ tsp dried marjoram, 1 tsp sugar and add a good shake of salt and pepper.

Squirt in about 2 tbsp tomato purée and stir the sauce well.

Step 11

Simmer it gently. Bring the whole thing to the boil, give it a good stir and put a lid on the pan. Turn down the heat until it is gently bubbling and leave it for 20 minutes.

Step 12

Check on the pan occasionally to stir it and make sure the sauce doesn’t catch on the bottom of the pan or isn’t drying out.

If it is, add a couple of tablespoons of water and make sure that the heat really is low enough.

After simmering gently, the saucy mince mixture should look thick, moist and juicy.

Step 13

Drain and rinse a 410g can of red kidney beans in a sieve and stir them into the chilli pot.

Bring to the boil again, and gently bubble without the lid for another 10 minutes, adding a little more water if it looks too dry.

Step 14

Taste a bit of the chilli and season. It will probably take a lot more seasoning than you think.

Step 15

Now replace the lid, turn off the heat and leave your chilli to stand for 10 minutes before serving. This is really important as it allows the flavours to mingle.

Step 16

Serve with soured cream and plain boiled long grain rice.

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