Thursday, February 3, 2011

Chili Con Carne

When I was in primary school, I remember lunchtime being somewhat like a buffet spread among me and my friends. There were 6 of us friends and we would bring out our "baon" or the food we bring from home because our parents wanted to monitor what we were eating. Usually mine would be porkchops and rice, tocino ( sweetened cured pork) and rice, or the leftover food from dinner. But I had one friend who always had the coolest "baon" in my opinion. And there's this particular dish that quickly became a favorite, Chili con Carne. Everyone wanted to swap with her, especially me.

The years have passed, and sadly I have lost touch with my lunchtime buddies but the memory of this dish still remains. I found this recipe online and it came very close to what my friend used to have in lunchbox.

Oil (I use coconut oil) 2 tablespoons
Garlic, minced 2 cloves
Onion, minced 1 whole
Cumin, ground 1 teaspoon
Coriander, ground 1 teaspoon
Oregano, ground 1 teaspoon
Chili powder or cayenne 1 teaspoon
Bay Leaves 2 pieces
Ground Beef 250 grams
Crushed Tomatoes 500 grams
Red kidney beans 200 grams, soaked overnight
White beans 200 grams, soaked overnight
Chicken Stock 1 liter
Corn Kernels, canned, drained 100 grams
Salt, Pepper to taste
Cheese, grated for garnish
Heat oil in a pot over medium heat, add in minced onions, saute until translucent. Add in the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add beef and the spices. Cook until beef is no longer pink about 5 minutes.
Add in the soaked beans and the crushed tomatoes. Cover with chicken stock and cook until beans are tender, this can take from 30-45 minutes.
When beans are tender add the corn kernels and season with salt and pepper. I prefer to cook it further until the liquid is reduced. Serve hot. Top with grated cheese and parsley.


Renata said...

I love chilli con carne so much!! Yours looks pretty delicious!

Joy said...

Ohhh that looks so good. I love chili.

Tangled Noodle said...

My mom used to pack egg sandwiches for us, which I actually liked. But I would much rather have a big bowl of this chili con carne! Thanks goodness I'm older now - I can choose my own lunches...8-D

chef_d said...

This recipe is definitely a keeper! :)

Barbara Bakes said...

Sounds much better than the lunches I grew up on. Love all the cheese on top!