Beginner's Chilli

I know many people have tried making chili but never quite got the flavour they were looking for. I've also seen tons of recipes out there, many of which have at least 15 - 20 ingredients, if not more, and this can often be daunting and a little overwhelming for someone who just wants to make a chilli for the first time. So I've made up this easy simple recipe to help you. Once you have made it, you can add other flavours, experiment a little, or just keep the recipe as it is!
I love making this as it is quick, inexpensive, uncomplicated, full of flavour, and very easy to do.
I've made this recipe so that you can be as rigid or as versatile as you wish. You can choose what ground meat you would like, whether you want rice, spaghetti, pasta or something else....maybe just a warm crusty bread roll even! So come and discover how easy this Chilli really is to make.

Beginner's Chilli

Ingredients:

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1 Lb or 500 g ground meat of your choice, or for vegetarians, ground soya meat
1 large chopped onion
3 Cloves garlic crushed / chopped
1/2 lb or 300 g mushrooms chopped (optional)
1 Bay Leaf
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 Stock cube
1 -2 Teaspoons Mild dry chilli pepper seeds. (adjust to your taste..the more, the hotter!)
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 can (14.5 oz) whole peeled chopped tomatoes (no added flavours) plus 1/2 can of water if necessary
2 teaspoons sugar

Instructions:

1. Peel & chop onion, garlic and mushrooms if using then add to a pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
2. Lightly fry until the onions are soft and translucent (not brown as this will make them taste bitter)
3. Add your meat and cornstarch and cook, stirring in the pan with the other ingredients.
4. Add the remaining ingredients.
5. Stir it all together and leave to simmer on a low heat until the sauce thickens. Should take 10 - 15 minutes or so.

Beginner's Chilli

6. Whilst the sauce is simmering, cook the rice, pasta, spaghetti as per the packet instructions.
If you need more liquid in the chilli, add a little water until it is the consistency you like.
7. Warm your dinner plates/bowls up and get ready to plate up when the rice / spaghetti is done.
8. Have a taste to see if you need more salt & pepper.
Serving suggestion as I have done, with rice and a blob of Mayo. Perfect!
And there you have it, A Simple Chilli! Now for the pleasure of eating . Enjoy every bite and thanks for trying the recipe. I hope I've inspired you and given you a new flavour sensation! Tell us what you added to your recipe in the comments below!

Beginner's Chilli

Beginner’s Chilli
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
I know many people have tried making chili but never quite got the flavour they were looking for. I've also seen tons of recipes out there, many of which have at least 15 - 20 ingredients, if not more, and this can often be daunting and a little overwhelming for someone who just wants to make a chilli for the first time. So I've made up this easy simple recipe to help you. Once you have made it, you can add other flavours, experiment a little, or just keep the recipe as it is! I love making this as it is quick, inexpensive, uncomplicated, full of flavour, and very easy to do.
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 Lb or 500 g ground meat of your choice or for vegetarians, ground soya meat
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 3 Cloves garlic crushed / chopped
  • 1/2 lb or 300 g mushrooms chopped optional
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 Stock cube
  • 1 -2 Teaspoons Mild dry chilli pepper seeds. (adjust to your taste..the more the hotter!)
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 oz can whole peeled chopped tomatoes plus 1/2 can of water if necessary 14.5, no added flavours
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
Instructions
  1. Peel & chop onion, garlic and mushrooms if using then add to a pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  2. Lightly fry until the onions are soft and translucent (not brown as this will make them taste bitter)
  3. Add your meat and cornstarch and cook, stirring in the pan with the other ingredients.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients.
  5. Stir it all together and leave to simmer on a low heat until the sauce thickens. Should take 10 - 15 minutes or so.
  6. Whilst the sauce is simmering, cook the rice, pasta, spaghetti as per the packet instructions.
  7. If you need more liquid in the chilli, add a little water until it is the consistency you like.
  8. Warm your dinner plates/bowls up and get ready to plate up when the rice / spaghetti is done.
  9. Have a taste to see if you need more salt & pepper.
  10. Serving suggestion as I have done, with rice and a blob of Mayo. Perfect!
  11. And there you have it, A Simple Chilli! Now for the pleasure of eating . Enjoy every bite and thanks for trying the recipe

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