Chilli Con Carne

Serves 6 • Preparation time: 10 minutes • Cooking time: 2 hours

3 carrots

2 onions

4 cloves of garlic

2 sticks of celery

3 tablespoons olive oil

1kg minced beef

3 bay leaves

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoons oregano

6 tablespoons tomato purée

3 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes

2 teaspoons smoked sweet paprika

3 teaspoons cayenne pepper

100ml malt vinegar

2 x 400g tins kidney beans, drained

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cost per portion: 
  1. Peel and quarter the carrots and onions and put in a food processor.  Peel the garlic and add it along with the celery, then blitz until they are all very finely chopped
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the blitzed vegetables.  Fry over a gentle heat until the vegetables have softened
  3. Add the minced beef and cook for 10 minutes, or until it is brown all over. Then add the rest of the ingredients and stir well.  Cook for 2 hours on the hob, uncovered, stirring now and then.  Add a little water if necessary to prevent it from drying out
Age range: 
Ages 13 to 16
Leon’s Chilli Con Carne