Saturday, 22 October 2011

Masala Minced Beef and Kidney Beans Chilli

It's the end of National Baking Week, and I really wanted to do something this week and I've waited all the way till Saturday to try to do something I could blog about. But I really couldn't muster up the time and effort to do anything more fussy than throw-everything-in-a-pot-stews. The temperature's taken a huge dip and and when I'm not busy moaning about the weather, I'm busy with the crazy crazy pace at school this term. (To be honest I just am not much of a bloody baker anyway.)

I often do chillis/stews like this: some mince, topped up with beans, a can of tomatoes, some spices. It's simple, easy, filling, yummy, and better yet, yummier the next day. There are countless variations for this, this variation was one I made for my birthday before.

Masala Minced Beef and Kidney Beans Stew
serves 4-6 (especially if accompanied by rice)
400g minced beef (you can sub any meat you like, or omit for vegetarian version)
1 cup of soaked, cooked red kidney beans (you can sub any beans you have)
400g can of tomatoes
1 large onion, diced
1 cinnamon stick
2 bay leaves
3 cloves
4 cardamom pods, smashed
2 tbsp cumin powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsbp chilli powder (to taste)
sea salt and black pepper
1 tbsp coconut oil

1. Over medium high heat, add the whole spices to the hot coconut oil to toast for a few seconds.
2. Add diced onion, fry till golden translucent and fragrant.
3. Add the minced beef and all the ground spices, the chilli powder, salt and pepper. Stir fry till beef is browned and caramelised, about 5 minutes.
4. Add the canned tomatoes and cooked beans, bring to a boil, and let simmer for at least 15 minutes. It's best if you let everything in the stew get to know one another better, so if you aren't starving, leave the stewoff the heat for a couple of hours.

By the way, just to reiterate, leftovers are thicker and richer in flavour, so it's definitely worth it to make a big pot of warming chilli. This makes a wonderful hot and spicy antidote to the miserable weather and month ):

For anyone going through a similarly miserable period, but still keen on doing a belated, super easy something for National Baking Week (and Apple Day, 21 October), try Cinnamon Baked Apples, topped with crispy nuts, raisins and greek yogurt.


  1. i could really go for a huge bowl of this right now! :)

  2. What a great new twist on the chili I make all winter, thanks, and sorry about your weather!

  3. That's going to be SOOOO good on toast tomorrow!

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  5. Why, whenever I take out minced meat, beans and canned tomatoes I always end up with chili con carne?? Thank you for giving this fantastic alternative, your masala beef sounds much more exciting. I will remember next time.

  6. Love the twist you added to chilli..looks lovely color..comfort food for upcoming cold season..

  7. Chilli's is awesome in any form - I never had it with masala though. It sounds like a great taste combination! Yay for leftovers too - chilli is one of those perfect dishes which lend itself so well to reheating and flavours only get better over time!

  8. Thank you so much for the lovely comment you left me today, I really appreciate it! :) x

  9. victoria: yes, and it has even started raining these days ):

    sue: thanks, I hope the weather gets better too..

    little macaroon: that's a great idea, like BETTER baked beans on toast ;)

    stephen: in the previous entry! emailed you (:

    sissi: it's kind of chilli, kind of curry? haha glad I could give you ideas (:

    tanvi: yes, nothing like some spice when the weather turns cold..

    charles: yup, so it's a great excuse to make a hugeee pot.

    christine: (: x

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  11. We love chili and I make it often, just so we can always have it in the freezer. I like the sound of spices in this version. I've never made anything quite like that.

    Sorry to hear that you aren't loving the rain. I'm still DREAMING of cooler weather here. Soon, very very soon, I tell myself every day!

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