Sunday, March 18, 2012

cheesy chilli - another Nigella!!!!

Now while this is not hot by any means it hits the spot for young and old! My boys they like a little bite with their chilli while the hubby not so much..... me on the other hand a like more than a  little........

Nigella's cheesy chilli is great, there is a great balance of flavour for all, and the cheesy tortilla chips make it even better for the youngies.....

110g chorizo, cut into fat coins and halved
500g beef mince
1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 x 15ml tablespoon tomato paste
1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
125ml water, swilled from empty tomato can
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 X 400g can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 X 125g fresh mozzarella cheese balls
handful chopped fresh coriander, to serve I made a quick advocado and coriander guacamole  and added some sour  cream too

Cheesy Tortilla chips

I used Mission white tortilla chips sprinkled with grated cheese and bake at 180 for about 10 minutes until cheese has melted and started to colour.

1) Put a cast-iron casserole or heavy-based pan (needs to have a lid) on the stove and heat over medium high, add the chorizo and cook it until an orange oil is released.
2) Add the mince, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. When the meat begins to lose its raw colour, sprinkle with cocoa and oregano, dollop in the puree and give a good stir before adding the canned tomatoes. Swill the empty can with 125ml water, and empty that into the pan, followed by the Worcestershire sauce and kidney beans, then let it come to the boil.
3) Turn the heat down, put the lid on, and simmer for 20 minutes.
4) Remove the lid, and let it come to the boil again, then turn off the heat and stir in the mozzarella (I added cheese to individual plates as I made a double batch). Stir and serve immediately.

What I loved: The chilli was simple to make, and took roughly thirty five minutes from beginning to end, which is great on a week night.

What I didn't love: The chilli wasn't that spicy, it was flavourful, but I would expect more spice from a chilli. Maybe it was the quality of chorizo, next time I would add a little dried chilli when frying chorizo.


  1. Looks yum !
    Will give it a go.

  2. Congrats on the blog!!
    This sounds really good. Interesting about the cocoa! Mexicans do like to put chocolate in their chilli!
    Looking forward to more of your recipes!