Chilli con Jamie

Serves 10-12

  • 2 kg beef brisket, trimmed and sliced into 2.5cm thick pieces across the grain

  • 500 ml hot coffee

  • 3 large dried chillies (ancho, chipotle or poblano)

  • olive oil

  • 2 heaped teaspoons ground cumin

  • 2 heaped teaspoons smoked paprika

  • 1 heaped teaspoon dried oregano

  • 2 fresh bay leaves

  • 2 red onions, peeled and diced

  • 3–4 fresh chillies

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 10 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 x 400 g tins of chopped tomatoes

  • 3 tablespoons molasses or muscovado sugar

  • 3 red, yellow or orange peppers, deseeded and sliced

  • 2 x 400 g tins of beans (kidney, butter or pinto), drained

  • Optional:

  • soured cream, to serve

Everyone should know how to make a really good chilli, and this one's a right cracker. I've been working on it for a while, and cowboy-land helped me pull it together. The cut of meat is really affordable and delicious, and gives the chilli a gorgeous texture, similar to a beef stew. I wanted to make sure this had real attitude, so I achieved a brilliant depth of flavour by mixing dried chillies with fresh ones and adding fresh herbs. I made this the cowboy way, over a fire, and when you're cooking like that, one of the best ways to control the temperature is to add liquid. The cowboys had plenty of coffee to hand, so I used that and it ended up adding to the wonderfully unique flavour.



Ask your butcher to trim and slice your brisket for you. If you're doing it yourself, carefully trim the meat by discarding any fat or silver skin. Cut the meat against, rather than with, the grain into 2.5cm thick pieces.



Make your coffee and, while it's hot, soak the dried chillies in it for a few minutes to let them rehydrate. Meanwhile, put your largest casserole type pan on a low heat and add a few lugs of olive oil, the cumin, paprika, oregano, bay leaves and onions.



Fry for 10 minutes, until the onions have softened. Deseed and chop half your fresh chillies. Slice up the rehydrated chillies and add them to the onion mixture along with the chopped fresh chilli, the cinnamon sticks, sliced garlic, a good pinch of salt and pepper and a splash of the chilli-infused coffee. Stir, then add the rest of the coffee, the tinned tomatoes and the molasses or sugar. Add the pieces of brisket and another good pinch of salt and pepper, cover with a lid and simmer for around 3 hours, stirring occasionally.



After a few hours use 2 forks or a potato masher to break the meat up and pull it apart. Once you've done this, add the sliced peppers and tinned beans and leave to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes with the lid off until the meat is completely falling apart and delicious. Have a taste and season well – if you require a bit more heat (like I would), this is the time to deseed and chop the rest of your fresh chilli and stir it in. Dollop a big spoonful of soured cream over the chilli if you fancy it, and serve straight from the pan, with fluffy rice, flatbreads or potatoes and a really nice fresh lemony green salad. Don't forget multiple cold beers! Enjoy.

Nutritional Information

Chilli con Jamie

Cowboy style with real attitude

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This chilli con carne uses brisket to give amazing texture and wonderful depth of flavour, plus there’s a secret special ingredient, coffee!
Serves 10-12
4h 10m
Super easy
Method



Everyone should know how to make a really good chilli, and this one's a right cracker. I've been working on it for a while, and cowboy-land helped me pull it together. The cut of meat is really affordable and delicious, and gives the chilli a gorgeous texture, similar to a beef stew. I wanted to make sure this had real attitude, so I achieved a brilliant depth of flavour by mixing dried chillies with fresh ones and adding fresh herbs. I made this the cowboy way, over a fire, and when you're cooking like that, one of the best ways to control the temperature is to add liquid. The cowboys had plenty of coffee to hand, so I used that and it ended up adding to the wonderfully unique flavour.

Ask your butcher to trim and slice your brisket for you. If you're doing it yourself, carefully trim the meat by discarding any fat or silver skin. Cut the meat against, rather than with, the grain into 2.5cm thick pieces.

Make your coffee and, while it's hot, soak the dried chillies in it for a few minutes to let them rehydrate. Meanwhile, put your largest casserole type pan on a low heat and add a few lugs of olive oil, the cumin, paprika, oregano, bay leaves and onions.

Fry for 10 minutes, until the onions have softened. Deseed and chop half your fresh chillies. Slice up the rehydrated chillies and add them to the onion mixture along with the chopped fresh chilli, the cinnamon sticks, sliced garlic, a good pinch of salt and pepper and a splash of the chilli-infused coffee. Stir, then add the rest of the coffee, the tinned tomatoes and the molasses or sugar. Add the pieces of brisket and another good pinch of salt and pepper, cover with a lid and simmer for around 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

After a few hours use 2 forks or a potato masher to break the meat up and pull it apart. Once you've done this, add the sliced peppers and tinned beans and leave to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes with the lid off until the meat is completely falling apart and delicious. Have a taste and season well – if you require a bit more heat (like I would), this is the time to deseed and chop the rest of your fresh chilli and stir it in. Dollop a big spoonful of soured cream over the chilli if you fancy it, and serve straight from the pan, with fluffy rice, flatbreads or potatoes and a really nice fresh lemony green salad. Don't forget multiple cold beers! Enjoy.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 426
    21%
  • Carbs 26.7g
    10%
  • Sugar 13.8g 15%
  • Fat 13.1g 19%
  • Saturates 5.1g 26%
  • Protein 50.5g 112%
Of an adult's reference intake

BUYING SUSTAINABLY SOURCED FISH

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Buying sustainably sourced fish means buying fish that has been caught without endangering the levels of fish stocks and with the protection of the environment in mind. Wild fish caught in areas where stocks are plentiful are sustainably sourced, as are farmed fish that are reared on farms proven to cause no harm to surrounding seas and shores.

When buying either wild or farmed fish, ask whether it is sustainably sourced. If you're unable to obtain this information, don't be afraid to shop elsewhere – only by shopping sustainably can we be sure that the fantastic selection of fish we enjoy today will be around for future generations.

For further information about sustainably sourced fish, please refer to the useful links below:

Marine Stewardship Council
http://www.msc.org/

Fish Online
http://www.fishonline.org

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