Central American Chilli Beef with Capsicum, Coriander, Avocado and Chocolate.

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  1. scon

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    Central American Chilli Beef with Capsicum, Coriander, Avocado and Chocolate.


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    This recipe is ruthlessley plagarised from the book "Slow Cooking" by Joanne Glynn... it's a pretty decent cookbook, check it out.

    275g kidney beans
    3 tbsp Olive oil
    2 onions
    2 garlic cloves
    4 hot green chillis
    110g field mushies
    800g chuck steak cubed
    2 tsp ground cumin
    1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    1 tsp caster sugar (any sugar will do)
    2 bay leaves
    2 cans chopped tomatoes
    200ml beef stock
    1 red capsicum diced
    the leaves from a bunch of coriander
    25g dark chocolate (something like the lindt 85%)
    1 medium firm, ripe avocado
    1/2 red onion chopped
    250g sour cream

    If beans are dried beans (better) soak overnight, if using a can, use a full can, but drain the beans and rinse them.

    Heat half oil in pan, add onion, cook till translucent. Add garlic chillies, mushies, cook for another 5 mins. Transfer to a plate. Add remainder of the oil to the pan, when hot, brown beef in two batches.

    Return onion to pan with the beef and add cumin, cinnamon, sugar bay leaves, tomatoes, stockand beans. Stir and bring to simmer, leave for one hour. Add capsicum and leave for another half hour, stir every now and then.

    Stir in most of the coriander and all the chocolate, season with salt and extra chilli if you like it hot.

    Chop avocadeo and mix with red onion and remaining coriander. Top the dish with a spoon of sour cream and a spoon of the avocado mixture. Eat... yum!
     
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    Mmmm. That'll go great in me gut. Thanks. :D
     
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    Sounds damn tasty!!
     
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    I'm bookmarking this one. Thanks for that dude, I'll let ya know how it goes. It sounds tops! :)
     
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    How many servings does it make?
     
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    Four to Six... if it's four, they're huge servings. If i had salad and stuff, it'd easily do six.
     
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    I made this tonight. Gave myself a terrible fright after mixing in the chocolate as it gave off a frightful chocolate aroma. I wasn't looking forward to chocolate flavoured beef. :sick: However the tasting was much different. The chocolate flavour was subtle and matched the rest of the flavours wonderfully. Only thing I'd change is to maybe add another chilli. Mine wasn't very hot at all.

    No it was the nicest recipe I've made in ages. Thanks heaps for that scon! :D
     
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    arghh!!! I want to be at home so I can make this right now. :lol: Sounds awesome. Never had American chilli before.
     
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    Chilli is great, when i was in America last year you couldn't beat home made chilli on a cold Colorado winter night :D I might give this a go, although im not to sure about the choc :confused:
     
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    The choc adds to the flavour without it being able to be detected easily. But would taste different without it. Put it in, be adventurous!
     
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    Yeah, seconded, the chocolate really binds the flavours together. You wont notice it a whole lot when you serve it, but it really adds particularly to the aroma of the final dish... wouldn't be the same without the choc.
     
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    Just went a got all the ingredients today, i will be making this tonight. Just a few questions, this is my first time using a slow cooker, how did you 'slow cook' it?

    You talked about adding the meat and everything to the pan, is the pan the slow cooker? where and when do i implement the slow cooker?

    Thanks. I also opted for the 70% coco lindt as i didn't want such a strong flavor we will see how it goes.

    Matt.
     
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    Ok just finished this, i really like this dish, would be fantastic on a cold winters night it has a nice warmth of flavor to it and the touch of spice adds to the overall warmth of the dish, although i feel it needs some salt this is an otherwise great dish, try it yourself :thumbup:

    Matt.
     
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    Glad it turned out well! :) :thumbup:
     
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    And thank you for your help :thumbup: Ill have to go back instore to find a manual for my slow cooker :D

    Matt.
     
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    Yep, you dont neccesarily need a slow cooker to slow cook food. Just bung it on the lowest heat on the stove for a couple hours or even chuck it in the oven at 150C or 160C.
     
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    Thats how i cook my beef or chicken stroganoff. Always ends well:D
     
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    I made this on the weekend with Kangaroo instead of beef. I used 2 home-smoked chipotle's and 2 orange cayenne. I was making it for newbs so kept the temp right down, not like last time when I used Hab's :D

    Turned out really really well with the kanga. I slow cooked it for around 8 hours in total.
     
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    I have been meaning to make this recipe for a while, drooling over it in fact. Finally got around to it a couple of nights ago. it was AWESOME

    cheers :thumbup:
     
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    Just finished one of these off.

    I really enjoyed it, the chocolate is an absolute must! Easy to make too, prepare everything, then sit around and the meal cooks itself.

    Will cook again.
     

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