Monday, August 12, 2013

Recipe: Chilli con Carne with Creamy crushed new potatoes

This is one of my favourite chilli recipes, as well as one of my favourite potato dishes too! Sounds really weird to mash up new potatoes with yoghurt, but trust me, it is absolutely delicious. Must be much healthier than the normal buttery mashed potato I make too! Bit of a lazy chilli recipe i suppose, what with using pre-made sauces/ tins for things, but you end up with such a nice flavour at the end of it, without having to use a whole cupboard full of expensive spices. I crumbled up burgers for this recipe, simply because they were good quality burgers from the Co-op that were reduced in price substantially, so thought i'd give it a go- works a treat in a chilli it turns out!!

Chilli con carne with creamy crushed new potatoes (serves 4)

1 tbsp olive oil
1 small red onion, diced
4 beef burgers (weighing around 450g in total), crumbled
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 green chilli, finely chopped
Large handful fresh coriander, chopped
1 tbsp tomato puree
½ tsp smoked paprika
½ red pepper
½ yellow pepper
300g tomato and chilli pasta sauce
1 tin kidney beans in chilli sauce
500ml chicken stock
2 cubes chocolate
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Salt, sugar and pepper to taste

750g sliced new potatoes
300g Greek yoghurt
15g chopped chives (plus a little extra for garnish)
Plenty of salt and pepper to taste

1. Fry the onion, beef, garlic, chilli, coriander and tomato puree for 10 minutes, or until the beef has been browned. Add the peppers and smoked paprika and fry for a further 2 minutes.
2. Add all the other ingredients, and cook on a medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 40 minutes. Meanwhile, boil the sliced new potatoes for about 25 minutes, or until soft but not falling apart.
3. Drain the new potatoes, mash together with the Greek yoghurt and chives, and season well. Season the chilli to taste, and serve this with the crushed new potatoes, with some extra chopped chives garnished on top.

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