Sunday, April 27, 2014

Recipe: Smoky Chipotle Beef

The "Chipotle" is a smoked chilli- actually the dried smoked form of the jalapeño! You can get it in many forms these days, in fact I think even Tabasco does a "chipotle" flavoured Tabasco sauce- but I have used Discovery chipotle paste in this recipe. It gives a very spicy, smoky, sweet flavour to whatever you add it to. If you are a chilli wimp, like me, 25g is just enough heat to handle- but if you enjoy your spicy food (like my boyfriend), feel free to add a chopped red chilli at stage one of the recipe, and 40g of the chipotle paste. That's the thing about spiciness- just like salt and pepper it always needs to be done "to taste".

Smoky Chipotle Beef (serves 2)

25g butter
1 white onion, diced
270g diced stewing beef
1 tbsp chopped rosemary
¼ tsp celery salt
1 tin chopped tomatoes
500ml beef stock
2 tbsp instant chocolate drinking powder
25g chipotle paste
1 tsp cornflour, mixed with a little water
Salt, pepper and sugar to taste

1. Fry the onion, beef, rosemary and celery salt in the butter in a casserole pot, for 12 minutes, stirring often. Add all other ingredients (except cornflour), and cook on a medium heat, stirring occasionally for 1 hour and a half.
2. Add cornflour to the casserole, increase the heat, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often, until sauce has thickened well. Season to taste and serve, with mashed potatoes if desired. 

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