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Tuesday 21 May 2013

Sluttishly Savoury: Steak and Smoky Chorizo Chilli

Like a lot of good recipes, this chilli started out as a bit of an experiment. What would happen if I mixed chorizo sausage into a beef chilli? Brilliant things happen, that's what. Smoky and spicy things. Tasty things that will send you into a fabulous food coma. I've tried it with minced beef as well as diced steak and it really needs the latter. The ingredients list looks pretty long, but you'll probably have most of them in the cupboard already. This is the perfect meal if you're under the weather and considering hibernating for the rest of May.

Steak and smokey chorizo chilli (serves four)
You'll need
  • 1kg diced steak (actually I used a little over, Sainsbury's use strange weights for their meat).
  • 1 red onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 chorizo sausage, yep you need all of it.
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp hot paprika
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tin red kidney beans (if you can find beans in chilli sauce, get them)
  • Coriander, to garnish. Maybe sour cream too, if you remembered to buy any.
Make it!
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4.
  2. Season and brown the stewing steak in a pan with the onions and garlic.
  3. Pop in a casserole dish and mix with the chillies, chorizo, pepper, tomatoes and spices.
  4. Leave in the oven for about an hour. Go and watch a surprisingly watchable film starring Channing Tatum.
  5. Give everything a bit of a stir and add the kidney beans.
  6. You might need to add a little more spice around now, test things, play about, find out. Bear in mind that your dinner is going back in the oven for another hour so don't do too crazy with the chillies - that will develop. If you can feel a warming tingling aftertaste, you're onto a winner.
  7. Pop back in the oven for another hour.
  8. Serve with rice, tortilla chips and the rest of a surprisingly good film starring Channing Tatum.


  1. Yummy...what was the surprisingly good film starring Channing Tatum?!

  2. This looks amazing! I'm assuming you add the chorizo at step 3?

    1. You do! Whoops, I'll amend. Otherwise everyone will miss out the most exciting part. Thanks, anon. x

  3. Could you do this in the slow cooker? if so, what kind of time scales would you recommend?

  4. Could you make this in a slow cooker? If so, how long would you recommend? (hoping i can let this cook throughout the day!)

    1. You certainly could - I nearly did the other day! There's no reason why it wouldn't work on all settings - I tend too do 8 hours for low, 5-6 on medium and 4 on high. Don't put the beans in until halfway through, they'll fall apart otherwise.


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