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Matthew Tomkinson's campfire chilli and coffee con carne recipe

Matthew Tomkinson's campfire chilli and coffee con carne recipe

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This rich, beefy chilli will make a delicious family meal. It goes well with cooked brown rice or toasted flatbread, but is hearty enough on its own. See method

  • Serves 6
  • 20mins to prepare and 1hr 10mins - 1hr 40mins to cook
  • 355 calories / serving


  • 800g (1½ lb) diced beef
  • 1tbsp dried crushed chillies
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 3 large onions, finely sliced
  • 2tsp cumin seeds, toasted
  • 4tsp mild chilli powder
  • 1tsp muscovado sugar
  • 2tsp smoked paprika
  • 1tsp dried oregano
  • 960ml (1¾ pint) coffee, can use decaffeinated
  • 395g (13oz) red kidney beans in chilli sauce
  • 150ml (5fl oz) half-fat sour cream
  • 1 bunch coriander
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 limes
  • 2 green chillies, optional
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper
If you don't have these beans, you can use any tinned bean in water

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    14g 20%
  • Saturates

    5g 25%
  • Sugars

    12g 13%
  • Salt

    0.8g 13%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 22.9g Protein 37.9g Fibre 6g


  1. Soak the dried chilli flakes in a little hot water for 2 minutes, then drain.
  2. Add the olive oil in a pan placed over a high heat. Once the oil has heated, throw in the diced beef and sear until browned. Remove from the heat and set aside the meat.
  3. In a large pan, add 1tbsp of fresh olive oil and place over a medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the sliced garlic and onions and cook until just starting to brown.
  4. Add the diced beef back to the pan, then add the cumin, oregano, smoked paprika, sugar and chilli powder.
  5. Pour in the coffee and add the soaked chillies to pan, ensuring the beef is well covered. Cover with a lid, then simmer on the lowest heat until the beef begins to fall apart, between 60-90 minutes.
  6. While the chilli simmers, dice the tomatoes and roughly chop the coriander. Chop the green chillies if using, removing the seeds and washing hands thoroughly after handling.
  7. Remove the lid and add the kidney beans. Simmer the chilli until thickened and season with a little salt and pepper.
  8. Serve the cooked chilli into warmed bowls. Spoon in the sour cream, and sprinkle the fresh tomato and coriander as garnish. Add the chopped green chilli if using. Serve with a wedge of lime.

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