• Serves: 4-6
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cooking Time: 10 mins on the hob + 2 hours in the oven
  • Difficulty: Medium

Inspired by Lisa Faulkner, here’s a hearty and warming recipe that’s perfect for this time of year. Starting with the quick heat of the hob and finished long and slow in the oven, it’ll really get the best out of your cooker and satisfy those cravings for great comfort food.

Using the heat most the Chunky cuts of beef and kidney beans make it filling enough as a simple one pot meal but it’s equally lovely with rice. I find it’s also great for batch cooking on a Sunday afternoon, and makes a quick and easy lunch option during the week when you just can’t face another boring sandwich. The addition of feta cheese serves to cool down the heat, or add a dollop of soured cream for an authentic finish as a different option.


Here's what you'll need...

  • 800g (2 tins) chopped tomatoes
  • 500g chopped braising beef
  • 240g drained red kidney beans
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 cardamom pods (crushed)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic (or 2 garlic cloves)
  • 2 tsp chopped red chillies (or 2 whole chillies, finely chopped)
  • 2 medium red onions
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Feta cheese to garnish
  • Fresh coriander to garnis


  • Beef Chilli Ingredients

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Reminder Set Oven Temp Gas Mark 2 / 150C

Here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Preheat oven to gas mark 2 or 150C.

    Beef Chilli Step 1

  • 2

    On the hob, with medium heat, heat your oil and then add the beef. Once fully browned, remove the beef with a slotted spoon and set aside.

    Beef Chilli Step 2

  • 3

    Using the leftover oil and juices, lower the heat slightly and add onions, stirring frequently until they start to soften, about 2 minutes.

    Beef Chilli Step 3 (1)

  • 4

    Add garlic, chilli and crushed cardamom pods until fragrant, stirring continuously for about 2 minutes.

    Beef Chilli Step 4

  • 5

    Return the beef to the pan and add tomatoes, spices and salt and pepper to taste and mix well.

    Allow to simmer for around a minute or two.
    Beef Chilli Step 7a

  • 6

    Transfer to a heat proof pot, cover and place in the middle shelf of the oven to cook for 2 hours at Gas Mark 2 or until the meat is tender.

    Beef Chilli Step 7b


  • 7

    Add the beans for the final 20 minutes of cooking to heat through.

    Beef Chilli Step 8

  • 8

    Serve with feta cheese and a scatter of coriander as a garnish.


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By Kimberly Duran on 02.11.16

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