chilli-con-carne

It’s a quick, easy one pot meal that’s delicious to eat. In this recipe I’ve used lean grass fed beef that I minced myself in the Thermomix.

The avocado and lime cools and refreshes the palate as you eat it – feel free to double the amount of avo per serving.

What I love about this dish is that it also keeps in the fridge for about 3 days so you can take it to work for lunch the next day. It  freezes well too.

What’s good about it: Lean beef and beans are a great source of protein. Whenever the body is growing, repairing or replacing tissue, protein is involved.

Veggies such as carrot, capsicum and tomato add antioxidants to help nourish and boost your immune system.

Avocado contains the antioxidant vitamin E and it’s also a good mono-unsaturated fat that’s acts as an anti-inflammatory which is perfect after a good training session in the gym.

A touch of chilli  can help spike your metabolic rate and stimulate digestion.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 large grated carrot
  • 2 sticks sliced celery
  • 250 g lean mince (beef, chicken, game meat are all great) See notes for vego version
  • 1 red capsicum, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 400 g tomato puree
  • 400 g cooked red kidney or adzuki beans, drained
  • 125 g cherry tomato, halved
  • 100 g baby spinach leaves
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 bunch coriander, chopped
  • 1 lime
  • Chopped red chilli to taste .

 

Method

  • Sauté the finely diced onion, carrot and celery for 3 minutes until softened.
  • Add the spices and mince and cook through for 5 minutes until the mince is browned.
  • Add the capsicum, tomato paste, tomato puree and beans.
  • Pour over 2 cups of water.
  • Simmer over a low – medium heat for 30 minutes until thick.
  • Season with ground pepper and a little salt add cherry tomato.
  • Fold in spinach and coriander just before serving.
  • Spoon into bowls,  top with chilli to taste, avocado and a squeeze of lime.
  • Enjoy by itself or with a side of steamed green vegetables, brown rice or quinoa.

 

Serving suggestions:  Serve alone or over cooked quinoa or brown rice.

NOTES: Vegetarians can use extra beans and lentils in place of the meat. Chopped Tempeh is also a great addition in place of the beef.