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Gordons chilli con carne


  • 1 large onion or 2 banana shallots, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped

  • 1 red chilli deseeded or keep half with seeds if you like it spicy

  • 2 sprigs thyme leaves picked and roughly chopped

  • olive oil for frying

  • 500 g good quality beef mince

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 3 fresh tomatoes or 1 beef tomato, roughly chopped

  • 400 g chopped tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree

  • 200 ml chicken or beef stock

  • 3 tablespoons tomato puree

  • 1 stick cinnamon

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 400 g kidney beans drained and rinsed

  • salt & pepper

  • chive chopped

  • 200 ml sour cream

  • boiled rice to serve


  • 1.

    Sweat the onion, garlic, chilli and thyme in 2 tablespoons oil in a large saucepan. At the same time, brown the mince in a separate pan over moderate heat in a little oil.

  • 2.

    Add the dried spices to the onion mixture and cook until they release their aroma. Then stir in the beef and mix well. Add the fresh and tinned tomatoes and leave to cook down a little for about 5 minutes.

  • 3.

    Pour in the chicken or beef stock and stir in tomato puree to taste. Drop the cinnamon and bay leaf in then bring to the boil and leave to simmer.

  • 4.

    Once the sauce is beginning to thicken add the kidney beans and leave to cook for another 5-10 minutes to allow the beans to soak up the flavours. Check for seasoning.

  • 5.

    Mix the chives and soured cream together. To serve, spoon the chilli into the centre of a mound of rice, with the soured cream and chives in a separate bowl on the side.


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Posted by Nathan203Report
Ok i suppose im going to be the only one to say this but this is NOT gordon ramsays recipe !! this is marco pier whites recipe....ive looked through all of gordons recipe books (yes i have them all...Including the F word book) and this recipe is NOT in any...Here is the true gordon ramsays chilli con carne recipe :-

Ingredients :

1 tbsp flour
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp cayenne pepper , dry-fried to toast it
1 tsp cumin seeds
300g braising steak , diced (Gordon uses featherblade; ask your butcher)
2 medium red onions , chopped
3 garlic cloves , chopped
2 red chillies , chopped
1 green chilli , chopped
40ml red wine vinegar
½ bottle pinot noir red wine
1 tbsp tomato purée
½ x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
400ml beef stock
20g 70% chocolate
150g mixed cooked beans such as kidney, black and black-eyed beans

Method :

Mix the flour, paprika, cayenne and cumin seeds. Toss the steak in this mixture - you may find it easier to put the lot in a large, sealed plastic bag and shake it all together.
Heat a little oil in a large pan and fry the steak in batches until it browns all over. Tip onto a plate.
Add a little more oil to the pan, then fry the onions, garlic and chillies until the onions brown. Add the vinegar and bubble to a glaze. Do the same with the red wine. Add the tomato purée and cook for 2 minutes, then add the chopped tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes or until the mixture has reduced by half. Add the stock and beef and cook gently for 1 hour 30 minutes or until the meat is tender. Add the chocolate and beans and heat through the beans. The chocolate will melt into the sauce. Add salt if needed.
Mix the crème fraîche with the coriander and season. Serve with the chilli and mixed wild and basmati rice.

Hope this helps to people who want to try GORDONS real recipe !
Posted by Corrie16Report
Posted by Corrie16Report
Posted by WITCHYPOOReport
was quite nice added a little more spices though
Posted by IRReport
I'll try this to see if it's better than mine!!haha
Posted by nortynibblerReport
Wondering why are there two different amounts of tomato puree? It only mentions using one amount in the method.
Posted by JotyReport
This is a great receipe, very yummy, easy to follow and keeps in the fridge well, can serve next day in a wrap with cheese & salad. You dont need the tonnes of herbs mentioned, I just use oregano and tastes great. And I put a bit of tomatoe paste instead of the 2 bits of puree.
Posted by Report
What a fantastic recipe, it was delicious
Posted by Report
Hello, and thank you that you are willing to part with your recipe. I would greatly appreciate any help you could provide for me in the kitchen.Thank you and yes I would love to have your recipe for Chili Con Carne. Please and Thank you
Posted by RannieReport
I love this recipe, as my stomach doesn't like the too hot dishes, and this has just enough spice for me!!!
It's lovely!!!!!