Saturday, 29 June 2013

Cowboy Chilli


I can't help it, anything with cowboy in the title just makes me want to saddle up my horse and strap on my chaps.

Cowboy Chilli
adapted from Food Network
Serves 4-6

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
6 slices bacon, chopped
500g ground beef (I used ground chuck)
2 desiree potatoes, peeled and cut into small dice
1 large onion, roughly chopped
1 red capsicum, roughly chopped
1 green chilli, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons chilli powder
1 large fresh bay leaf
Sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
1 stubby of beer (about 335ml - 375ml)
2 cups beef stock
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 x 400g can baked beans in BBQ sauce
1 x 400g can crushed tomatoes

Coriander leaves, sliced avocado, lime wedges, shredded cheese, thinly sliced spring onions, sour cream and hot sauce for topping.

Put the onion, capsicum, chilli, carrot and garlic into a food processor and blitz to a fine mush. 

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large frying pan oven over medium-high heat. Add the bacon, cook until browned, and remove with slotted spoon. Add the beef, brown well, and then add the potatoes, the vegetable mush, chilli powder, and bay leaf. Season the mixture liberally with salt and pepper, and cook 10 minutes more, stirring frequently.

Add the beer and stir about 2 minutes, or until the beer almost cooks out completely. Stir in the stock,  Worcestershire sauce, baked beans, cooked bacon and crushed tomatoes cook until thicken to desired consistency, about 20 to 45 minutes, depending on how thick you like your chilli, over a steady simmer.

Serve in big bowls with all your favourite toppings.


  1. When I walk down the baked beans isle of the supermarket and see the baked beans in BBQ sauce, I think to myself "they really don't seem appetising". In this dish however, I'm willing to give them a go!
    P.s your salted chocolate caramel tarts look gorgeous! I think I might have to give them a go.

  2. This is a great camp fire recipe. And afterward you can ride off into the sunset.

  3. Ouh la la!! The boys of the house would be amazed in front of a bowl of this chili :) It looks really delicious and full of flavours!

  4. This looks SO wonderful. It's only 8:30 in the morning but I would love some of this now!

  5. Oh boy, I'd love a plate of this gorgeous looking dish right now as it's super cold and I'm sitting under a mountain of blankets.

    Also, even though I'm not a huge bacon fan, that pan of bacon looks amazing!

  6. Hey Sam. If you're not into baked beans, you could use your favourite canned beans(red kidney, borlotti, black beans) and some smoky BBQ sauce. Those salted chocolate caramel tarts were very popular - let me know how you go if you make them.

  7. Hehe Patty - thanks for jumping into the deep end with me.

  8. This really is boy food, never mind the cows.

  9. Thanks so much Dan - it could be the breakfast of champions.

  10. Thanks Emma. This is very warming food - the food equivalent of a doona.

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