Dad's Special Chilli Dad's Special Chilli

Dad's Special Chilli

Authentic slow cooked spicy chilli made rich with dark chocolate and tender cubes of braising or stewing beef. Ideal for feeding a hungry family.

prep time
15 mins

cook time
1 hour 30 minutes

6 people

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  • Fibre


  • Protein


  • Salt



  • 450g/1lb lean braising or stewing beef cubes
  • 15-30ml/1-2tbsp sunflower oil
  • 450g/1lb onions, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 5ml/1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 5ml/1tsp ground cumin
  • 5ml/1tsp dried oregano
  • 15ml/1tbsp red chilli flakes
  • 1 small red pepper, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 100g/4oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 x 400g can red kidney beans
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 30ml/2tbsp tomato pureé
  • Dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 100g/4oz good quality plain chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • Freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley, to garnish


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and brown the meat, in batches for 4-5 minutes. Remove and set aside. Transfer to a large heatproof casserole dish and return to hob.
  2. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Stir in the spices and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add to the casserole with the remaining ingredients except the parsley, season and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover and cook for 1½ hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and serve with potato wedges and courgettes.