My CCC never tastes the same twice in a row mainly because I never use a recipe. Rather every time I want to make an CCC I start reading recipes. The final result depends very much on where I get my inspiration. Sometimes I will read Heston’s CCC recipe from in search of perfection and be inspired to make something unbelievably complicated or I’ll go with Jamie Oliver’s very simple chili.
I made a particularly good CCC today so I’ve decided to post it here as a reminder and so that poor Jules can be confident that her food tastes as expected.
- 1 tsp crushed dried chili;
- 2 tsp crushed cumin seeds;
- 1 tsp oregano (ideally wild);
- 2 tsp smoked paprika;
- 2 star anise;
- 500 gr minced meat ideally not the low fat version;
- 1 large carrot chopped fine;
- 1 stalk celery chopped fine;
- 2 large onions chopped fine;
- 4 cloves garlic roughly chopped;
- 2 finely chopped jalapeno peppers;
- 2 red peppers cut into 1 cm thick strips;
- 1 liter beef stock;
- A double espresso;
- 2 400 gr tins chopped tomatoes;
- 400 gr kidney beans;
- Dry roast ingredients 1 -4;
- Brown the meat in a very hot pan;
- Soften the onion & celery in the same pan;
- Add carrot and red pepper and let soften a bit;
- Add all the spices, garlic and jalapeno let fry for a minute or so;
- Add the beef and tomato, blend thoroughly;
- Add the espresso and stir it in;
- Add the stock, season to taste;
- Let simmer for up to 2 hours;
- Add beans and let simmer until beans are ready.
- Serve with Crème fraise and grated cheese.
- Couple of squares of bitter 70% chocolate;
- Add the red pepper when there is ½ hour left of the cooking time so that they retain some texture;
- Chilli Mix (replaces the dry chilli and Jalapeno above):
- Chipotle Morita - 3/5 hot, a smoke-dried jalapeño;
- Habaneros - 5/5 hot, this is the source of the spicy background heat;
- Guajillo - 2/5 hot, slightly sweet out in front taste;
- Mulato - 1/5, chocolaty, licoricy taste;
- Ancho (poblano) Chilli - 1/5, Similar to Mulato not sure I really need both;
- Cascabel - 2/5, toasty, nutty flavour.