Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Scottish Chili ? Oh Aye

This was going to be my first blog, until I realised it had to be the Burns Supper last week

So Chili...not very Scottish I hear you say, well yes, true.

It is in fact, quite Texan, the home of the Chili Cook Off, where you can sample some of the best Texan Chili ever

So why Chili ?

Well, a Scottish friend of mine named Kim gave me this Chili recipe while we worked together in Scotland years ago, see its Scottish!!!!!

This Chili comes by many names

Kim's Chili (because it was Kim's recipe)
Microwave Chili (because you microwave the whole thing)
Scottish Chili (because I think of it as my Scottish Chili)
Woodrow's Chili (because that's where Kim and I worked when I got this recipe, many of us Woodrow's girls have a copy)

What I love about this recipe is you fling all the ingredients together and microwave it, yes microwave it, for 1 hour.

Do you know what you can do with that hour?

Well this time Sir Scoffs-A-Lot fancied a bounce on his trampoline that Santa brought him, so we got in a bit of fresh air and exercise while the chili cooked, love that.

Or you can sit with your feet up with a nice cup of tea, another favo(u)rite of mine

So you will need

1lb Steak Mince (Ground Beef)
Medium Onion, chopped
Green or Red Bell Pepper, chopped
14oz Can Diced Tomatoes with Herbs
14oz Can Kidney Beans
3 Heaped Tablespoons Tomato Puree
3 tsp Chili Powder
0.5 tsp Cumin
0.5 tsp Salt
0.5 tsp Garlic or 1 Garlic Clove crushed
4floz (100ml) cold water

Steak Mince/Ground Beef

Pepper and Onion
Chili Powder, Cumin Powder, Crush Garlic Clove, Salt
Kidney Beans, Tomatoes, Tomato Paste

optional extras
0.5 tsp Paprika
couple dashes Chili Sauce (Hot Sauce)
Tabasco and Paprika

Mix Mince (ground beef), chopped onion and chopped pepper thoroughly, cook in microwave on high for 8 minutes until beef is brown

Beef, Onion and Red Pepper

Drain excess fat

Chili ingredients added

Then add all other ingredients, mix well and cook in microwave at medium for 1 hour (I only cook for 45 minutes in USA as microwaves are more powerful)

Through out the years I have adapted the recipe, I always use the optional extras and I now use more Chili powder than the recipe states and I sometimes add in a fresh jalapeno or 2 for some extra kick

Doesn't this look super yummy?


Serve with Rice or we usually serve it with a garden salad and crusty bread

Thanks Kim, for the amazing recipe that has been used in this household since 1993, yikes I'm showing my age.

After a brief discussion on Facebook amongst friends about this Chili recipe, Maggie, an ex-Woodrow's girl said she didn't have the recipe

So this one is for you Mags


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