by Emma

I love a good chilli con carne, there is something so comforting and satisfying about it. But it wasn’t until my friend served Nigella Lawson’s Quick Chilli as a dish at a house party, that I found my ultimate chilli recipe.

During March I head over to the farm to cook for the busy workers, and I served this up with a cheesy jacket potato one night… it went down an absolute storm. In fact I have never had a dissatisfied customer with this crowd pleaser, and it’s quick and easy to boot. So whether you are whipping it up for a quick, easy and tasty midweek meal, or you are cooking en masse for a large crowd, this is the perfect go to recipe…

Midweek meal recipe, quick chilli, Nigella Lawson, Year of the Yes, www.yearoftheyes.com

Ingredients(serves 4, 5 minutes preparation and 30 minutes cooking)

150g chorizo sausage (cut into half moons)

500g minced beef

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon ground cinamon

3 cardamom pods, bruised

500g jar good quality tomato and chunky vegetable sauce for pasta (I use a tin of tomatoes of passata instead)

390g can mixed spicy beans (I just use normal kidney beans, in which case I add a tbs of medium – hot chilli powder)

60ml sweet chilli sauce


Cook the sliced chorizo over medium heat until crisp and oil has come out of sausage.

Add beef and cook for 5 minutes.

Midweek meal recipe, quick chilli, Nigella Lawson, Year of the Yes, www.yearoftheyes.com

Stir in the spices then add your chosen tomato sauce (tinned tomatoes, passata or pasta sauce), beans and the chilli sauce.

Bring to the boil, turn down heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Midweek meal, Nigella's quick chilli, cooked by Year of the Yes

Excuse the rustic photography, but I just couldn’t wait to share this with you for long enough to re-shoot in a slightly more professional manner (if you can ever call my photography professional).

But I promise you if you give it a whirl, it won’t disappoint.

About the Author

Emma loves sunshine and flip flops, prosecco, chocolatey treats, things that sparkle, trips to the beach, reading and blogging.

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