This week’s I Heart Cooking Clubs theme is One Pot Wonders. What a perfect time to have such a theme given I had to work all weekend (hence the lateness of my post). I bought Nigella Express recently, which is great cookbook. We’ve been having some very unseasonably cool weather here in Kansas, so I decided to make Nigella’s Quick Chili from Nigella Express. I love making chili when the weather is cool. Her version was a bit different than I’m used to. It didn’t contain any chili powder, but it did contain several spices, including cinnamon and cardamom, which I’ve never used in chili. I did deviate from her recipe a bit by adding an onion and garlic, which I think are essential components of chili. I made it last night, refrigerated it, and had my husband heat it up while I was at work. It was delicious! It was great to come home from work to an already prepared meal.
Quick Chili (Courtesy of Nigella Express)
- 5 oz chorizo sausage (not the hard salami sort of sausage), halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch half-moons (I used ground chorizo, as it was all I had access to at the time.)
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 t ground cumin
- 1/2 t ground coriander
- 1/2 t ground cinnamon
- 3 cardamom pods, bruised (I used about 1/2 t ground cardamom instead.)
- 2 c good-quality tomato and chunky vegetable sauce for pasta (I used diced tomatoes.)
- 1 14-oz can mixed spicy beans
- 1/4 c sweet chile sauce
- 1/4 t chile flakes, optional
- Put the chorizo into a hot pan and cook over medium heat until the sausage crisps a little and gives up its orange-red oil.
- Add the ground beef and cook for about 5 minutes, breaking it up with a wooden fork to help it brown (at this point, I added the chopped onion and garlic and cooked until opaque).
- Stir in the spices and then add the tomato-vegetable pasta sauce, beans, and chile sauce. Also add the chile flakes if you need more heat.
- Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes and eat with rice or just as it is. If you’re not adding any rice, you might consider dolloping with a blob of sour cream and sprinkling some grated cheese and chopped cilantro. I can’t think of any way of eating this that isn’t good.