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Cheat’s Chilli Con Carne

When I don’t have much time, and that’s pretty much all the time, I like to have a good standby in my head. You know, just in case someone special pops round, like my good lady.
This version of chilli con carne is simple and truly scrumptious.

Take a half pound of lean beef mince
Place in a non stick pan, without oil, and stir until brown.
Add a pinch of sea salt
A twist of black pepper
2 chopped red onions
3 crushed cloves of garlic
A bay leaf
A beef stock cube
A sprinkling of spinach
A can of spicy bean salad
A packet of schwartz chilli con carne mix
And a splosh of wine. I used some cava.

Mix round and add a cup of water.

Let simmer for an hour.

Serve with weight watchers pitta

And a glug or two of Fleurie, Louis Jason 2009. (Swim for an hour and take the dog a walk for half an hour to compensate)

I know, but it’s a Saturday night…

The verdict- 10/10, must have been the dash of cava!


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