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I picked this book up in my local Asda the other day for the great price of £3.  It does exactly what it says on the front and gives you 50 meals that can be made using mince that has been made up into a basic mince mix.

The basic mix to serve 4-6 people is:

1kg of fresh beef mince

1 Onion finely chopped

1 garlic clove finely chopped

Salt and Pepper

All of the meals are then based around this basic mix.  I decided to make the Chili from here last night.

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The recipe was for 6 so I adapted it slightly and made enough for 4 meals.  I also adapted it slightly to make it slimming world friendly by substituting the corn oil for fry-light.

Chilli Con Carne

2tbsp corn oil

2 onions thinly sliced

2 garlic gloves finely chopped

650g fresh beef mince

200g canned chopped tomatoes

5tbsp tomato puree

1tsp ground cumin

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tbsp chilli powder (I used mild)

1 tsp dried oregano

350ml Beef stock

400g canned red kidney beans, drained and rinsed.

Heat the oil in the pan, add the onions and garlic and cook on a low heat, stirring occasionally for around 5 minutes. Add the beef, increase the heat and cook for 8-10 minutes or until browned.

Stir in the tomatoes, tomato puree, cumin, cayenne pepper, chilli powder, oregano and stock, season to taste with salt and bring to the boil, reduce and simmer for 1 hour.

Add the kidney beans, re-cover and simmer for further 30 mins.

To be honest with you I didn’t have it on for an hour and a half as it was an after work dinner I made it within about 45 minutes and served it with slimming world friendly wedges coated in garlic and paprika.

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It went down a storm in our house, not too spicy which pleased the husband no end.  If anyone is around Asda I would recommend picking up this little book, sure you can’t go wrong with £3 as long as you like mince!

Claire xx

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