Chilli, chocolate and cinnamon beef

Chilli, chocolate and cinnamon beef


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About this recipe: Chilli, chocolate and cinnamon - very strong and warming combination, going on extremely well with braised beef. Served with crushed potatoes - simply delicious!!!

peedia Lancashire, England, UK

Serves: 6 

  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 150g bacon, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 fresh chilli peppers, chopped
  • 1.5kg beef (ideally braising steak)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 600ml beef stock
  • 1 (400g) tin peeled chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 50g plain chocolate

Prep:25min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Ready in:1hr55min 

  1. Preheat oven to 160 C / Gas 2 1/2. Heat oil in the pan, cook onion and bacon, add garlic and chilli pepper and cook for another couple of minutes. Move into a large casserole pot.
  2. Dice the beef, coat with flour and cook until brown. Add more oil if necessary. Move into a casserole pot.
  3. Stir stock into a pan, simmer for a minute and add to the pot together with tomatoes, sugar, cinnamon stick and chilli powder. Bring to boil.
  4. Move into the preheated oven and braise for 1 1/2 hours until soft.
  5. Remove from the oven, stir in the chocolate, let it melt and serve with rice or crushed or mashed potatoes. Lovely!

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Reviews (3)


This went down an absolute treat with a gang of hungry hikers! Rich and delicious - even my two year old liked it. (I used a handful of dried red chili flakes rather than two fresh chilies, due to toddler- and mum-in-law palette!) Served it with soft rolls, corn on the cob and peach cobbler... Am planning to make it again for a staff BBQ over the Aug bank holiday. :-) - 19 Aug 2013


Only thing I added was some kidney beans a little time before end of cooking - absolutely delicious! - 20 Apr 2013


A+ - 14 Jan 2011

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