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Chilli Con Carne

Chilli Con Carne

The classic chilli con carne is something the whole family can enjoy, even your weaning baby! Hearty and flavoursome, this recipe can be spiced up or down to suit your needs.
Don't let the 'chilli' in the name put you off; I advise adding chilli powder as a first taste and then moving onto chillies when you think your child is ready to accept it a little spicier. You will be surprised just how much children love spices!
This chilli con carne recipe is also one of my favourite recipes to batch cook. I like to portion mine into adult and child size portions, that way I know I have defrosted exactly what I need.

Cook time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Makes: 8 adult portions

2 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
2 large carrots, finely chopped
2 celery sticks, finely chopped
1kg quality minced beef
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
1 tsp mild chilli powder
2 heaped tsp paprika
2 red pepper, chopped
2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
2 x 400g tins  kidney beans, drained
500ml low salt beef stock

  1. Heat the olive oil in your largest pan. Add all the chopped vegetables and cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.
  2. Add in the meat, garlic, chilli, paprika and peppers. Cook together for 5 minutes.
  3. Add in the tomatoes, kidney beans and stock. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Cook for 1 hour, with the lid on, stirring occasionally. 
  5. Serve straight away with rice, or allow to cool and freeze for future use.
  6. For a baby not able to texture, blend the chilli con carne to the desired consistency. For more texture, mash and offer with some rice or potato. 
Serving suggestions: Rice, some crusty bread or over a jacket potato. Better still, let your child decide on the accompaniment. My kids love jacket potatoes so they can fill themselves and make sure to add some cheese.
Further tips
  • I like to use kidney beans that are in water rather then salt. I use Epicure but there are others available on the market.
  • For batch cooking, it is best to use a processor to chop your vegetables. It saves so much time and for kids who are not big fans of large chunks of onions it works a treat. Be sure to chop your vegetables first and then pulse until the vegetables are chopped making sure it does not turn to mush. Peppers do not work as well so make sure to chop as much as you can before you place it in the processor and again pulse a few times.

Weaning and Storage
6-7 months (2oz) - Smooth and slightly thicker puree, no lumps
7-8 months (3oz) - Thicker puree with increased texture
8-9 months (4oz) - Minced and mashed with soft lumps.
9-12 months (6oz) - Minced and finely chopped.

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