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February 22, 2013

Chilli Con Carne Soup

Chili Con Carne Soup ~ the Ultimate comfort food with a bite ! #Soup #ChiliConCarne #ChiliSoup

A Few days ago I was paging through one of my recipe books and my eye caught this recipe.  Seeing as it is still Summer in South-Africa, it was not really what I was looking for, but it stuck in my head for a couple of days.

I am not one to stick to seasonal dishes, if I am in the mood for soup on a hot day, then that's what we'll have, or in the middle of Winter I might be in the mood for a cold beefed up salad.

Anyhow, what drew me to this particular recipe was the use of chocolate or cocoa.  The addition of chocolate gives it a rich and very flavorsome taste.

Of course, when I mentioned the chocolate part to Roy, his reaction was more on his face than his words! I could see he wasn't looking forward to this meal. But ha!  All of them loved it {but after seeing Roy's face, I thought it better not to mention the cocoa, which I used, to the boys until afterwards...}

Chilli Con Carne Soup



{slightly adapted by me from the recipe book LEKKER VINNIGE ETES}

2 Onions, chopped
4 t Garlic, crushed
2 TB Oil
500g Ground Lean Beef {Mince}
2 x cans (400g each) Red Kidney Beans, drained & rinsed
2 x cans (400g each) Mexican style Chopped Tomatoes
1 liter Beefstock
1 t Crushed Dried Chillies  {or 2-3 fresh chopped chillies}
Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
6 cubes of dark Chocolate or 2 TB Cocoa Powder dissolved in 2 TB hot water


1.) Saute the Onion and Garlic in the Oil, using a large pot, until soft - add the Ground Beef and stir-fry until loose and cooked.
2.) Add the Red Kidney Beans, Tomatoes, Beefstock and Chillies - simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.
3.) Season with Salt & Pepper to taste {careful - the Beefstock is already salty} and add the chocolate or cocoa - simmer a further 15 minutes.


I served this soup with a freshly baked Herb & Cheese {mix-'n-bake} bread which you can find HERE

Hope you enjoy!

17 comments:

  1. I love - I mean love - chili :) This looks like a great variation - pinned to try!

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  2. Stopping by from Week-end Potluck~ This recipe looks great! Can't wait to try it! Stop by for a visit sometime:) Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines, now following on GFC~

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  4. I've been wanting to try chocolate in soup. I haven't been brave enough. I may just try it this time! Pinning!

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  5. I hope you share this tomorrow, TX is the state and chili is their dish (hint, hint)
    Looks delicious!
    xoxo
    Wanda Ann @ http://www.memoriesbythemile.com

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  6. It is so chilly outside. This is perfect.

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  7. This looks absolutely scrumptious!

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  8. Linda - chocolate - who would have thought! Thanks for linking in to Food on Friday. Cheers

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  9. Linda,
    Thank you again for sharing your chili at Memories by the Mile. I featured you today. Can't wait to see what you bring next Tuesday.
    xoxo
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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  10. Perfect for the cold weather! We'd love for you to link this up at our party! http://www.housewivesofriverton.com/2013/02/riverton-housewives-round-up-54.html

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  11. Yum! THis looks perfect for my New England Winter (especially this one!) I love a good bowl of hearty soup and this looks fantastic! Would love for you to come visit my blog....I'm your newest follower! Will be back soon!
    Jess
    www.barefootbysea.blogspot.com

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  12. Your Chili would taste so good on this cold winter day, really warm us up. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  13. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Take care, Linda

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  14. I love to use cocoa powder in recipes. It gives it such depth of flavor. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

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