Today I say “hello” to my slow-cooker-best-friend and a good old recipe for chilli con carne with beans! This is a real lifesaver, set and forget, comforting, fall or winter-perfect dish made with delicious ingredients like turmeric and black garlic, which are full of immune system nurturing qualities. This healthy chilli is made in a slow cooker, which in a week and a bit before the winter holiday celebrations, is a real blessing.
This recipe was brought to you by Balsajo Black Garlic
I know very well that while we juggle everyday tasks topped up with Christmas related craze of planning, researching and shopping to list a few, the cooking of a tasty and nutritious meal is one of the least desired and time consuming activities we want to commit the precious time to. But if you can spare 20 min this weekend you will end up with the most amazing meal, which is satisfying, warming and really healthy in the same time!
Slow cooker chilli con carne with beans and black garlic is the best proof that “the best things come to those who can wait”. But the best thing about this recipe is that you don’t have to wait around and hover over the pot, stirring and wondering. Chilli and a slow cooker are totally meant for each other. In slow-cooker we trust!
What’s so special about this Chilli Con Carne with Beans
Two of the most popular versions of chilli con carne out there belong to Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson. Jamie’s twist is in the addition of sun dried tomatoes and Nigela’s in cardamom pods. Mine… well, my boyfriend’s and mine is in turmeric and black garlic.
Turmeric is an absolute hero in the world of spices and not only for it’s great flavour, which we enjoy mostly in currys (I also absolutely love this Turmeric Basil Detox Tea!) Turmeric protects your heart and brain, fights cancer, and has amazing anti inflammatory properties. It is also associated with preventing Alzhimer disease and helps fights depression!
On top of that, just like black garlic, it is absolutely packed with antioxidants. Now, this is more than enough to convince me to never forget to add it to my chilli! But I can’t really claim this genius idea – it was my boyfriend who introduced me to his chilli recipe secret. Thanks hun x
My cherry on the top is the curious black garlic! I can’t get enough of it and test it in all sorts of classic dishes, because of its amazing versatility and fabulous flavour. It works so well in this one too! Next to turmeric black garlic really boosts the flavour of chilli con carne with beans by adding the luxurious depth, which takes it to great new heights. Fantastic duet!
Go on and make a nice big batch of the best chilli ever! You just couldn’t find an easier, taster and healthier dish to offer to your family to dip into at this super busy time of year.
- 2 celery sticks, chopped
- 2 medium size yellow onions, chopped
- Good splash of olive oil
- 4 large raw garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 tablespoon of quality red chilli powder, adjust the amount to your heat tolerance
- 1 whole red chilli, deseeded & finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons ground turmeric
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 2 lbs chunks or ground beef
- 1 can chopped tomatoes (400g/14oz)
- 2 cans red kidney beans (2 x 400g/14oz)
- 1 large green red or green bell pepper, chopped
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 50g Balsajo Black Garlic cloves, sliced thinly & more to serve
- 150 ml beef stock
- 200ml - 250 ml dry red wine
- 100g dark chocolate or 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
- cheddar cheese, scallions, sour cream
- In a large, wide pan cook onions and celery in oil until softened, about 15 minutes. Stir in raw garlic, chili powder, fresh chilli, turmeric, cumin, coriander and allow to toast gently until you can smell the aroma of the spices (about 2 minutes).
- Turn the heat up, add beef to the pan and cook it until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer everything to your slow cooker. Add pepper, tomatoes, beans, stock and any optional ingredients like cocoa powder or chocolate. Cook for 7h on low heat setting OR 4h on high. In the last 40 min, turn heat up to high and add finely chopped black garlic and wine.
- Serve with crusty bread or rice, with some sour cream, grated cheddar or scallions.