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Chili con Jamie – Jamie Oliver’s chili con carne

Homemade chili con carne with coffee, chipotle and brisket

Another recipe is now done in me Jamie Oliver domestic project. I really love this project. Its quite a long process but its great its also great motivation. And the book, Jamie’s America, has so many great recipes, so it’s just a joy to work through.

Last night I cooked Chili con Jamie as its called. The recipe says to use beef brisket instead of minced beef. The meat just melts and falls a apart when you let the dish simmer for a few hours.

The dish did turn out quite bitter, which we didn’t really like. It must have been the coffee, so next time I’ll use a bit less, or not as strong coffee. And perhaps use more tomato and a tablespoon more of sugar.

It was however still full of wonderful and rich flavor and the meat was tender and yummy just like I like it.

Here’s the recipe as I cooked it last night;

Ingredients for Chili con carne

1kg beef brisket, trimmed and sliced into 2.5cm thick pieces

250 ml hot coffee

2 large dried chilies (I used marinated chipotle)

olive oil

1 heaped tablespoon of smoked paprika

1 heaped teaspoon dried oregano

1 bay leaves

2 onions, peeled and diced

2 fresh chilies

1 cinnamon sticks

5 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced

salt and pepper

2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes

2 tablespoons of sugar

2 bell peppers (sliced)

1 can of beans, drained (I used kidney beans)

Creme fraiche to serve

Rice to serve

Chili con carne jamie oliver


Make the coffee and while it’s hot, soak the dried chillies in it for a few minutes.. Meanwhile, put your largest sauté pan on a low heat and add olive oil, the cumin, paprika, oregano, bay leaves and onions. Fry for 10 mins, until the onions have softened.

Deseed and chop half your fresh chillies. Slice up the rehydrated chillies and add them to the onion mixture along with the salt and pepper and a splash of the chilli-infused coffee. Stir, then add the rest of the coffee, the tinned tomatoes and the sugar. Add the pieces of meat and another good pinch of salt and pepepr, cover with lid and simmer for around 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

After about 2 and a half hours add the bell peppers, tinned beans and leave to simmer, stirring occasionally for 30 mins with the lid off until the meat is completely falling apart. Have a taste and season well if needed and add the rest of the fresh chillies.

Serve with rice and a dollop of creme fraiche.

Jamie Oliver's Chili con Jamie Homemade


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