Mexican chilli beef recipe

Mexican _chilli _recipe

Serves 6

This has to be one of our favourite ways to feed the family when we all get together. The Mexicans certainly know how to feast and this dish certainly adds 'spice' to an evening. We had a bumper crop of chillis this year and it was so satisfying being able to go to the garden and harvest large, beautiful green and red chillis for this recipe. The seeds were removed from the chillis for the cooking process but the last one was sliced, seeds and all, for the final punch.

The chocolate added at the end is sheer indulgence and it's even better if you can source Mexican dark chocolate.


  • 3 Tbsp rice bran oil
  • 2 large onions, peeled and diced
  • 4 - 5 green chillis, seeds removed and diced
  • 250g button mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 300g tin red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 Tbsp Tio Pablo – Mayon gold seasoning mix (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp rice bran oil
  • 1500g beef topside steak, cut into chunks
  • 2 tins crushed mexican-style tomatoes
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 red capsicum, seeds removed and chopped
  • 75g dark, bitter chocolate
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • 1 avocado, stone removed and chopped
  • 1 handful fresh coriander
  • 250g sour cream


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and gently saute the onions until translucent, approx 10 minutes.
  2. Add the chillies and mushrooms and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle on the seasoning mix and stir to combine.
  4. Remove the onion mixture and set aside.
  5. Add another 3 Tbsp of oil to the pan and over medium to high heat brown the meat in batches.
  6. Set aside.
  7. Return the onion mixture and meat to the pan then add the tomatoes,cumin, cinnamon and beans.
  8. Stir together and bring to the boil, reduce heat to a low, cover and simmer gently for 1.5 hours or until the meat is tender.
  9. Just before serving stir through the chocolate, capsicum, chilli and coriander.
  10. Top with chopped avocado and dollops of sour cream.

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