Tuesday, 31 July 2012


This dish is an absolute winner for a day of comfort eating. The original idea for this recipe is inspired by a recipe my fiancé Simon learnt on one of the, 'Kitchen In The Castle' cookery courses, a few years back. I have no idea where the recipe disappeared to, so I did my very best to recreate how I thought it was made!

I made this a few weekends ago for friends and it really went down a treat. The best part about it is that you can have it prepared well ahead of time and leave it stewing away in the oven until your guests arrive. Joy!


180g chorizo, cut into bite sized pieces
2 large onions, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 red chillies, finely chopped
2 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp cinnamon
1kg stewing beef, cut into cubes
2 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
350ml beef stock
salt & pepper
60g dark chocolate

1. Preheat the oven to 130C Fan/150C conventional.

2. Season the beef with salt and pepper and toss in the flour until lightly coated.

3. Heat the casserole pot on the hob at high heat, then brown the meat in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pot and the beef can brown properly. Remove from the pot and set aside.

4. Add the chorizo and cook for a few minutes until some of the oils release and the chorizo starts to crisp on the outside.

5. Remove the chorizo from the pan with a slotted spoon and leave to the side.

6. Add the chopped onions to the chorizo oil and allow to sweat for a few minutes over a medium heat.

7. Then add the garlic, chilli, and spices and continue to cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer this mixture to a bowl and leave to the side.

8. Return the beef and chorizo to the pot and then add the remaining ingredients.

9. Cover and place in the oven for 2-3 hours. The meat should almost fall apart when it is ready.

10. Serve with some creamy mash or basmati rice.


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  2. Looks gorgeous perfect for this cold January day...yum!

    1. I think I might even make this tonight - its sooo cold today and in need of cosy food!!