Mexican Meatballs in Chilli Con Carne

Serves-4-5
by Tenina Holder

Really delicious family food here. Perfect for the cold nights when you just want to plonk yourself in front of the heater and get stuck into something really hearty and warming.This is all that as well as being easy and so tasty. You're going to love this one.

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Need

  • Meatballs
  • 2 handfuls fresh parsley and/or coriander
  • 1 Kilo minced beef/hamburger
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp Pink Salt Flakes BUY
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) to fry meatballs BUY
  • Chilli Con Carne
  • 1 onion, halved
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 long red chillies (deseeded if you wish)
  • 1 red capsicum, deseeded and quartered
  • 40 g Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) BUY
  • 400 g ripe tomatoes, halved
  • 70 g tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp Umami Paste (optional) Recipe
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 medium zucchini, quartered lengthways then sliced 1cm thick
  • 2 tins mixed beans (or beans of choice such as red kidney, borlotti, cannellini)
  • 200 g corn, fresh or frozen
  • Serve with natural yogurt or sour cream, guacamole, cheese, avocado, tomato and red chilli

Do

1  

Place parsley/coriander into Thermomix bowl and chop 5 sec/speed 6. Set aside.

2  

Combine all meatball ingredients (apart from EVOO) and half of the chopped parsley/coriander (reserving the other half to serve) in a large mixing bowl and combine by hand.

3  

Shape into small meatballs and place close together into dish and tray of Varoma. Set aside.

4  

To make chilli, place onion, garlic, chilli and capsicum into Thermomix bowl and chop 5 sec/speed 5.

5  

Add EVOO and sauté 5 min/Varoma/speed 1.

6  

Add tomatoes and chop 10 sec/speed 5. Add tomato paste, stock paste, cumin, oregano and zucchini to Thermomix bowl.

7  

Set Varoma into position and cook 15 min/Varoma/Reverse/speed 3. Add beans and corn to Thermomix bowl, stir through with the spatula, replace Varoma and cook a further 5 min/Varoma/Reverse/speed 3.

8  

Heat EVOO or coconut oil in fry pan over medium heat and fry meatballs for 3–5 minutes until lightly browned and cooked through. Serve chilli in bowls with meatballs topped with remaining chopped fresh herbs, and your choice of accompaniments.

9  

TASTE:

10  

You can make either of these components and serve them separately. The meatballs make a wonderful appetiser with a salsa. The chilli con carne can be served on its own as well, and can be a vegetarian option…how good is that? You can halve the meatball mixture if desired.

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