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Meere s chilli

Meere's Cowboy Beef Chilli

Feed the whole family with this chilli recipe from Meere's.

Serving: 6
Time: 2 hours +
Difficulty: Medium


  • 300ml freshly brewed coffee
  • 3 dried chillies, such as ancho 
  • 60ml vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves                                                                                                             
  • 2 red onions, peeled and diced
  • 2 yellow peppers, diced
  • 1-2 fresh chillies, deseeded and minced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 3x400g tins of plum tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons of muscovado sugar
  • 500g beef skirt steak, diced into one-inch pieces
  • 500g beef brisket, diced into one-inch pieces
  • 500g beef topside, diced into one-inch pieces
  • 1x400g tin of mixed beans, drained
  • 2-4 squares of 70% dark chocolate

To garnish:

  • Sour cream or crème fraiche
  • Shredded sharp cheese
  • Meere’s square black pudding, cooked and crumbled
  • Sliced spring onions
  • Diced hot chilli peppers
  • Meere's white pudding cornbread, see recipe here


  1. Preheat your oven to 160°C/140°C fan.
  2. Pour the coffee over the dried chillies and let steep for about 30 minutes.
  3. In a large casserole pan over medium-low heat, add the oil and cumin seeds. Heat until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Increase to a medium heat and add the smoked paprika, oregano, bay leaves and onion. Gently sauté until soft and slightly coloured, about 10 minutes, then add the garlic.
  5. Remove the rehydrated chillies from the coffee and slice. Add to the onion mixture along with the fresh chillies, cinnamon stick, sliced garlic, half of the coffee and a good pinch of salt and pepper.
  6. Stir, then add the remaining coffee, tomatoes and sugar, breaking up the tomatoes with the back of a spoon.
  7. Add the meat to the pot, then cover with a lid and place in the oven for 2 hrs.
  8. After two hours, break up the meat using a potato masher or pull apart using a fork. Add the beans and return to the oven, uncovered, for one more hour.
  9. Remove the pot from the oven, grate in the chocolate and stir. 
  10. Serve the chilli with a mix of the garnishes and Meere’s white pudding cornbread

Read more about Meere's here.

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