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Quick-cook ancho con-carne with cucumber salsa


Serves: 6
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Quick-cook ancho con-carne with cucumber salsa
Recipe by Stevie Parle. Recipe photograph by Martin Poole

Quick-cook ancho con-carne with cucumber salsa


Serves: 6
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Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
790Kcal
Fat
46gr
Saturates
19gr
Carbs
54gr
Sugars
14gr
Fibre
8gr
Protein
37gr
Salt
2gr

Stevie Parle

Stevie Parle

Stevie Parle trained at The River Cafe, Moro and Petersham Nurseries and is now the owner-chef of three restaurants, including Dock Kitchen in west London. Stevie has written several cookbooks, including Spice Trip (Square Peg, £20) and has won multiple accolades for his restaurants and writing.
See more of Stevie Parle’s recipes
Stevie Parle

Stevie Parle

Stevie Parle trained at The River Cafe, Moro and Petersham Nurseries and is now the owner-chef of three restaurants, including Dock Kitchen in west London. Stevie has written several cookbooks, including Spice Trip (Square Peg, £20) and has won multiple accolades for his restaurants and writing.
See more of Stevie Parle’s recipes

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 750g beef mince
  • 100g streaky bacon, finely chopped
  • ½ x 20g pack sage, leaves chopped
  • 2 red onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 2 green peppers, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 tbsp ancho chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp chipotle chilli flakes
  • 4 large tomatoes, roughly chopped
To serve
  • 1 x 31g pack coriander, roughly chopped, reserve a few sprigs to garnish
  • ½ cucumber, finely chopped
  • 1 small apple, cored and finely chopped
  • 2 spring onions, very finely sliced
  • juice of 2 limes
  • ½ x 28g pack mint, leaves chopped, reserve a few sprigs to garnish
  • 12 small soft flour tortillas, warmed
  • 300ml soured cream

Step by step

Get ahead
The chilli can be frozen at the end of step 5, once cooled, for up to 2 months.
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pan over a high heat. Add half each of the mince, bacon and sage, and good pinches of salt and pepper.
  2. Cook for a few minutes until lightly coloured, stirring to break up the meat. Remove from the pan to a bowl and set aside. Repeat with 1 tablespoon oil and the rest of the mince, bacon and sage.
  3. Lower the heat and add the rest of the oil to the pan with the onions, garlic and peppers. Fry for 10 minutes until soft.
  4. Return the meat to the pan, add both lots of chilli flakes, and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the tomatoes, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 10 minutes uncovered; if your tomatoes aren't very juicy, add a little water so that the mixture can stew.
  6. Mix 2 tablespoons coriander with the cucumber, apple, spring onions, the juice of 1 lime and seasoning. Set aside.
  7. Remove the chilli from the heat and stir in the rest of the lime juice, the rest of the chopped coriander and the mint, and season. Serve with tortillas, soured cream and the salsa, garnished with herb sprigs.
Chef quote
Chilli is often slow-cooked but this recipe, featuring both ancho and chipotle chillies, has a shorter cooking time and is served with a fresh cucumber and apple salsa.

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