750g ground beef (5% fat or less is best)
2 med onions
2 bell peppers (I use 1 red and 1 green just for colour)
4 cloves garlic (or more if you want to stink like a Mediterranean)
1-2 green chillis, chopped (more if you put your loo roll in the freezer prior to going to bed after eating, if you catch my drift)
2 beef Oxo cubes (or similar)
6 big tsp ground cumin
generous squirt of lemon juice
2 Tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp sugar
3 tins tomatoes but Mummy thinks (incorrectly of course) that this is one too many. Silly Mummy.
2 tsp mixed herbs or just oregano
1 tin red kidney beans
Salt & Pepper (I put in loads of black pepper; it adds depth as well as a growl in the throat).
Brown the mince in a big pan. Spoon it out into a kitchen roll lined collander leaving the fat in the pan.
Re-heat the fat in the pan and add the 2 onions and garlic together, roughly chopped. Return meat to the pan with the onions and garlic and cook it thoroughly (5 mins should do). Whilst cooking add the cumin, tomato puree salt and pepper and herbs. Towards the end of the cooking add the lemon juice.
Add the bell peppers, roughly chopped, and the chillies, finely chopped. After a couple of minutes add the tinned tomatoes, sugar and oxo cubes (crumbled in after the tomatoes) Stir it all thoroughly and reduce the heat to a simmer. Open the kidney beans, wash and leave to drain in a sieve. Do NOT add to the dish yet.
Let it all cook a good long time, to develop the flavour and reduce the amount of liquid; at least an hour is best. If you're in a hurry you don't need to but it is best to let it cook for a good long time.
When you are 30 mins away from eating you can bring to the boil a large pan of salted water. Add a half cup per person of brown basmati rice. Bring back to the boil and simmer for 25 mins. Drain the rice and you are ready to go.
Right at the end, add the kidney beans and let the dish simmer for 3 mins, then turn off the heat and wait for 5 mins before serving. Chuck on a slack handfull of grated cheese onto the top of each bowl just so you can make a healthy dish that little bit unhealthy and fattening.
Best served with booze...because everything is best served with booze.