Chili con Carne


This post is loooong overdue. I organized a dinner party back in January for a good friend who came all the way from New Zealand. It was his first visit back to the Philippines ever since he migrated. I decided to serve him and our other friends something meaty since they would mostly be guys. Also, my husband has been begging me to make a pot of this lava-like stew.

What I made:


The buffet for the chili consisted of cheddar cheese, salsa, sour cream, plain rice (no Filipino feast goes without rice), hotdog buns, sausages, and cheddar-jalapeno biscuits (recipe below).

Chili con Carne


  • 2 cups Beef Stock
  • 1 Kg Ground Beef
  • 1 small bunch of fresh cilantro, chiffonade
  • 18g Dark Chocolate, chopped or broken into pieces
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Sour Cream, to serve
  • Salsa, to serve
  • Lime, to serve
  • 2 large Onions, diced
  • 3 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 2 Carrots, diced
  • 2 sticks Celery, diced
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground Cumin
  • 2 Jalapenos, seeds removed and diced
  • 2 pieces Dried Ancho Chiles, chopped
  • 1 (400g can) Red Kidney Bean, rinsed
  • 2 (400g can) Whole Peeled Tomatoes


  1. Saute the onions and garlic in a deep dutch oven (or any deep, heavy bottomed sauce pan) over medium heat until the onions are translucent. Add the carrots, celery, jalapenos, ancho chiles and cumin in the pan and saute for 3-5 minutes or until fragrant.
  2. Add the ground beef and cook through. Pour the whole peeled tomatoes, beef stock and add the red kidney beans. Try to mash the whole tomatoes while stirring. Let simmer over low heat for 45 minutes to an hour.
  3. Add the dark chocolate pieces, season with salt and pepper. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
  4. When cooked through, sprinkle over half of the cilantro and leave some for serving.

Jalapeno-Cheddar Biscuits

  1. Just find a basic biscuit recipe, like from Joy of Baking. I gave my biscuits a bit of oooomph by adding small cubes of cheddar cheese and diced jalapeno, I coated them with a bit of flour and added it to the biscuit dough. You can definitely add whatever your heart desires but I suggest adding some cheese, SO YUM!:)


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