I know things have been quiet from my end. Been busy with a new job and a growing, busy toddler. The job is not so new and the toddler keeps himself busy a lot so I have been cooking more now. Recently I entered a competition through one of our supermarket chains here in South Africa. I am up against 40 other bloggers to win a whole lot of prizes and get a lot of attention for my recipes and food writing.
Below is the recipe for my take on Chili using the ingredients we were given and if you like it please help me out with a vote, just google "chilli with home-made tortillas freshlyblogged" to find it. The link will be below the recipe. Hope all is well with everyone and hopefully I will get back into the habit of posting some recipes on here more often
Chilli with home-made tortillas
For the chilli
200g beef suet
500g beef shin
2 tsp (heaped) chilli powder
1 tsp (level) pepper
1 punnet PnP Soup Mix (carrot, leek, celery, tomato, turnip, potato)
1 Knorr Beef Stock Pot
62.5ml PnP White Wine Vinegar
1 PnP star anise
Water to cover
Salt to taste
For the tortillas
2 cups flour
2 tbsp beef tallow (melted beef suet)
1 cup water (more or less)
Salt to taste
1 onion, finely chopped
Cheese of your choice, grated
If you are using a Dutch oven, turn your oven on to 110 degrees Celcius.
Place the beef suet in a pan on a low heat and allow to melt. You need 4-5 tbsp plus 2 tbsp for the tortillas.
Cut shin into cubes and place in a bowl (put any bones to one side). Add the chilli powder and pepper to the bowl and make sure the meat is covered.
When you have the desired amount take the pieces of suet out. You can also render all and put what is left over in a bowl. Allow to cool, cover, refrigerate and use later. Remove 2 tbsp of tallow for tortillas and brown meat in pot. When seared on all sides, place meat in a Dutch oven or slow cooker.
Fry finely chopped celery and carrot (from Soup Mix) until soft, deglaze pan with vinegar and pour all into your cooking vessel. Pop the Knorr Stock Pot in and pour in enough water to cover 3 quarters.
Turn slow cooker on low or place Dutch oven into your oven and allow to cook for several hours (I left it overnight).
Mix flour and salt. Add tallow and mix. Slowly add water until the dough becomes soft, kneading as you go. Cover with a towel and allow to rest for a few minutes.
Warm a pan on a medium heat. Roll dough into even balls. Then roll each ball out into tortillas (I used a tortilla press. Fry them in the pan and leave on one side until they just start puffing up and then flip them over.
Serve warm with tortillas, grated cheese and onion on the side.
Edited by Addtotaste - 7/17/13 at 11:04am