Beef and liver chilli con carne with mixed beans
Monday, January 9, 2017
This is a much-loved recipe at Clockwork’s nursery and is a great way to introduce offal to our children’s diets.
We include offal once a week in our menus as it is a good source of nutrition – including key vitamins contributing to children’s growth and well-being.
1 tbsp olive oil
450g lean minced beef
225g diced chicken livers
1 large white onion
1 red pepper, deseeded and diced
100g cup mushrooms, sliced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 red chili, finely chopped (you can replace the chili pepper with 1tsp mild chilli powder should you prefer a milder chili)
½tsp ground mixed spice
1tsp ground cumin
1 x 400g tin mixed beans, drained and rinsed
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and add the minced beef and chicken livers. Once the meat is browned, add the onion, pepper, mushrooms and garlic. Cook on a medium heat for 5 minutes until softened slightly.
Stir in the chili, cinnamon and cumin and cook for a further couple of minutes to release the flavour of the spices.
Add the mixed beans and chopped tomatoes and stir to coat the vegetables thoroughly, then simmer gently for 30-35 minutes. Add a little water if it becomes too thick and add any extra seasoning if necessary.
Serve with wholegrain rice and a freshly prepared side salad.
For more on how much liver to include in your diet, see www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/meat.aspx
‘How to make the most of…meat’ is at www.nurseryworld.co.uk/nursery-world/feature/1093797/unique-child-nutrition-meat