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Ostrich Chilli Con Carne

With the recent spate of scandalous red meat hullabaloo still very fresh on our door steps, I thought I’d try a red meat of a different kind. I generally love Ostrich meat because of its health benefits like being low in fat, low in cholesterol and low in kilojoules. It is a rich, tasty meat that has been approved by the Heart and Stroke foundation and comes in all forms of cuts. For more information on Ostrich meat, you can log onto the following website:

The Rev and I have been living extremely hectic lifestyles over the past few months with the added stress of doing home renovations. We both get home very exhausted in the evenings and the last thing I mostly feel like doing after a busy day of office work, driving around in the Durban heat, my sons busy extra mural activities, building site dust and supervising, is cooking…… and that comes from me, a confessed cook by birth and a lover of all things food related! This is where my recipe comes in. It’s the cheat’s version of a very delicious, quick and easy Chilli Con Carne which is not a heavy meal and takes very little time and effort to prepare.

You will need:
500g Ostrich mince
1 onion (diced)
1 garlic clove (crushed)
Olive oil
Maldon Salt
Cracked black pepper
125ml white wine
1 Tin Mexican Tomato mix
1 Tin red beans (drained)
1 small tin Tomato paste
Small packet of Cheese flavoured Dorito’s
1 cup of grated cheddar cheese

Heat a little oil in a heavy based saucepan. Sauté onion and garlic and add tomato paste. Simmer for 2 minutes and add white wine. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Set aside in a separate bowl. Add mince to pan and brown. Add a pinch of salt. Add Mexican tomato mix, red beans and mixture that was set aside. Simmer for 15 minutes. Taste and add more salt and cracked black pepper if needed.
Spread a few Dorito’s on a plate, add a layer of mince and cheese. Add another layer of Dorito’s, mince and cheese and place in an oven and grill cheese till melted.


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