Chilli con Carne with Homebaked Garlic Bread

Food for the workers today, Hubby always works hard, he runs his own building company and isn’t afraid of getting his hands dirty – Youngest came home shattered after working a standard 9 hours, bless him, he isn’t scared of work, but after ‘Uni life’ the first few shifts will be a shock to the system 😉


Something warming and tasty for dinner, Chilli con Carne but instead of rice, I thought I would make some bread to turn into garlic bread, dripping in homemade garlic and herb butter 😍

I start with the bread, 2 baguettes, standard white French style, 300ml hand warm water a pack of dried yeast, I add a half teaspoon of sugar (this helps ‘feed’ the yeast) I use the Thermomix, but same ingredients for handmade, just more mixing and kneading – I mix the yeast water at speed 2, heat 37 for 2 minutes.  Add 500g of white bread flour, an a pinch of salt – mix on dough setting for 3 minutes, then turn out and leave to rise for at least an hour – I cover with a damp clean tea towel.

Knock your dough back, split into 2 equal parts, and with the heal of your hand, squish into a rough rectangle – roll into a baguette shape and seal the ends with a pinch, place onto a baking sheet,  seam down and leave to rise again for 30-60 minutes – covered again – put the oven on to preheat (200).


Slash your baguettes straight down the middle, put a cup of cold water into a tray at the bottom of the oven (this generates steam and a lovely crust) then pop your bread in for approx 35-40.

Cool the Gorgeous crusty baguettes – ready to slice 90% of the way through and fill with amazing homemade garlic butter, wrap in tin foil and back into a hot oven.


when your ready for 10-15 mins till all melty and crisp and OMG…… Just Lush….

Into the rinsed Thermomix bowl add a whole block of chopped butter, 2/3 fat cloves of garlic, salt, pepper and whizz on speed 4 for 10 seconds, scrape down then add a bunch of flat leaf parsley and whizz again at speed 4 for 10 seconds, scrape down.

Tip out onto some food wrap and roll into a sausage shape – use what you need for the garlic bread – freeze the rest for another day – SO good on a steak 😇

Okay, onto the main event – Chilli a la me – no beans as the menfolk aren’t keen 🙄 Chop a large onion and 2 cloves of garlic, gently fry to soften, then add the minced beef and a crumbled stock cube –  fry off, adding salt, pepper, a sprinkle of chilli (we are wimps, add as much as you like) add a teaspoon of powdered cumin  – I cut 2 bell pepper into cubes and add to the mix.

After a good mix, add a tin of chopped tomatoes and a mega squeeze of tomato purée with a teaspoon of sugar just to knock back the acidity of the tomato. Use the empty tomato tin to add a tin of water, a shake of Worcestershire sauce, then a good stir.


Simmer for a good hour, stirring occasionally, add some more water if necessary. Taste and adjust seasoning as you go.


A big bowl of chilli, a wedge of garlic bread and a blob of natural yoghurt dressed with chopped herbs – what’s not to like 😉

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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