I invented this recipe for chilli con carne spice mix because I love the fragrance of freshly ground spices. I make it in small batches, it only takes a few minutes, and of course when you grind your own spices and spice mixes with your Thermomix, they have much better flavour than buying them already ground.
My chilli con carne spice mix is perfect for any chilli, whether it’s ‘con carne’ (with meat), or vegetarian ‘sin carne’ (without meat). It’s also one of the magic ingredients in my spicy bean burgers recipe, making them tempting to everyone, whether they are vegetarian, vegan, or would usually choose a beef burger!
This recipe is quick and very easy. Here’s a thought… I love to put an attractive label on a jar of chilli con carne spice mix, tie the top with a cheery ribbon, and give it away as a small gift. You could also include it as part of a hamper of thoughtful and lovingly homemade goodies. Please do share your homemade foodie gift ideas in the comments below.
This recipe is suitable for Thermomix TM6, TM5 and TM31.
- Grind dried red cayenne chillies, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, paprika and smoked paprika 30 sec/speed 10, then leave lid on TM bowl for 5-10 minutes to allow spice dust to settle.
- Transfer to a small sterilised jar – see 2nd tip, and close with lid. Keeps well in a dark cupboard for up to 8 months.