I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Grampians growing up as a child, my father was a member of a small co-operative that owned an old farmhouse set on 10 acres on the western side of the range which we used quite often, many a scouting badge was earned there.
I have since re-discovered it and had the chance to spend a recent weekend down there with family and given my industry I arrived with a case of wine and some great produce. Given the time of the year, we opted not to camp but instead stay in a house, which to my son's dismay had no power, the realization of limited time on the iPad meant rationing, and as a result helping me cook this dish.
There is nothing really accurate here, following the philosophy "That should be about right" with each ingredient. Easy to cook in an camp oven over the coals, this is a no brainer and takes up very little room in the esky leading to more room for wine!
Banksies Campfire Chilli
1kg Minced Beef
1 Yellow Capsicum
2 white onions
3-4 Garlic cloves
1tsp Cayenne, Dried
1tsp Chipotle Chili powder
2tsp Ancho Chili Powder
1tsp Smokey paprika
2tsp Dried Chilli
Dark chocolate (about 200g)
2tsp Instant Coffee
1 stick cinnamon
1-3 Fresh Chili
2-3 x 400g crushed Tomato
200ml Yoghurt (to serve)
Fresh Coriander (to serve)
- Sweat off the Onion, Garlic, Fresh Chili and Capsicum until soft (about 4-5mins)
- Add beef mince and brown
- Add spices and cook for about 5 mins
- Add beer and reduce liquid until almost gone
- Add chocolate & coffee, stir in.
- Add Tomato & cinnamon. Cover and cook on low, stirring frequently for 2 – 3 hrs. Add more liquid as required (beer, water or stock)
- Serve with a dollop of yoghurt and some corriander, corn chips, crusty bread or damper
Pontifex Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2016 ($33)
Packed and generous, this was a perfect match for the deep, rich flavours of this chilli. Red and black fruits, brambly blackberries and spice. There is a fair whack of oak here but it is not unbalanced or dominating, just makes itself well known. Smoky fire, hot chilli, good friends and a clear sky, pretty awesome companions indeed.