We've passed the shortest day of the year, but the slow cooker is still cranking and we're enjoying lots of warming, nourishing and delicious Winter meals.
These one-pot wonders are also the perfect way to prepare lots of quality food ahead of time for your lunches and mid-week dinners. This recipe is delicious on it’s own or paired with some roasted potato or rice. The cacao gives this version a deep chocolaty flavour and interesting twist.
Be sure to use a high quality meat - we always look for grass-fed, happy animals and like to find out about where they come from. Grass-fed meat is higher in Omega-3 (important anti-inflammatory fat) and we love knowing that the animals are healthy and fed a natural diet, just like we strive to eat ourselves.
- 1kg grass-fed beef steak, diced (chuck or stew meat)
- 500g grass-fed beef mince
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 ½ tbsp ground cumin
- 2–3 tbsp beef tallow or ghee
- 2 white onions, diced
- 4 (28g) garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 x 400g cans diced plum tomatoes
- 3 large tbsp tomato paste
- 4–5 tbsp hot sauce (find one with no sugar or preservatives) - optional
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper (adjust for different heats)
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- Sea salt to taste
- Fresh coriander and/or diced red onion to serve
- In a large mixing bowl coat the diced beef and mince with oregano and ground cumin.
- In a large cast iron pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the meat and stir for 2 minutes until browned almost all over.
- Add the diced onions and garlic and stir for another 3 minutes or so until the onion is clear and fragrant.
- Add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, chilli sauce, cayenne pepper and raw cacao powder. Adjust the amount of chilli to suit your preference.
- Reduce to a simmer. There should be just enough liquid to cover the meat, but if it’s looking dry, add some more tomato paste or a little water).
- Simmer on low for 3–5 hours until the beef chunks start to break down. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt if needed.
- Serve warm, topped with fresh coriander and diced red onion.