Mexican cuisine is not only delicious, but also full of fun and often features chilli. A popular and delicious recipe is chilli con carne, which we prepare again and again: As lunch or dinner, but also when friends have booked in for a cosy evening, chilli con carne can make for a perfect evening. Even if you should follow original preparation methods, I always take the liberty of refining recipes with a Styrian touch or modifying them a little. But before we dive into the preparation, let’s take a look at the history and background of chilli.
Chilli con carne is a popular Mexican dish that is known all over the world. The history of chilli dates back to the Aztecs, who prepared a similar stew with meat and chillies as early as the 16th century. The Aztecs believed that chillies had a special magic and gave them strength and courage. After the Spanish conquest of Mexico in the 16th century, the use of chillies in cooking spread throughout the world.
The original version of chilli con carne uses kidney beans, but in my Styrian interpretation I will replace them with Styrian beetle beans. The beetle bean is a regional speciality from Styria, Austria, and is characterised by its distinctive grain and nutty flavour. By using beetle beans, we give this traditional Mexican dish a unique Styrian twist.
So let’s get started and prepare this hearty and spicy chilli con carne with Styrian beetle beans. Your taste buds will be delighted! Just follow my simple step-by-step instructions and let the flavours seduce you.