Servings: Serves 12
Ingredients 10 (or 5 linked pairs) chorizo sausages (not the salami sort), approximately 1 1/4 pounds.3 1/4 pound boneless beef shank , cut into 3/4-inch cubes3 onions (about 1 pound), peeled3 cloves garlic , peeled1 fresh long red chile , seeded1/4 cup vegetable oilSeeds from 3 cardamom pods2 tsp. ground cumin1 tsp. ground coriander1 tsp. ground cinnamon1 tsp. dried red pepper flakes1/4 cup tomato paste1/4 cup tomato ketchup4 cans (15 ounces each) red kidney beans , drained3 cans (14 ounces each) diced tomatoes1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips1 cup water (swished out in one of the diced tomato cans)
Preheat the oven to 300° F.
Finely chop, or process the onion, garlic and chile.
Heat the oil in a large ovenproof pan (with a lid) or cast-iron or enameled Dutch oven and fry the onion, garlic and chile until soft, on low for about 10 minutes, then add the cardamom sees, cumin, coriander, cinnamon and red pepper flakes.
Stir the oniony spiced mixture together and then add the chorizo, sliced into 1/4-in. coins, letting them ooze their paprika-orange oil.
Drop in the cubes of beef, turning them in the pan with the chorizo and onion mix, to brown the meat.
Stir in the tomato paste, ketchup, drained kidney beans and diced tomatoes. Add the water and bring the chili to a boil.
Once it's started bubbling, sprinkle the chocolate chips over the chili and give it a good stir. Put on the lid and transfer to the oven.
Cook at this low heat for 3 hours. Once cooked it is best left overnight to improve the flavor.
If you're not buying your meat from a butcher, you can use regular stew meat from the supermarket, but you'll need to cube it smaller and it is unlikely to get quite as tender as shin. I often buy shank.
Make Ahead Tip:
Cook the chili in the oven for 2 1/2 hours only. Cool, cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. When ready to use, tip the chili into a pan and bring slowly to the boil on the stove top, stirring occasionally. Cover tightly and return to the oven for 1 hour until piping hot.
Freeze Ahead Tip:
Cook the chili for 2 1/2 hours only. Cool and freeze. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then reheat as above.
From Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson. Photographs by Lis Parsons. Copyright © Nigella Lawson 2008. Photographs copyright © Lis Parsons 2008. Published by Hyperion. Available wherever books are sold. All rights reserved.