Are You Curious What My Secret Ingredients Are This Month? {Thermomix Assisted}


June 19, 2014 by Joanne T Ferguson

ChiliAre You Curious What My Secret Ingredients Are This Month? {Thermomix Assisted}

I know I was as it is fun participating in this Ssshhh Cooking Secretly Challenge monthly worldwide food challenge thanks to Priya from Priya’s Versatile Recipes “adding a pinch of love to everyday cooking.”

The challenge is about “cooking, chit chat and meeting a new food friend along the way!”logo-challengePerhaps you remember last month when I asked you Are You Curious About This Month’s Secret Ingredients? where I shared my oat flour and potato pizza?

Pizza-Potato-Oat-FlourChef Georgio gave it two thumbs up!

For this month, Priya shared her Coriander & Coconut Milk Paratha when she was challenged with coconut leaves and coconut milk.

Coriander-coconut-milk-paratha                              Photo Courtesy of Priya’s Versatile Recipes

Doesn’t it look lovely indeed?

When I was challenged with tomato and onion, I couldn’t decide which dish I wanted to make, so I made Thermomix Chilli Con Carne (featured above); inspired and slightly adapted from Cate Can Cook ‘s recipe as well as Tomato, Bacon and Lentil Soup by if we have to eat as Thermalina (my Thermomix) also wanted to play with me!

Tomato-bacon-lentil-whatsonthelistSeeing the weather in Adelaide has gotten VERY “wintry cold,” I thought both of these recipes would be perfect, using up ingredients I had on hand and fuelling my passion for minimizing food wastage.

ThemomixSo you know whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable?

I thought this was quite interesting depending with whom you speak with; scientists or cooks!

“Technically,” (scientifically speaking) if it has seeds, it is a fruit.

Therefore, cucumbers, green beans and walnuts are all fruits.

As far of cooking is concerned, some fruits can be vegetables if they are used in savory as opposed to sweet cooking.

You say TO-MAY-TOE, I say TOE-MA-TOE, but either way, tomatoes are delicious to me, especially vine ripened tomatoes as there really is nothing like them.

My dad used to grow the most wonderful tomatoes, and every time I close my eyes when eating a freshly picked tomato, I can still see the smile on my dad’s face and his laughter seeing the tomato juice dripping down and all over my face!

“Don’t tell your mother,” dad always said to me!

Sharing a freshly picked tomato was always a special treat and created special memories (that has lasted a lifetime) for dad and me!

You know my fascination with all things Egyptian by now and did you know ancient Egyptians worshiped onions and garlic too?

Did you know Roman Gladiators were rubbed down with onions for their muscles too?

I better keep my mind on the Ssshhh Cooking Secretly Challenge today!

Joanna's Chilli Con Carne {Thermomix Assisted}
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#easy #entertaining #chilli #party #dinner #beef #mince #Thermomix #beans #tomatoes #onion
Recipe type: Thermomix
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 6 - 8
  • 1 red onion, peeled and quarted
  • 4 garlic, peeled
  • 3 red chilli, cut into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 500 grams beef mince (see Notes)
  • 100 grams mushrooms
  • 400 gram canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed (see Notes)
  • 400 grams canned diced or whole tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 2 tablespoons TM vegetable concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  1. Place mushrooms in the TM bowl; 3 seconds speed 7; scrape down; repeat until desired texture; remove set aside.
  2. Place onion, garlic, chilli in the TM bowl; 3 seconds speed 7; scrape down; repeat until desired size.
  3. Add grapeseed oil; saute 2 minutes, 100°, on reverse, soft speed.
  4. Add remaining ingredients; cook 25 minutes, 100°, on reverse, soft speed. (see Notes)
Adjust seasoning and chilli based on personal taste.
Inspired by original Thermomix Chilli Con Carne recipe by Cate Can Cook
Make sure when placing mince into MC, mince is well broken up in small pieces.
Use mushrooms of choice.
Can use 4 bean canned mixture as substitute.
May need additional 5 minutes cooking depending on outcome which can vary due to mince.

I LOVE that Thermalina helps save time and money too!

I don’t know who likes playing with food more…Thermalina or me?

Do you like Chilli Con Carne?

Do you have a favorite Chilli Con Carne Recipe?

Do you make soups from scratch?

Do you prefer making soup in winter or the whole year through?

Chef Georgio LOVES being my taste tester and look forward to what next month’s
Ssshhh Cooking Secretly Challenge ingredients will be!

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19 thoughts on “Are You Curious What My Secret Ingredients Are This Month? {Thermomix Assisted}

  1. G’day Joanne! Hope you are starting to feel better. I just came from Nancy’s YBR to find your secret ingredients! This is a wonderful Chili Con Carne recipe and hope it warmed you and Chef Georgio on this very wintery day. Pinned/shared.

  2. swathiiyer says:

    Delicious chili con, thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. I will try your recipe.

  3. Wow! This looks and sounds absolutely delicious!! Sounds like a really fun challenge as well 🙂

  4. theninjabaker says:

    How wonderful that you have a Thermomix, Joanne. The chili does seem to have the perfect list of ingredients to ward off the winter chills…Love the connection to tomatoes and your Dad =)

  5. Makes me hungry Joanne, this chilli con carne is just hard to resist.

  6. Hi and congrats on the Pinterest feature on Natashin Oz blog. I am now following you on Pinterest. This recipe looks so good! Have a great weekend.

  7. I do love a good Chili con carne and may make some when winter comes back here. great recipe and secret ingredient!

  8. Hello from Brisbane! I just popped by to say g’day and to let you know you are this week’s Pinning Blogger of the week!

    Have a fabulous weekend!
    Natasha in Oz

  9. Thanks Brandi for stopping by! I was reading your comment while enjoying a HOT cocoa and am glad my gladiators and onions caught your curiosity!

  10. auntbeesrecipes says:

    Chili con Carne is one of Uncle Bee’s favorites! This looks so good! I have always thought it was funny how cucumbers and tomatoes are actually fruits! Whatever they are, they are delicious! I love history so much and am now off to google gladiators and onions 🙂

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