Well, this was certainly unexpected!
I had planned to make a lamb Tagine tonight. But out of the blue, I got a great order for Lift Flavours from a friend and she needs it tomorrow!! So, we quickly defrosted some stew beef to make chili, instead! Good call, too -- we had some organic bell peppers from our Farm Share that desperately needed to be used up! "Necessity is the mother of invention", as they say! Then I realized that we didn't have any hot peppers on hand. But I do have a collection of hot sauces, so at least we had something to add pep! As a result, here is a super-easy (if unconventional) recipe in case you're ever in a jam like I was!
- 1/2 cup / 125 ml Avocado or Canola oil
- 1 lb / 454 g stew beef, cut into bite-sized chunks
- 2 Tbsp / 60 ml Lift Flavours Pink Peppercorn & Rose Petal Sea Salt
- 1 large brown onion, finely chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup / 250 ml red wine (or beer, if you've got it)
- 1 Tbsp / 15 ml tomato paste
- 2 sweet bell peppers (any colour), cut to bit-sized pieces
- 2 Tbsp hot sauce (didn't have any fresh hot peppers on hand! -- would have minced those *with gloves on*!)
- 1 14 oz / 398 ml can chickpeas
- 1 14 oz / 398 ml can beans of your choice
- 1 28 oz / 796 ml can chopped tomatoes with juice
- Additional Lift Flavours and pepper or hot sauce, if desired!
- Heat the oil to medium-high in a large, shallow pan.
- Add the beef and Lift Flavours and brown on all sides, then remove the beef to a bowl.
- Turn the heat to medium and add the onion to the pan, along with more oil if needed, and sweat until soft. Add the peppers and cook for about 5 minutes, until softened. (If you did have fresh jalapenos on hand, you could add them at the same time).
- Add the garlic and tomato paste and turn the heat to low. Cook until the tomato paste is more of a browny-orange, then add the red wine and turn the heat to high. Let the wine evaporate by about half.
- Drain and rinse the chickpeas and beans and toss those in.
- Add your hot sauce if you didn't have any hot peppers on hand.
- Now, the tomatoes go in and turn up the heat!
- Then, simmer for half an hour or so, and then taste. Does it need more Lift Flavours or hot sauce? Throw that in! Stir, taste and serve!!