An Aussie Take on Chilli

Food often brings with it fond memories. This dish certainly does for me. Whenever we eat it, which is at least once a week, it takes me back to my childhood Sundays. Sunday dinner in my home usually consisted of chilli and rice, or spaghetti. Both recipes were almost identical in nature (by removing the kidney beans and serving it with spaghetti noodles it became a spaghetti and meat sauce).

We called it chilli, but I am pretty sure that it doesn’t resemble many authentic chilli’s out there. But I love it and I am sticking with it.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


By Tracy Maurer


1 1/2 cups uncooked rice
500g (1lb) ground beef (mince)
1 onion chopped finely
1 clove garlic crushed
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 400g (8oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 400g (8oz) can condensed tomato soup
1 400g (8oz) can kidney beans
1 cup grated cheese
A pinch or two of dried chilli powder (optional)


Fill a medium size saucepan halfway with water. Bring water to the boil. Add rice and stir for 1 minute. Bring back to boil, then remove pot from heat and place lid on saucepan. Let stand with lid on for 15 mins, or until rice has absorbed all the water and is cooked through.

In medium size frypan, cook on high heat ground beef until it is brown. Push mince to one side of frypan, and with the juices and oils remaining, brown the onion and garlic until they are soft. Add chilli powder if desired. Turn the heat down and add tomato paste. Stir it through the beef, onion and garlic. Add crushed tomatoes, soup and drained kidney beans – stir through. Bring meat sauce to the boil and then lower heat. Simmer for 5-10 mins, or until cooked through.

Rinse rice thoroughly with hot water. Drain well, spoon on to plate and serve meat sauce over the top. Sprinkle with grated cheese.

**The meat sauce can be served as a spaghetti sauce. Just leave out the kidney beans, and serve with spaghetti noodles instead of rice.

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