Serves 4 - 6 (can reduce the amount of tomatoes and meat to serve fewer people, leave everything else the same)
500g minced beef
1 pepper (I like red, but any colour works)
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tin tomato passata
1 or 2 fresh chillies
1 clove of garlic
1 small tin kidney beans (you can substitute these for baked beans if you prefer)
1 cube beef oxo
Herbs - parsley, oregano, onion powder (optional)
Spices - paprika, chili powder
Dice the onion and chillies, and chop the pepper into chunks about 1cm square
Heat a large pan up with some oil
Fry the onion and pepper, chillies, and add a crushed garlic clove
Once fried off, add the mince, cook until brown
Add the chopped tomatoes and passata and kidney beans and a large teaspoon of tomato paste (rinse out each tin with a small amount of water and put into the saucepan)
Add the oxo cube and season with a small amount of each herb listed
Add the spices to taste
Let it boil down - the longer the better!
Serve with rice, nachos (and maybe some dips) , garlic bread, bread or a jacket potato (or a combination!)
It is very simple to make (takes about 30mins) and you can serve it to friends or freeze it when cooled, it will also keep in the fridge for a few days.
Upon reheating it may require more chilli powder (taste it and see!)
A bolognese sauce can be made by leaving the spices and chilli out, and adding some basil.