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What Type Of Beef Mince Should I Use For Cornbread Topped Chilli Con Carne?

Asked by NigellaInDeDop. Answered on 5th January 2022

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Hello, I’ve just bought ‘Feast’ and am looking forward to making the Cornbread Topped Chilli. I’m just not sure what percentage fat mince is best to use for chilli? Would you recommended 5%, 20%, or somewhere in the middle? Thanks so much!

Cornbread Topped Chilli Con Carne
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Cornbread Topped Chilli Con Carne
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NIgella's Cornbread Topped Chilli Con Carne (from FEAST) is a great dish to cook for a large crownd. The cornbread topping acts as a side for the chilli, so all you need is a green salad to go alongside.

The fat content of mince (ground beef) can vary a lot, but many UK supermarkets give a choice of low fat (around 5%) or regular (15-20%). It is really a matter of personal preference as to which you prefer to use. If you use the low fat version then you may need to add a drop of extra olive oil if the pan looks a bit dry after you have added the meat. If you can also make the chilli base a day in advance and then it is easy to spoon away any fat that comes to the surface after the chilli has been refrigerated.

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