Regular readers will know I’m not much of a cook (to put it mildly). And that my kids are somewhat fussy (to put it mildly). We do try to give them different food, we honestly do, but sometimes it’s easier for everyone just to give them the food they like.
But in the interests of pushing us all a little way out of our comfort zones, I was very pleased when McCain challenged me to make a chilli chip pot with some of their Home Chips. It sounded like a win-win – I would be brave and try to cook something different, the kids would try to eat something different and, if all else failed, they would still have some delicious chips to eat.
Was I confident it would work? Not really. Was I willing to give it a go? Yes.
I was properly brave. I cooked it myself, with just a little bit of help from my daughter, and absolutely no input from my husband (this is highly unusual).
This is what we needed:
- 1 large onion
- 450g Quorn mince (although others may prefer lean beef mince)
- 1 red pepper
- 1 tbsp plain flour
- 400g tin chopped tomatoes
- 400g tin mixed beans in chilli sauce
- 1 tbsp chilli powder
- Pint veggie stock, made from stock cube (others may prefer beef stock)
- 480g McCain Home Chips
This is how we did it:
- Fry the onion gently, then add the Quorn and brown. Add the chopped pepper and cook until soft.
- Mix the flour with the chilli and add to the pan, stir well, then add the tomatoes and the stock.
- Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 30-35 minutes.
- Meanwhile, put the Home Chips in a bowl, drizzle with 1 tbsp of oil and sprinkle over 1/2 tbsp of chilli. Mix until the chips are evenly coated.
- Spread the chips on a baking tray and cook for 20-22 minutes.
- Serve the chilli with the chips – and add any toppings you like (we went for good old cheese!)
And I’m pleased to say that the whole family, my fussy family, ate it all and enjoyed it! And there was no moans from the meat-eaters about being fed Quorn.I’m used to making up to five different meals for my family, but the only concession I made to fussiness was leaving my daughter’s chips plain rather than making them spicy.
We will definitely be making it again!
Recipe courtesy of www.mccain.co.uk
We were given a bag of McCain Home Chips and all the ingredients to make the chilli chip pot for the purposes of this review. All opinions are our own.