My Glasgow Kitchen

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I used to cook a simple chilli con carne to bring to work in Glasgow. It can be topped on baked potato, pasta or rice. I would have a can of chopped tomatoes and kidney beans in my pantry and all I need to buy is onions and minced beef to make this dish. It can also freeze easily too.

When it comes to cooking this in Malaysia, the approach is slightly different as canned food is really expensive. I used fresh tomatoes and dried kidney beans. Dried kidney beans are hydrated overnight and then boiled for about 45 minutes. 

A friend gave us some smoked pulled pork a few weeks ago so I just used the frozen pulled pork this time. Cooking time for the chilli con carne itself is shorter as pulled pork is used but the prep time is longer for the tomatoes and kidney beans.

The cocoa powder helps to elevate the flavour. Some also use coffee powder.

Pulled Pork Chilli Con Carne Recipe


Leftover meat (pulled pork) or 400g minced beef

1 onion

2 garlic clove

5 tomatoes/ 400g can tomatoes

150g dried kidney beans/ 400g can beans

1 tbs chilli powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp cocoa powder

1 tbs paparika powder


Soak dried kidney beans overnight and boil it for 45 minutes.

Sweat onion and garlic in heated oil. Stir chopped tomatoes for a few minutes. Then add meat and kidney beans. Add powders and salt to taste.

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