Winter Warmers

Chilli Hot Chocolate

This is the ultimate winter warmer! Perfect for when you come in from the cold.


 3.5 cups of milk
1 cinnamon stick
3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
100g dark chilli chocolate (chopped)
1/4 tsp mild chilli powder

Bring milk, cinnamon stick, cocoa, and vanilla to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in the chopped chocolate until melted.  Add chili powder, if desired. Discard the cinnamon stick and serve. Top with marshmallows or a dollop of cream.


Smokey Chorizo Chilli

An absolute favourite in our house!


1 tbsp oil

1 large onion

2 garlic cloves

500g lean beef mince

120 Spanish chorizo sausage, chopped

1 beef stock cube

1 tbsp mild chilli powder

1 tsp paprika

400g can chopped tomatoes

200ml passata

410g can red kidney beans

2 squares of dark chocolate


Firstly, dice the onion and peel and chop the garlic. Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat and add the onions, stirring regularly for about 2-3 minutes until they have started to soften.  Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.

Add the chorizo and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the oils start to release, at this point add the beef mince and cook until browned.

Once the mince is brown, add the beef stock cube, chilli powder and paprika and stir in thoroughly.

Add the chopped tomatoes, passata and kidney beans and finally the dark chocolate and stir until fully incorporated.

At this point you can simmer on a low heat until ready to serve or if using a slow cooker you can leave it for a few hours to become nice and tender.

This dish is delicious and filling served on its own, with a dollop of sour cream, or accompanied with fluffy boiled rice or refried beans.