I have been asked or told in occasions by non Mexican people to make chili con carne because they think it’s mexican. According to Wikipedia (LOL) it’s origin is Texan and they do have a lot of true Mexican influence in their cuisine but in my opinion Mexican American food can’t be considered Mexican food but TexMex which in other post I remember explaining it would be a whole different thing and it is also delicious but not commonly what a Mexican living abroad is looking for.
Anyways, the recipe I’m about to share is very similar to Chili con Carne but it is Mexican at least it’s very popular in some regions in the north part of Mexico specially Monterrey, where I’m from and it is served mostly at children’s birthday parties for the merienda (meal around 4 PM only given at these events)
I recently made it for my daughter’s 1st bday, as I did for my son’s 1st bday 4 years ago. So here it is. The ingredients are for a big, BIG crowd, so size them down to your needs.
2 kilo ground beef
4 garlic cloves
5 big cans of brown beans (bruine bonen from AH)
2 medium cans of chili beans
15 to 20 sausages
250 gr of bacon in blocks
1 bottle of ketchup
1/2 cup of sugar (or more to taste)
1/4 cup of jalapeños vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of dry cilantro
2 tablespoons of dry peterselie
Chop the onions, garlic, tomatoes and sausages and have them ready on the side.
On a deep pan (I used the biggest from Ikea, that holds 10 liters) start cooking the bacon and wait some time and add the onions and garlic until it the bacon has become a bit crunchy. Then add the beef and cook normally until its completely brown.
Add the sausages and cook too.
Then add all the beans and mix.
Add the vinegar and ketchup. Taste.
It should be sweet but not too much. If it still taste like beans add the sugar and keep tasting until it’s sweet to your taste.
Then add the spices and mix well. Taste until its good for you.
This is normally served in Monterrey inside a bread like the witte puntjes they sell here. Open carefully just from the middle, do not open like a hotdog but more like a canoe, just to fill the inside so it doesn’t come out and make a mess. In kids birthday parties is served together with jello and chips.