Author: Phil Ackers

Head of Building Services

So – a long time family favourite (or rather, one of only 2 dishes I’m able to make without help) – I know it as Chilli Beef, everyone else in the family calls it Man Mince due to its simplistic nature, just like me.  I cook it in bulk (it serves 10) and freeze spare portions for later. Prep time is about 20 minutes, longer if drinking beer – cooking time 1 hr.


  • 4 x onions
  • 750g lean beef mince
  • 1 x red pepper
  • 1 x green pepper
  • 1 x yellow pepper
  • 4 x tins Oxtail Soup
  • 4 x tins red kidney beans in a chilli sauce
  • 4 x tins taco mixed beans in a spicy tomato sauce


  1. Select a large pot or cauldron
  2. Open beer (other drinks are available) and drink*
  3. Chop the onions and fry on a gentle heat until soft
  4. Add the mince and brown
  5. Chop and add the peppers and stir for about 5 minutes
  6. Open the tins and stir them in until completely mixed
  7. Simmer for about an hour, ensuring your beer glass doesn’t dry out and the peppers are soft
  8. Serve with rice and enjoy!

*Please drink responsibly. We do not support underage drinking, excessive drinking or any other unsafe drinking behavior. Do not drink and drive. 

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