Pork Paprika Stew and Super Chilli Con Carne

Packing for festivals in England is always a fun challenge. Obviously as many waterproofs and warm clothes as possible,  always a hopeful pairs of sandals and sundresses sadly destined to spend their time at the bottom of your backpack. But I can dream and pack a very large umbrella .


After so many years I have perfected packing food and equipment for the festival campsite. Well after the hilarious year I insisted on taking the Le Cruset and stuffed full freezer box. Three trips back to the car is too many,  especially when you end up having to take it all home afterwards having been seduced by the delicious festival food stands.

I take tea and coffee , instant porridge bacon and rolls for breakfast because  having to queue for breakfast is agony after queuing for portaloos.

I pack plenty of homemade cakes (this year I am taking an assortment of cookies, carrot cake and gingerbread ) , one year I took too many cakes and ended the festival handing them out to  freindly stewards who were overly suspicious of a smiley girl handing out brownies.  I have promised the lovely boyfriend I will not insist on taking my cake stand , perhaps someone should invent an inflatble one  instead I will visit to drool over the home-made scones at Cafe Dish) .

The one meal  I will take is for the first night a warming stew  through for my birthday this year I got a vacuum packer and so have sealed the stew in a large plastic pouch for easier transport . usually it’s a chilli but the lovely boyfreind has begged some time off pulses which is a pity because I have perfected my chilli con carne recipe below ( the secret ingredient is black pudding for super richness)  So instead its a pork and paprika stew


I will be back next week with some more summery recipes


Pork Paprika Stew

Serves 6

1kg of pork shoulder diced into 1 inch cubes
500g of new potatoes cut in half
800g of tinned tomatoes
3 large onions
3 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp of smoked paprika
1 tbsp of dried chillis
1 pint of chicken stock
300ml of red wine

  1. In a large lidded cast iron pot
  2. Fry the onions and garlic until soften
  3. Add the paprika , chilli and pork and cook until browned
  4. Add the tomatoes , chicken stock and wine
  5. Bring to a gentle simmer and place in the oven at 180degc for 2 hours
  6. For the last hour add the potatoes

Super Chilli Con Carne

1kg  of beef brisket cut into 1.5 cm cubes ( if you want to use minced beef the cooking time will be reduced by an hour)
200g of dried red kidney beans soaked overnight
100g of black pudding crumbled
5 tbsp of chipoltes d’abo or 1 medium onion fried with a clove of garlic and 4 soaked chipolte chillis pureed with 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
400g of tinned tomatoes
2 ancho chillis soaked then finely chopped
400ml  of red wine
1 pint of beef stock
1 tbsp of dried red chilli flakes
1 tbsp of chilli powder
1 tbsp of paprika
1 large white onion
3 cloves of garlic

  1. Fry the onions and garlic in a heavy bottoms lidded saucepan
  2. Brown the diced brisket with the onions and garlic
  3. Add the chipoltes d’abo , ancho chilli , chilli powder, chilli flakes , paprika  and black pudding to fry
  4. Pour over the wine,  beef stock add the kidney beans
  5. Bring to a simmer cover then place in the oven at 150deg for 3 hours, stir every hour or so and add more stock if it looks dry

Jerk Mutton StewPumpkin and Beef Brisket Chilli


  1. The pork and paprika stew sounds absolutely delicious! Have a fantastic time – btw Heal’s do a printed cardboard flatpack cake stand – made for festivals! (Costs a hefty tenner mind you)

  2. Using black pudding as a secret ingredient in chili con carne sounds to me like genius. I made it for years from recipes in US cookbooks that involved arcane combinations of spices and different kinds of alcohol, but it never occurred to me to use black pudding. I’m gonna do that as soon as the weather gets colder. Thanks for the recipes!

  3. Great stuff – I’m doing a kind of cross between the two due to the ingredients I have to hand – so it’s a kind of pork-chilli-paprika-stew thing with chilli beans – although couldn’t be bothered to dice it; I’m leaving it to slow cook overnight so it should fall apart by itself by tomorrow! Think I’ll use carrots rather than spuds and maybe chuck in a couple of yellow peppers. Maybe some mushrooms too. OK, it’s quite different, but is still heavily inspired by the above recipes! 🙂 All this from Googling “pork, paprika, red wine” to see what recipes come up!!!!

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