I was making Tomato Soup and I wanted to add leftover cooked Barley to it. Then I decided to add some beans as well. The soup looked like ‘Chilli Con Carne’, so I added the spices that I use to make Chilli Con Carne. The result was excellent. I could have added some Jalapeño.


4 Servings


200 to 250g Beef, Chicken OR Pork *cut into small pieces
1 Onion *finely chopped
1 clove Garlic *finely chopped
1 tablespoon Oil
1/4 teaspoon Hot Chilli Powder OR Cayenne Pepper
1 to 2 teaspoons Ground Paprika
1 to 2 teaspoons Ground Cumin
1 to 2 teaspoons Ground Coriander Seeds
1 canned (400g) Diced Tomatoes
1 cup Stock of your choice
1 canned (*400g) Beans of your choice *drained
1 tablespoon Oregano, Coriander Leaves or Parsley
Salt & Pepper
1 cup cooked Barley

  1. Heat Oil in a large saucepan or pot over medium-high heat, cook Onion, Garlic and Meat.
  2. Add Spices and stir-fry for a few minutes, add Tomatoes and Stock, bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add drained canned Beans and cooked Barley, and simmer for a few minutes. Add Oregano (OR Coriander Leaves or Parsley) and season with Salt & Pepper.