Chilli Con Carne

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A delicious recipe for Chilli Con Carne which the whole family will love! The meat sauce is slow-cooked with herbs and spices with lots of kidney beans for extra protein and texture. Serve with rice or tortilla chips for a tasty meal!


For the chilli

To serve


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan.
  2. Cook the onion and garlic until they have softened.
  3. Turn the heat up to high and add the the minced beef (ground beef). Cook until all of the meat has browned. Depending on the size of your pan, you may need to do this in batches.
  4. Season the beef generously with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the chilli powder, dried thyme, paprika, cumin and pepper. Cook for a few minutes.
  6. Stir through the tomato paste and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  7. Add the chopped fresh tomatoes, canned tomatoes, kidney beans, chicken stock, bay leaf and cinnamon stick.
  8. Mix everything together well and bring the mixture to a boil.
  9. Then turn the heat down to a low simmer, cover with a lid, and cook for about 1.5 hours.
  10. Give the mixture a stir every 20-30 minutes and check that the mixture is not sticking to the pan.
  11. After 1.5 hours, remove the lid, and continue cooking over low to medium heat for about 15 minutes.
  12. If the mixture looks too thick, add some water.
  13. Taste for seasoning, and add salt and pepper as necessary.
  14. Just before serving, stir through the chopped coriander (cilantro) and sprinkle some on top for garnish.
  15. Serve the chilli con carne with steamed Basmati rice and the chopped avocadoes and cucumber. Garnish with green chillies or jalapeno peppers, and a dollop of sour cream or crème frâiche.

Kitchen Notes

The chilli pepper used in this recipe is pure ground hot chilli peppers (common in Asian cuisine) which is very spicy, and NOT a chili pepper spice blend (common in the US) which also contains other ingredients.

This dish keeps well in the fridge for several days, and even frozen in small portions for quick thawing and reheating.

To convert from cups to grams, and vice-versa, please see this handy Conversion Chart for Basic Ingredients.