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Chilli con carne

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  • Serves: 4

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

 

Mexican favourite, chilli con carne is great for families and students too as it's cheap, easy and delicious with a spicy kick of flavour. Make enough to last a while as it tastes even better after a few days! It's always a good idea to have a packet of frozen mince in the freezer as there's so much you can do with it. Chilli con carne is one of our favourite family meals, particularly in the winter months, as it reheats so easily. This recipe makes the absolute best chilli con carne we've tasted, but if you've got any twists on our version then let us know in the comments section below.

Ingredients

  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1kg (2 1/4lb) lean minced beef
  • 2 glasses red wine
  • 1x400g can red kidney beans
  • 2x400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 green pepper, roughly chopped
  • 3tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 red chillies, thinly sliced, or 3-4 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 1tsp ground coriander
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large bunch coriander leaves, roughly chopped
  • Plain yogurt, sour cream or creme fraiche

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For extra kick, you can add 3tsp of finely-chopped jalapeno pepper to the onion and beef when you fry them. For more flavour, you can add a dash of cayenne pepper and a small amount of dried cloves to the seasoning. To get the most taste from your chilli, let it cool, then leave it in the fridge for a day or two so the flavours intensify.

Method

  1. Fry the onion and garlic in a large, heavy saucepan until softened. Turn up the heat and add the mince, cooking quickly until browned and breaking down any chunks with a wooden spoon. Pour in the wine and boil for 2-3 mins.
  2. Add the tomatoes, green pepper, tomato purée, ground coriander, chilli, cumin, cinnamon, and Worcestershire sauce and crumble in the stock cube. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Bring to a simmer, cover with a lid and cook over a low heat for about an hour, stirring occasionally until the mixture is thick.
  4. Add the kidney beans and fresh coriander. Cook for a further 10 mins, uncovered, before removing from the heat.
  5. Top each portion of chilli con carne with a dollop of plain yogurt, sour cream or creme fraiche and serve with rice, baked potatoes or crusty bread and a green salad.

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Karen

Hubby loved this! I subbed one of the cans of tomatoes for baked beans & added a TSP of cocoa powder and a splosh of Tabasco. Served with fries & topped with cheese.

Jill in Canada

What size glass of wine!!!

Amy Pilgrim

Me too... portion control peple!!

Phil in Oslo

I used 400ml of Guinness instead of the wine, and 3 extra birds eye chilli's . . . . . . and left it in a slow cooker for 3 hours, OMG !!! How good ?? Brilliant taste, and a bit of an afterburner on the tongue :-)

Charlotte Gunn - Editor

We've added them in now leanne - it was 1 can of kidney beans and 1 green pepper

Charlotte Gunn - Editor

Hi Katrina, you can indeed do it without the wine but it will just have a less rich flavour

Katrina Burne

can you do this without the wine

pinkpants

this is the best chilli con carne i have tasted by far, its hearty and has bags of flavour, instead of kidney beans i put in a tin of mixed beans its BRILL !

Katherine1992

Melanie kidney beans was listed.

Suzie

Is this recipe really for 4? I'd normally only use 500g of mince for 4 people....

Melanie

This was a great recipe but just as a FYI there was a couple of ingredients that were not listed: green peppers and kidney beans. Other than that it was fab!

darcy

today is the first time i have looked at this site and it looks great but would be even better if all the recipes were cal and fat counted thanks

leanne

how much green pepper and kidney beans do you need to add to the chilli con carne, as they have not been mentioned in the ingredients list. thanks

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