Chilli con carne

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  • Serves: 4

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  • Costs: Cheap as chips

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Spice level Medium
  • Freezable
  • Make in advance

Chilli con carne is an easy dish to make and this recipe shows you how to make classic beef chilli. A Mexican favourite, this recipe for chilli con carne is great for families and students too as it's cheap, easy and delicious, with a spicy kick. The best part about making this easy chilli con carne recipe is that you can make enough for later as it tastes even better after a few days - and it will save you cooking again! 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 and saves you so much time and money when you’re in a rush to make dinner. Chilli con carne is one of our favourite family meals, particularly in the winter months, as it reheats so easily. With protein-rich beef and beans, this is also a healthy chilli con carne recipe, as it’s a filling recipe that's perfect for lunchtime or dinner. This recipe makes the 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. This recipe takes 1hr and 40 mins to make and is well worth the wait. Most of this time is needed for this recipe to cook, so you can leave it to bubble away while you get on with other stuff or enjoy some downtime. Serving 4 people, this dish is perfect if you’re cooking a family meal or cooking for friends and family. Served with rice, tortilla chips and wrapped in soft tortilla wraps with guacamole and salsa, this is classic Mexican dish that everyone will love!

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.


  • 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


  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.

Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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I don't serve it with rice. I find this far too filling and too boring to be honest. I put a layer or Corn Chips in the bottom of the bowl, cover with grated cheese, cover that with a large portion of chilli and then add more grated cheese on top. It is gorgeous.


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

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

Charlotte Gunn

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


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 !


Melanie kidney beans was listed.


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


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!


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


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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