Chilli con carne Recipe

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10 min


1 hr 30 min

Chilli con carne is the affordable mid-week favourite that the whole family will love eating again and again. This recipe shows you how to make classic beef chilli.

This chilli con carne recipe is one of our favourite Mexican dishes because it’s great for families and students too as it’s cheap and easy to make and comes with a delicious, spicy kick!

The best part about making this easy chilli con carne is that you can make enough for lunch or dinner the next day as it tastes even better after a few days. Just pop your leftovers in the fridge and then it will save you cooking on another night. 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 it will save you so much time and money when you’re in a rush to make dinner.

Chilli con carne is one of our favourite cheap family meals, particularly in the winter months, as it reheats so easily. With protein-rich beef and beans, this is also a healthy chilli recipe. 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. Serving 4 people, this dish is perfect if you’re cooking a family meal or cooking for friends and family because it’s a filling recipe that’s great for either lunchtime or dinner. There are also multiple serving options depending on what you fancy!

Serve this chilli con carne with rice, on top of tortilla chips or wrapped in soft tortilla wraps with guacamole and salsa. However you enjoy your chilli, this is classic Mexican dish that everyone will love!


  • 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


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Add the kidney beans and fresh coriander. Cook for a further 10 mins, uncovered, before removing from the heat.

  • 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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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.