Chilli con carne tacos recipe

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serves: 6 - 8
Skill: easy
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 50 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 215 kCal 11%
Fat 11g 16%
  -  Saturates 4g 20%

Chilli con carne is a classic Mexican dish that so simple to make and great for a Tex Mex themed dinner party meal. Serve your chilli con carne in crisp taco shells with fresh shredded lettuce and grated cheese for a delicious finish. The softness of the mince and the crisp taco shells make a great combo. This recipe is quick and easy and perfect for sharing.


  • 2tbsps sunflower oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 level tsp ground cumin
  • 1 level tbsp chilli powder — mild or hot
  • 500g lean minced beef
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 level tsp dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 level tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g can kidney beans, drained
  • 50-75g dark chocolate
  • Salt, to taste
  • Taco shells, shredded lettuce and grated cheese, to serve


  • Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion and garlic. Cook over a medium heat for about 7-10 mins, or until the onion has softened. Add the cumin and chilli to the pan and cook for 1-2 mins.

  • Add the minced beef and cook for about 5 mins, stirring it occasionally, until the meat has browned all over. Then stir in the canned tomatoes, oregano, bay leaf and tomato purée.

  • Bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for about 30 mins.

  • Stir the kidney beans into the mixture and heat through. Add the chocolate and stir until melted. Add salt to taste.

  • Serve chilli con carne in a taco with some shredded lettuce and grated cheese on top.

Top tip for making Chilli con carne tacos

If the sauce thickens too much, stir in a little boiling water to thin it to the desired consistency.

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