Recipes - Chilli Con Carne

Here's a delicious and flavourful recipe to store and return to again and again! A real classic and favourite that can be had in one meal or kept for more. Fuel the fire with some serious heat or keep it cool, it's up to you with how hot you go.

Chilli Con Carne - Serving 2/3

750g beef mince

2 peppers

1 tin chopped tomatoes

1 tsp tomato puree

1 tin chickpeas

1 tin kidney beans

1 tin chilli beans

Herbs & spices

Cooking Time - 30 mins to 1 hour

  1. Place a little bit of oil in your pan, heat and add the mince. Break the mince up and season with spices of your choice. (I use pepper, mixed herbs, garlic and cayenne pepper for a kick!)

  2. Keep an eye on the mince and stir occasionally. Chop the peppers and open your tins. Once the mince is mostly browned, add the tinned tomatoes and your tomato puree.

  3. After a couple of minutes, add in the beans and chickpeas. Continue to stir it on heat, allowing some of the juice to boil off.

  4. Add seasoning to the pan (I use the same again and some mild chilli) and taste. Continue to season until desired taste.

  5. After around 30 mins either remove from heat and serve, or allow to continue to cook for another 30 mins or so to really allow the seasoning to run through the dish.

  6. Serve and enjoy!

Now for those who like their chilli con carne to be hot, when we hit step 3 throw in some cut fresh chillies into the pan to add that real kick to this dish. Prefer it to be cool and have added too much heat? Use some sour cream to help bring the heat down, either mix it in the pan or add to your plate. A final tip, for those who feel there is just one thing missing, grate some cheese over the top as you serve on your plate and watch it melt in.

Delicious at serving time, or reheated as a lunch with a side of your choice.

Sides that can work fantastic with this recipe are rice(try and stick to the wholegrain!), jacket potato or feeling adventurous? Give cauliflower rice a try, simply cut the florets and place into a blender to cut fine, season with a little pepper and salt and place in a sealed bag in the microwave for a few minutes.

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