Sara's chilli con carne

Sara's chilli con carne

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Ideal for entertaining families with kids, this classic chilli dish is quick, hassle-free and great to have in the freezer

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
820
protein
75g
carbs
59g
fat
34g
saturates
12g
fibre
16g
sugar
21g
salt
5g

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large onions, halved and sliced
  • 3 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp mild chilli powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1kg pack lean minced beef
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 beef stock cubes (we like Just Bouillon)
  • 2 large red peppers, deseeded and cut into chunks
  • 10 sundried tomatoes
  • 3 x 400g cans red kidney beans, drained

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 3. Heat the oil, preferably in a large flameproof casserole, and fry the onions for 8 mins. Add the garlic, spices and oregano and cook for 1 min, then gradually add the mince, stirring well until browned. Stir in the tomatoes, add half a can of water, then crumble in the stock and season.
  2. Cover and cook in the oven for 30 mins. Stir in the peppers and sundried tomatoes, then cook for 30 mins more until the peppers are tender. Stir in the beans.
  3. To serve: Reheat on the hob until bubbling. Serve with avocado or a big salad with avocado in it, some basmati rice or tortilla chips and a bowl of soured cream.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2007

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NewCalGal's picture

Good recipe...lots of opportunities to change it up...chacun son goût! Chile con carne à la Texas usually has no beans and never ground, only cubed beef.

carrow's picture

really nice chilli recipe, my kids loved it, my husband and I would have liked it a bit hotter but still lovely. I didn`t put in sundried tomatoes and I wouldn`t put them in when I make it again. I only used 1 can of kidney beans. With this recipe I had lots left over so made burritos a few days later, and the chilli tasted better when it had time to rest. 2 meals in 1. Will be making again soon

helenhogg77's picture

Fantastic - made in the slow cooker and it is excellent, hubby even said it was the best chilli he's ever had! Bit gutted as it's not my recipe :-)

catrionaherd's picture
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Surely the quantities are wrong! 3x400g can beans ......to serve 4 people....?

inkypink's picture

Decent chilli. Good texture and ideal for those who like it without too much heat. Easy to do. However, I read other comments before I started and amended thus. 500g of mince, 1 tin of kidney beans is plenty. I only had hot chilli powder so used about half but I could have done with more kick. Used a Knorr beef stock pod (whatever they call those jelly like things). Slightly less onion. Cooked night before and re-heated today. I really can't see how this recipe could manage 3 tins of kidney beans, even with more beef. Visions of camp fire in Blazing Saddles!!

orlaithg27's picture
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Nicest chilli I have tasted. Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between bolognese and chilli but myself and my partner loved it. Only made it last week an it's on then menu again for tomorrow nite!

orlaithg27's picture
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Nicest chilli I have tasted. Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between bolognese and chilli but myself and my partner loved it. Only made it last week an it's on then menu again for tomorrow nite!

janeguthrietate's picture

I do not rate this recipe at all!!!! Who ever heard of CHILLI CON CARNE WITH NO CHILLI???????????????? NO. NOT A GOOD RECIPE, SORRY.

DMR's picture

This is a ridiculous comment - the 4th item in the ingredient list is "chilli powder".

ishouldbeeating's picture
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Lovely. Did it in the slow cooker. Only had hot chilli powder so used 1/4tsp instead of 2tsp. Demolished by the whole family including the toddler. Loads of leftovers to freeze.

jimiskewl's picture

I tried this in the slow cooker on a medium heat for around eight hours. I only used 1 tin of beans, 5 garlic cloves, 500g mince and tomato puree in lieu of the sun dried tomatoes . Came out great and tasted delicious but I would use lean mince next time as suggested in the recipe as the fat settled on the top and had to be skimmed off. The red peppers make a real nice touch to my normal chilli recipe so I'll defiantly try this again.

flossydrop's picture
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I made this yesterday and cooked throughout the day in a slow cooker. The meal went down well with my family. I personally always feel that chilli is best once chilled or frozen so I am sure it will be even better when we have the batch I froze next week :-)

I did use kidney beans in chilli sauce so maybe cheated a little but they always add some depth to a dish. Personally I would add the actual beans much closer to the end next time as they went a little hard, I think 1.5 hours max in slow cooker would be suitable.

A great family meal that allows you to cook extra for busy evenings. I think I have enough for another 2 dinners for us so a good value meal.

slaterm's picture
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I did the slow cooker option and it was beautiful!

dizzycooking's picture
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I love chilli, and this is most definetly one of the nicest. Definetly give this one a bash

sealgaire's picture
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this can easily be made into 6 portions which I have done and frozen

sealgaire's picture
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This can easily be made into 6 portions which I have done and frozen.

amohamy's picture
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Left out some of the ingredients as was going by what was in the cupboards. Was very tasty, however would use less chilli powder next time as it was a bit too hot for my liking!

rozzyx's picture
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I found this yesterday and made it last night, it was great! I fiddled around with the amounts a bit as I didn't want it to serve 4. I used half the amount of beef and 3 tsps of the spices and only 1 can of kidney beans as I don't like them loads. It was delicious and with rice and some grated cheese totally yummy! Still made enough for 4 though, so me and bf both took some for lunch at work.

dizzycooking's picture
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Yummy, filling but not heavy. Definetly worth giving a go, also it's not too spicy for those who are mild at heart

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