Chilli in pan with herbs and lime wedges

Healthy chilli

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(49 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 15 mins


Serves 4

Use chunks of stewing beef in this healthy chilli con carne for a robust and filling dish. Serve with rice and coriander

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal300
  • fat13g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs21g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre6g
  • protein26g
  • salt0.9g
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  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra if needed
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 400g diced stewing beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1-2 tbsp chipotle paste (or gluten-free alternative), depending on how spicy you like it
  • 400g can kidney bean in chilli sauce
    Kidney beans scattered on a white surface

    Kidney beans

    kid-nee beenz

    Native to the Americas, kidney beans are so called because of their shape and come in very…

  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 1 lime, zested and cut into wedges



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • ¼ small pack coriander, leaves only
  • cooked rice, to serve (optional)



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and cook the beef pieces for a few mins on each side until browned all over. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.

  2. Add the onion to the pan, with extra oil if needed, and cook until softened. Stir in the garlic, cumin and chipotle paste, and cook for 1 min. Sieve the kidney beans, reserving the sauce. Add this sauce, along with the chopped tomatoes and a can full of water, to the pan. Stir well, then return the meat to the pan. Bring to a simmer, then cook, covered, for 2 hrs or until the beef is tender (or bake in the oven for 3 hrs at 160C/140C fan/gas 3).

  3. Add the reserved kidney beans and lime zest, season and warm through. Serve with a scattering of coriander leaves, the lime wedges to squeeze over, and rice, if you like.

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karen eggleton's picture
karen eggleton
27th Jun, 2020
I did as the recipe said although I added a fresh beef tomato, ground coriander, dash of paprika, a beef stock, fresh chilli & some red wine. (All things I had in the kitchen) Was delicious and would cook again - hubby loved also
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Louise Dunks
18th May, 2020
I cooked this for a family of 4 cooking during lock down, kids weren't convinced and felt confused by the chunks of meat having eaten chilli in the usual sense of mince, but overall was very enjoyable. I cooked with the lid off for the last 20 minutes as the sauce didn't seem to thicken to my liking and was delicious. Probably would serve with bread and butter or a garlic bread. Will definitely cook again.
8th Feb, 2020
I’ve been looking for a Chilli recipe for a long time, and now I have and thank you to Katy Greenwood!! This is ever so tasty and super easy to make. Its now going to be regular meal.
23rd Oct, 2019
I did this in the slow cooker for 6-8 hours with a small beef joint and it was amazing!!! Best chilli I’ve ever had, I don’t think I’ll ever make one with mince again now
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Lawrie McMillan
4th Sep, 2018
I make this in my slow cooker. I struggle to find Kidney Beans in chilli sauce but I just add more chipotle and the slow cooker benefits from less liquids anyway. I only add lime if I have a ripe one growing, otherwise I am not too bothered. This is a fab healthy meal with cauliflower rice.
15th Mar, 2018
Did no-one find this very watery??
amandajanepidgley's picture
30th Apr, 2017
This recipe is really tasty, will definitely make again. I made it on the hob on a lazy Sunday afternoon, delicious. Wouldn't bother with the coriander or lime next time.
7th Feb, 2017
Love this recipe! I make it in the slow cooker and it's perfect every time!
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22nd Oct, 2016
Followed recipe approximately! I added a beef oxo, glass of red wine and tomato purée. Was gorgeous - will definitely make again. Tried with 4 good teaspoons of chipotle but too hot so will go with half that next time, and also season the meat. Threw it all in a slow cooker, didn't brown the meat first or anything, judged the timing slightly wrong and will do for 6 hours on low next time. Lovely, deep taste to the dish. I can tell it's gonna be a favourite!
14th Aug, 2016
I love this chilli recipe. The only thing I do differently is add a red pepper. Sometimes I make in the slow cooker in which case the extra can of water is not needed.


20th Nov, 2019
How would I go about making double in a slow cooker?
12th Sep, 2016
Hi, could you use chilli powder or fajita seasoning instead of the chipotle paste?
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13th Sep, 2016
Thanks for your question. We have only tested the recipe with chipotle paste which adds a subtle and delicious smoky flavour. If you want to try with either chilli or fajita powder, you'll need to adjust the quantity to taste (watch out for heat!) and also be aware that the flavour will differ from the original recipe.
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