Mexican bean chilli

Mexican bean chilli

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(14 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 4
The secret ingredient in this chipotle-spiced, beef chilli con carne is a storecupboard favourite - baked beans

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal419
  • fat24g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre7g
  • protein31g
  • salt1.9g
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  • 1 onion, diced



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

  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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    Olive oil

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

  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 500g beef mince
  • 415g can baked beans
  • 150ml beef stock
  • 1 tbsp chipotle paste
  • coriander leaves, rice and yogurt, to serve


  1. Fry the onion and red pepper in olive oil over a medium heat for 10-15 mins or until softened. Increase the heat, add the chilli powder and cook for a few minutes before adding the mince. Cook until browned and all the liquid has evaporated.

  2. Tip in the baked beans, beef stock and chipotle paste. Simmer over a low heat for 15-20 mins. Season, scatter with coriander leaves and serve with rice and yogurt.

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9th Aug, 2018
A really great recipe. I went for Cayenne powder and with the chipotle, it made quite a nice spicy, delicious chilli. Served with Tilda Mexican Bean Rice and a dollop of fat-free natural yoghurt.
31st May, 2014
I've just cooked and eaten this delicious dish; I've made chilli before but this recipe is by far the one I'll be returning to. No complaints whatsoever.
30th Apr, 2014
I have to be honest I was a bit dubious about the baked bean thing, but my partner and I actually really enjoyed this. Served with sour cream and chive dip, corn on the cob and chilli tortillas. Will definitely make again.
20th Mar, 2014
I replaced the baked beans with kidney beans to make it more authentic. I also replaced the chipotle pasta with finely chopped chilli. It certainly was tasty. Next time I will use a little more stock as the mix was a little dry - I should have realised that my version would not have so much sauce as the original. Also I think that adding some veg would be a good idea.
8th Feb, 2014
Delicious! I swapped peppers for mushrooms and added paprika, tomato paste and garlic served with potato wedges, very simple and tasty.
Frantic Flapjack
28th May, 2013
This was very quick and easy to make. Tasty and well received. Served with rice.
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20th May, 2013
Made this tonight and it was delicious. The only additions I made were a hint of fresh garlic and chilli as I had some available.
16th May, 2013
This is really quick and very tasty. I love chipotle paste it gives a real smokey favour. I couldn't find any in tesco, but sainsbury's have some in a very small pot. It's not cheap bur to be honest you don't use a lot so it goes a long way. I also loved the taste the baked beans gave the chilli with the tomato sauce. I serve it with Greek yogurt, salad and tortillas. There is also a recipe for sausage casserole with baked beans. Another very quick and very tasty cheap family meal.
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