Two plates serving chilli with tacos, avocado and cheese

Slow cooker chilli

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(19 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 6 hrs - 7 hrs, 15 mins


Serves 4 adults + 2 - 4 children

Batch-cook this chilli and freeze for healthy dinners when you're pushed for time. It'll soon become a family favourite with hidden vegetables to nourish fussy eaters

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: Per serving (6 average portions)

  • kcal251
  • fat6g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre9g
  • protein23g
  • salt0.73g
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  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped



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

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 1 ½ tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder (optional)



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • 2 carrots, diced



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 sticks celery, diced



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 1 courgette, diced



    The courgette is a variety of cucurbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 400g lean beef mince
  • 3 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 x 400g can green lentils, drained and rinsed



    The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest…

  • 1 x 400g can flageolet beans, drained and rinsed
  • a selection of the following to serve: rice or tacos, soured cream, grated cheese and sliced avocado



    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 heavy-based pan. Cook the onion for 10 mins until softened and starting to caramelise. Add the garlic and spices and cook for a further 1-2 mins.

  2. Transfer to a slow cooker, along with the diced vegetables, mince, chopped tomatoes, stock cube and tomato purée. Stir well. Cook on low for 6-7 hours. About half an hour before serving, take off the lid and use a stick blender to blend in the vegetables (if your children aren’t keen to eat veg) or leave chunky. Stir through the lentils and flageolet beans. Replace the lid and heat through for a further half hour. Stir and serve with rice or tacos, soured cream, grated cheese and sliced avocado.

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mipo181's picture
13th Aug, 2019
This is not chilli. Chilli does not have carrots and courgettes in. Very bland as well. Disappointing.
15th Aug, 2018
Cooked today as we are desperate for our 9 year old to try different, healthy food- hey presto, this was a complete winner! We all loved it and my especially my daughter which is amazing, as she is such a fussy eater. 10 out of 10!
11th Dec, 2017
Great for the whole family! Really easy to prepare
13th Jun, 2019
Hi, This looks great. If you freeze it, what's the best to do when you want to take it out to eat. Reheat in the oven? What temp? Or fry? Do you need to defrost it first? Thanks very much!
goodfoodteam's picture
17th Jun, 2019
Thanks for your question. We'd suggest defrosting it in the fridge overnight and then reheating in a saucepan.
Ocean Sinclair's picture
Ocean Sinclair
9th Jan, 2019
I accidentally put the lentils and beans in at the start (silly me didn’t read properly) will that matter or will it still turn out ok?
goodfoodteam's picture
12th Jan, 2019
Thanks for your question. It's better to add them later to maintain their texture but don't worry, it'll still be good.
Michael Hajioannou's picture
Michael Hajioannou
9th Jan, 2019
do you just add the beef stock cue dry/whole, or add water as well? Can you use a stock pot or similar instead?
25th Sep, 2018
Hello, Do you add the lentils and beans if you are planning to freeze it?
goodfoodteam's picture
3rd Oct, 2018
Thanks for your question - yes, you can.
17th Sep, 2018
Do you put the mince into the slow cooker raw or fry it off first? Looking forward to trying this!
goodfoodteam's picture
19th Sep, 2018
Thanks for your question. In this recipe we suggest putting it in raw. This saves time and effort, while still giving great results.
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