Two plates serving chilli with tacos, avocado and cheese

Child-friendly slow cooker chilli

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

Easy

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 veg 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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Ingredients

  • 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
    Onion

    Onion

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

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
    Cumin

    Cumin

    q-min

    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)
    Chillies

    Chilli

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

  • 2 carrots, diced
    Carrot

    Carrot

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

  • 2 sticks celery, diced
    Celery

    Celery

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

  • 1 courgette, diced
    Courgette

    Courgette

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

    Tomato

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    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
    Lentils

    Lentils

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    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

    Rice

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

Method

  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 you’re 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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