Slow cooker chilli con carne served on two plates

Slow cooker chilli con carne

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(9 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 6 hrs - 8 hrs

Easy

Serves 6-8

Use whichever beans you have in the cupboard for this richly spiced beef and chipotle slow cooker chilli. It's a perfect meal to prepare for busy weeknights 

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: Per serving (8)

  • kcal281
  • fat13g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre6g
  • protein19g
  • salt0.03g
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Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
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  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

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  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 1 large red pepper, thickly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
    Oregano

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  • 2-3 tbsp chipotle chilli paste
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
    Tomato

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  • 400ml beef stock
  • 2 x 400g can black beans, drained
  • 4 small squares dark chocolate
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  • tortilla chips or cooked rice and soured cream, to serve
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Method

  1. Set the slow cooker to low. Heat 1½ tbsp oil in a large, non-stick pan over a high heat and fry the mince for 10-12 mins or until evenly browned. Tip into the slow cooker. 

  2. Heat the remaining oil in the pan. Fry the onion, celery and pepper for 10 mins or until softened. Add the garlic, cumin and paprika and fry for 1 min. Tip into the slow cooker. 3 Stir in the oregano, chipotle paste, tomato purée, tomatoes and stock. Season. Cover and cook for 6-8 hrs.

  3. Stir in the oregano, chipotle paste, tomato purée, tomatoes and stock. Season. Cover and cook for 6-8 hrs.

  4. Stir in the beans and chocolate during the final 30 mins of cooking. Serve with a bowl of rice or tortilla chips and a dollop of soured cream.

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Naomi R's picture
Naomi R
14th Jun, 2020
1.05
Be very careful with this one! The recipe does not state whether to cook the beans separately first. My partner and I used red kidney beans and found out that they can be VERY dangerous if you slow cook them, so we had to throw the whole thing away after lots of effort and time. Overall it looks like a great recipe, and taste tests throughout implied it would taste great, but we only wish we'd been warned of the beans. (You've bean warned.)
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