Best ever tex-mex style chilli con carne

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Our most popular chilli con carne recipe EVER! Made Tex-Mex style with aged minced beef, chipotle powder, red wine, 70% dark chocolate and semi-dried tomatoes.



  • onion 1 large
  • garlic 2 large cloves, crushed
  • olive oil
  • good quality or aged minced beef 500g
  • chipotle powder or paste 3 tsp
  • ground cumin 2 tsp
  • ground coriander 1 tsp
  • cayenne pepper 1/4 tsp
  • dried oregano 1/2 tsp
  • tomato purée 1 tbsp
  • chopped tomatoes 1 x 400g tin
  • red wine 250ml
  • 70% dark chocolate 20g
  • semi-dried tomatoes 4, chopped
  • vegetable stock cube
  • kidney beans 2 x 400g tins
  • red pepper cut into chunks (optional) 


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan160C/gas4. Gently fry the onion and garlic in 1 tbsp of olive oil in a heavy based casserole. Turn up the heat and add the mince – i like to leave some larger chunks together – and fry until evenly browned and you have a light crust on the bottom of the pan. add the chipotle, spices and dried oregano, then cook for 1 minute until the meat is well coated.

  • Step 2

    Add the purée, chopped tomatoes, wine, chocolate, semi-dried tomatoes, stock cube and kidney beans. (You can use less or no wine if you prefer, just use water instead, plus a small splash of vinegar or lemon juice.) Put in the oven with a lid on for at least 1 hour 30 minutes. Add the peppers (if using) for the last 30 minutes – you may need to add a touch of water at this stage as well.

  • Step 3

    Serve with quinoa, iceberg lettuce, avocado salsa (or guacamole), fresh coriander and a dash of Tabasco.

    You could also try:

    * Swap kidney beans for black beans (tinned or dried and cooked).

    * Make your chilli chunky by using hand-cut beef: buy a piece of chuck or braising steak and cut it into pea-sized pieces (or bigger if you like it really chunky).

    * Bump it up with more vegetables if you want it to go further – add more peppers, courgettes and cherry tomatoes. 

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 589
  • Carbs 25g
  • Protein 34.5g
  • Fat 32g
  • Salt 2.3g
  • Fibre 9g