Best ever chilli con carne

Classic chilli con carne

  • serves 6
  • A little effort

Our take on the family classic, chilli con carne. This recipe is packed full of flavour with subtle hints of spice (plus it's great for freezing). Serve with steamed rice and a dollop of natural yogurt


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  • olive oil
  • garlic 3 cloves, crushed
  • green peppers 2, diced
  • onions 2, finely diced
  • mild chilli powder 2-3 tbsp 
  • ground paprika 1½ tbsp
  • ground cumin 1½ tbsp
  • tomato purée 2 tbsp
  • red wine a splash
  • lean minced beef 500g
  • passata 300g
  • chopped tomatoes 400g tin
  • red kidney beans 400g tin


  • Step 1

    Warm the oil with the garlic in a large heavy-based pan with a lid. Allow to fry gently for 1 minute without colouring.

  • Step 2

    Add the peppers and onions and fry until softened and the onions are translucent. Add the spices and fry with the onions and peppers for a few minutes.

  • Step 3

    Add the tomato purée, mix well and add enough wine to deglaze the pan and loosen the mixture. Break up and mix in the minced beef. Fry gently stirring regularly until browned.

  • Step 4

    Add the passata and tinned tomatoes then fill the tin with water and add to the pan. Season and bring gently to the boil.

  • Step 5

    Turn heat down and simmer with the lid on for at least 1 hour, stirring regularly to ensure the chilli doesn’t burn.

  • Step 6

    Take the lid off and reduce until thickened for 30 minutes. Add a splash more wine or water if needed.

  • Step 7

    When the sauce has reduced and become rich and thick, add the kidney beans for the final 10 minutes to heat through.

  • Step 8

    Serve with brown rice, mixed salad and natural yoghurt.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 325
  • Fat 15.8g
  • Saturates 4.5g
  • Carbs 21.5g
  • Fibre 5g
  • Protein 25.4g
  • Salt 1.12g