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Chili con carne

Chili con carne

Chilli con Carne

This recipe for a Mexican Chili con carne or chilli con carne is a Mexican (and Texan) dish made with ground beef, beans and chilli.

There are many variations of how to make this recipe, and this is mine. It has the chili con carne taste of chili spices and beans and ground beef.

Many Texans think that beans should not be present in a chilli con carne. But outside Texas and Oklahoma they tend to be included.

So for those who claim that chili con carne is a Texan dish, need to remember the history. Texas used to be part of Mexico. Though Texas was not Mexican for very long, Texas WAS Mexican before it became part of the USA, not so long ago, back in 1845.

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The perfect recipe for parties

Over the years this has been a very useful recipe to know. Often, when we have a birthday party or some other party, we will provide food.

This is often the dish we will serve up. This is because it is so easy to produce upfront in quantity.

You just warm it up when you need it. It also seems to cope well with being re-heated several times. You should put in the fridge after re-heating though.

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Chilli con carne

When we have a lot of guests we serve this up in the pan so that people can help themselves like a buffet.

You can serve it up with white rice, or with nachos and guacamole, or with some garlic bread.

How to cool down chili con carne

Chilli con carne should really be a bit spicy and you can regulate that with the type, and amount of chilli powder and chilli’s that you use.

In my view, the hotter the better 😊. If you like it really hot, then try using some scorpion chillis – they used to be the hottest in the World!

Either way, you should provide some crème Fraiche to cool it down in case you have made it too hot for some people’s palate.

Either crème fraiche or sour cream works well to take away the burning sensation from the chili.

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Chili con carne

Large batch production

This meal is another great one for meal prepping. Make in a large batch and freeze in smaller portions for a re-heat in the microwave during the week.

This is a super dish for the busy working parent that cannot get home in time for the family dinner.

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Or perfect for a single girl or guy that just does not want to cook during the week. We do not call re-heating something in the microwave ‘cooking’.

Having said that, I have a good friend, Janus. Whenever I used to meet him at the fast-food joint in the local village Janus would always say ‘it’s my turn to cook tonight’ (as he collected his take-out!!)

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Really this is probably also the perfect meal to cook in a slow cooker or crock-pot.

I have, since originally writing this post, tried it in the Instant Pot. Check out my Instant Pot Chili Con Carne recipe!

Oh, and although I am sure Texas has some great chilli recipes, we still think that beans belong in chilli-con-carne!!

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I hope you enjoy trying this simple and tasty recipe. If you do, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

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chili con carne

Chili con carne

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This spicy Mexican dish is great for making in quantity for parties. Serve up with nachos and guacamole or with white rice or even just some garlic bread.

Garnish with some grated cheese if you like. And don't forget the Crème Fraiche !


  • 600g minced beef
  • White Rice (I use Basmati - amount to suit)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • Olive oil
  • 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 400g tin of kidney beans
  • 100g sweet corn
  • 2 sweet peppers
  • 1 red chilli
  • ½ tsp dried chillis (or some fresh hot jalapenos or scorpion chillis)
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 3 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp Heinz tomato Ketchup
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Crème Fraiche


  • Grated cheddar


  1. I normally make this is in my wok so I do not spill it on the hob (unless making a large batch when I will use my stockpot).
  2. Fry the onion and garlic in the wok in the olive oil until soft. Then add the mince and cook until fully browned. When the meat is completely brown, pour any excess fat from the pan. I use the pan lid to do this.
  3. Then add the tomatoes and stock and bring to the boil. Add the chopped peppers and kidney beans into the wok and bring to a simmer.
  4. Then add the Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, red wine vinegar and chilli. Cover with a lid and simmer for about 30 minutes. Stir regularly and keep an eye on the thickness of the sauce. If it gets too thick then just add more water.
  5. Meanwhile cook some white rice. I do this in my rice cooker.
  6. 10 minutes before the sauce is ready add the sweet corn. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Check the spiciness and adjust by adding more chillies if need be.


Serve up in a bowl with rice or with guacamole and nachos. Serve with crème fraiche to cool down if it is too hot and some cheddar cheese to sprinkle on the top if people so wish.

It is also good served with garlic bread.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 458Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 526mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 33g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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