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Hearty chilli con carne recipe

Follow this easy recipe for a great wholesome meal that won't break the bank. Great for filling weekly dinners, or even cheap Mexican dinner party food!
chilli recipeCredit: Smabs Sputzer – Flickr
We love chilli con carne – it's a fail-safe tasty meal that you can cook in one pot (so less washing up!) and freeze in individual portions to have throughout the week, or whenever it takes your fancy really.

Chilli also works great as dinner party food, as you can add extras like guacamole, sour cream, grated cheese, tortillas and nachos to turn it into a real Mexican fest!

Don't forget you can also wrap it up in a tortilla with some rice and take it to uni in some foil as a homemade burrito! The options are endless...

Big fan of the one-pot dinner? Check out this great sausage and bean bake recipe next.

Chilli con carne


chilliServes: 4 | Costs: around £5

  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2 gloves of garlic, crushed
  • 250g beef mince
  • 450g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • tablespoon of tomato Puree
  • 1 red pepper
  • tin of kidney beans
  • beef stock cube (optional)
  • chilli powder
  • 25g dark chocolate (trust us on this one!)
  • rice



  1. Add some oil to a wok or a large pan over a medium heat. Brown the mince (so fry until there's almost no pink).
  2. Once the mince is browned, add the onions and garlic.
  3. Boil the kettle to make some beef stock (follow instructions on the pack to make this).
  4. Once the onions have gone translucent, add the tin of chopped tomatoes, the chopped red pepper and about a tablespoon of the tomato puree. Stir and add some seasoning.
  5. Pour in around half a litre of your beef stock. Stir again.
  6. Add as much chilli powder as you can bear (we'd suggest about half a teaspoon, as the boiling process can make your chilli pretty hot! Remember you can always add more later, but you can't take out). Leave the chilli to simmer for around 20 mins.
  7. Once the liquid has reduced, cook your rice. Boil-in-the-bag options are good for portion control but it's up to you!
  8. While the rice is cooking, add in the can of kidney beans and grate in the dark chocolate. This might sound crazy but the dark chocolate gives the chilli an added richness that you'll barely notice but love!
  9. Once the rice is cooked, divide the rice between plates/bowls and serve with a large helping of chilli on top.

Serve this with some grated cheese on top and sour cream or natural yoghurt  on the side if it's spicy!

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