Basic chilli con carne

    1 hour 40 min

    I often make a pan of chilli con carne, especially when it's cold out. You can of course refine the chlili according to your own tastes or use other spices. I serve usually only with bread and a mixed salad, though you can serve over white rice or a jacket potato.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1 green chilli
    • 1 red chilli
    • 2 tablespoons oil, divided
    • 800g beef mince
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 1 green pepper, diced
    • 1 red pepper, diced
    • 2 (400g) tins whole plum tomatoes
    • chilli powder
    • salt and black pepper to taste
    • 500ml beef stock
    • 400g tin red kidney beans, drained
    • 425g sweetcorn kernels (optional)
    • 1 bunch parsley, finely chopped

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Extra time:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr40min 

    1. Wash the chillies, halve lengthways, remove seeds and stem and chop finely.
    2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan, add the mince and break apart with a wooden spoon. Add onion and garlic and cook everything on low heat.
    3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a frying pan and fry the peppers and chillies over medium heat. Then add the tomatoes and season with some chilli powder, salt and pepper.
    4. Add the peppers to the mince and cook for five minutes over a medium heat. Then add the beef stock, bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Finally, add the beans and sweetcorn to the pan and heat well.
    5. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.

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    Great recipe everything you need however when cooking the hamburger/mince drain off the excess water BEFORE you add the onions and garlic or your flavour will go down the drain. A pinch of sugar will give that extra zing along with garlic buttered toast of course. I use lean mince and include chopped celery with the onions  -  12 Dec 2012


    this went down so well with my daughter and my friend. they loved it.  -  09 Nov 2012


    Thanks for sharing first chilli I've tasted it's gorgeous I adjust from time to time by adding few more ingredients, i make it every week and have to have cheese with it, 1tablespoon of chilli is spicy enough for kids but I like 2-3 .love it and so quick to make  -  20 Mar 2017