Ultimate Chilli con Carne

Ultimate Chilli con Carne


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About this recipe: This is truly an amazing chilli con carne. The recipe gets its trademark by the addition of coffee and dark beer. Don't be afraid to try this! Freeze in batches with great success.


Serves: 8 

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 500g minced beef
  • 325g beef sirloin steak, cubed
  • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes with juice
  • 1 can or bottle dark beer
  • 225ml strong filter coffee
  • 325g tomato puree
  • 450ml beef stock
  • 100g dark brown soft sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 (400g) tins kidney beans
  • 4 fresh hot chillies, seeded and chopped

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:2hr  ›  Ready in:2hr20min 

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook onions, garlic, mince and cubed sirloin in oil for 10 minutes, or until the meat is well browned and the onions are tender.
  2. Mix in the diced tomatoes with juice, beer, coffee, tomato puree and beef stock. Season with brown sugar, chilli powder, cumin, cocoa, oregano, cayenne pepper, coriander and salt. Stir in 2 tins of the beans and hot chillies. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Stir in the 2 remaining tins of beans, and simmer for another 30 minutes.

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Reviews (6)


Absolutely superb! I substituted a tin of baked beans instead of kidney bean, just because that was all I had, and it worked just fine. The longer it's simmered the better. Great recipe, well done! - 13 Mar 2013


Made in the slow cooker....best Chilli we have ever tasted!!!....Tasted even better the next day. No more cook in sauces in this house. - 27 Apr 2016


made this last night......tweaked a little swapped the cocoa for some dark chocolate......added some paprika......used braising/stewing steak....minced some of it and diced the rest.....and used a variety of beans that i had in the cupboard......shuvved the whole lot in my slow cooker.......was lush.....has to be one of my favourite chilli recipes...... - 28 Apr 2016

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