Chilli Con Carne


Our take on a simple, but delicious, chilli con carne can be on the table in half an hour. Recipe serves up to 4 people.

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Chilli con carne
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2015-03-12, this recipe is for 4 people and takes 40 minutes.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 26-10-2023

40 minutes 4 people Main course
Chilli con carne


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  • 1 kg beef mince
  • 400 grams red kidney beans (1 can, drained)
  • 400 grams diced canned tomatoes (1 can, drained)
  • 3 teaspoons tomato purée
  • 2 large onions
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 yellow pepper
  • 1 red Romano pepper or 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 200 ml beef stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Spring onions to serve
Chilli con carne ingredients
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  • Chopping board
  • Chef's knife
  • Frying pan
  • Wooden spoon

Chilli Con Carne

40 minutes 4 people Main course

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Preparation – 10 minutes

Peel and chop the onion and garlic as finely as possible. Remove the seeds from the peppers and cut them into fine dice. Wash the spring onions, slice finely, and set aside.  

Chilli con carne
Chilli con carne

Finishing the chilli con carne – 30 minutes

Heat a splash of olive oil in a frying pan and sauté the onions and garlic over a medium heat. Add the mince and cook until browned. Add the diced peppers, tomato purée and all the herbs.

Fry everything for a few minutes, then add the canned tomato and beef stock. Place a lid on the frying pan and let it simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Finally, add the red kidney beans and let them heat through for a few minutes. Season with more herbs, salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish the dish with spring onions. Enjoy your meal!

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Chilli Con Carne: frequently asked questions

What is the difference between chilli and chilli con carne?

A chilli can be made with chicken, turkey, sweet potatoes, corn, beans and so on. There are an infinite number of variations.

A chilli con carne means “chilli with meat”, and is specifically made with red meat (usually minced beef).

What should I serve with chilli con carne?

Boiled rice, potatoes, or a nice crusty baguette, all make tasty side dishes. Tortilla chips also go really well with chilli con carne.