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Classic chilli con carne – easy to make and delicious to taste. Whether you’re creating a Mexican style feast accompanied by crisps and dips, or creating a winter warming British bite, making chilli con carne is a staple for all year round. Find the ultimate recipe for chilli con carne and learn to wow your taste buds.

The Beef

Beef Mince

Ground beef is usually the go-to mince when making chilli con carne. Using around 500g of lean minced beef should be the right amount to feed 3-4 people, while leaving a little extra room for dessert (that’s if you don’t go back for seconds).

Looking for a veggie option? Use a combination of kidney beans, black beans and vegetables with the right spices, and your chilli sans carne can be just as tasty, and just as filling. Alternatively, you can also use Quorn for your meat-free chilli dish.

The Veg

Kidney Beans

Equally as important as the beef, the veg provides that fresh crunch to the Mexican flavour and an additional zest for your taste buds. The veggies fill out the sauce, creating a healthy blend that complements the mincemeat. Tinned tomatoes provide the main bulk of your chilli sauce, while the additional beans help to give it some substance. You can either use pinto beans or kidney beans, alongside finely chopped onion and red peppers if required.

The Seasoning

Garlic and Chilli

When making your classic chilli con carne recipe, seasoning your ingredients is the difference between real chilli con carne and a plate of minced beef and rice. Use a blend of minced garlic, tomato puree, fresh chilli or chilli flakes, ground cumin, oregano, salt and pepper to achieve the classic flavour you’re looking for.

How Do You Make Chilli Con Carne?

Step 1.
Heat a large saucepan with oil and begin to fry your onion and garlic until soft.

Step 2.
Add the beef mince and increase the heat, cooking until browned – make sure to break down any large chunks of meat so it all cooks evenly.

Step 3.
Stir in your desired vegetables and add your seasoning for your chilli sauce into the pan. A stock cube can be added at this point to create an extra bit of flavour for your dish. Cook on a low heat for about an hour, stirring occasionally.

Step 4.
Add your choice of beans to your sauce and continue to cook for 10 minutes.

Step 5.
Your classic chilli con carne dish is ready to be taken off the heat and served.


How To Serve Chilli

Chilli con Carne with Nachos

Commonly served as a Mexican dish, tortilla chips work well with the chilli, as do the classic Mexican style dips including guacamole, sour cream and American cheese. Tacos are the ultimate Mexican accompaniment to chilli dishes – load up with your chilli, your dips and a little bit of simple salad and you’re ready to go, Mexican style.

Cooked too much? Store your leftover chilli con carne in the fridge in single portions and, when you need to whip up a quick meal after work, pop a baked potato in the oven while you warm up your chilli in the microwave. Serve on the side or load up the potato with chilli for a British-Mexican infusion.


Whichever way you choose to serve up your beef chilli recipe, don’t forget to pick up all the ingredients you’ll need from your local convenience store.