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Beef chilli con carne

 41 ratings

Prep Time:5 mins

Cooking Time:40 mins

Serves:4 Adults


Beef chilli con carne

This simple recipe makes mincemeat a bit more exciting and is ideal for a quick dinner. It is also perfect for freezing in individual portions.

About this recipe

Recipe adapted from 101+ Square Meals


  • 450g / 1lb of minced beef
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 100g / 3½ oz. of frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1 medium pepper
  • 5 button mushrooms
  • ½ x 400g / 14 oz. tin of tomatoes
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 150ml / ¼ pint of boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon of chilli powder
  • 2 dessertspoons of tomato sauce
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • ½ x 240g / 8.5 oz. tin of kidney beans
  • 1 dessertspoon of plain flour


  1. Chop the onion, garlic, carrot, pepper and mushrooms
  2. Dissolve beef cube in a 150ml / ¼ pint of boiling water
  3. Put minced beef in dry frying pan. There is sufficient fat in mince for frying
  4. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes over a low heat until well browned, stirring all the time
  5. Add onions and garlic to the pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle on the flour and chilli powder and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring all the time
  6. Add beef stock, tomato sauce, tinned tomatoes and vegetables. Bring to the boil
  7. Add kidney beans to mince
  8. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the sauce is at the desired consistency

What you will need

  • Can opener
  • Chopping board
  • Chopping knife
  • Frying pan
  • Wooden spoon

Serving suggestions

Serve with wholegrain brown rice

"Make this meal as spicy as you want by adding more chilli powder!"

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