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This easy Chilli Con Carne recipe (or Chili Con Carne, if you're in the USA) is perfect for family dinners, not too spicy and easy to slow cook ready for later. Made with beef steaks (rather than mince) for a better texture, packed with extra vegetables, makes a brilliant freezer filler. https://www.tamingtwins.com

Easy Chilli Con Carne Recipe

An easy chilli con carne recipe, perfect for the whole family. This slow cooked beef steak dish is also a great freezer filler.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Family Food
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 269 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp Olive oil
  • 1 kg Braising steak or chuck steak, chopped into 2cm cubes
  • 1 large Onion sliced
  • 3 cloves Garlic peeled and crushed
  • 1 tbsp Ground cumin
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 Red chilli finely chopped (or more if you'd like more spice - 1 leaves this mild for children)
  • 1 tbsp Dark brown sugar
  • 2 tins Good quality tinned tomatoes I use Cirio
  • 500 ml Beef stock from a good quality stock cube is fine
  • 2 x 400g tins of Kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 3 Peppers chopped into big chunks (red or green work best)
  • Coriander rice, sour cream and tortilla chips to serve

Instructions

  1. Heat half of the olive oil in a large, deep, oven proof, pan. Pat the braising steak dry with kitchen paper and fry in batches until well browned.(See note 1)

  2. Preheat the oven to 160C.
  3. With all of the browned steak out of the pan, add the rest of the olive oil, the onion, garlic, cumin, paprika, chilli and sugar. (See note 2) Cook gently over a very low heat for about 15 minutes, until the onions are meltingly soft and everything is sticky and fragrant. (See note 1)

  4. Add the meat back into the pan, along with the tomatoes and beef stock, stir. Pop the lid on the pan and put into the oven.
  5. After an hour and a half, give everything a good stir. The meat should be quite soft now. If it isn't, put back in for another 30 minutes.
  6. Add the kidney beans and peppers and pop back into the oven for a final 15 minutes.
  7. Stir well and serve.

  8. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Don't push the beef steak pieces around the pan too much as it fries, just let it sit and fry off, getting really caramelised.

Note 2: Really let the onions cook down slowly, this adds a lovely depth of flavour I think.

  • If you want to add more heat to the adult portions of this chilli con carne when you serve it, just add more chopped raw fresh chilli or some Tabasco sauce.
  • If you’re following Slimming World, replace oil with FryLight, and count the syns for the sugar (which will be negligible across the 8 portions), serve with yoghurt and boiled rice.

Can I make ahead?

This is a prefect make ahead recipe, you can cook and keep in the fridge for 2-3 days, or keep leftovers for lunches.

Can I freeze?

Yes, once cooked allow to cool, and freeze in an air tight container. I like to use individual containers like these.

Can I cook in a Slow Cooker?

Yes you can, simply brown off your meat and add all the ingredients to you slow cooker before cooking on HIGH for 5-6 or LOW for 7-8 hours. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Chilli Con Carne Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
269
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
10
g
15
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Cholesterol
 
97
mg
32
%
Sodium
 
192
mg
8
%
Potassium
 
533
mg
15
%
Carbohydrates
 
7
g
2
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
36
g
72
%
Vitamin A
 
370
IU
7
%
Vitamin C
 
45.3
mg
55
%
Calcium
 
29
mg
3
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.