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chilli con carne
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Chilli Con Carne

A tasty, versatile and budget-friendly dish made with minced beef.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian, Mexican
Keyword: chilli con carne
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 577kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 500 grams beef mince
  • 1 green capsicum, chopped
  • 400 grams canned tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder (for very mild heat, x2,3 or 4 for medium-hot heat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 400 grams tinned red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 10 grams dark chocolate (2 small squares, optional)


  • Cook onion and garlic in oil over low-medium heat in a large frypan for a few minutes until onion is translucent.
  • Add bay leaf, chilli powder, basil, paprika, salt and pepper, mince and capsicum and cook over med-high heat until mince is browned and there is no liquid in the pan.
  • Add tomatoes and stock. Bring to the boil and then turn down heat so mixture is gently simmering.
  • Simmer for one hour, topping up with water as necessary so the mixture maintains the consistency of bolognese.
  • When ready to serve, add beans and chocolate and stir over low heat for a few minutes.


Calories: 577kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 1334mg | Potassium: 1376mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 422IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 7mg