Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Really Good, Really Easy Chili con Carne - Recipe

Chili con Carne is one of my favourite mince dishes to eat. I love it with kidney beans and with a real kick to it and, up until a few years ago, I used to just buy a jar of pre-made Chili sauce. But the kids and Husband hated it with kidney beans so I decided to try and make it myself, completely from scratch and minus the dreaded beans, and it is now one of their favourite dishes too.

I still can't get over how easy it is to make Chili con Carne from scratch. It doesn't take too long and it must be healthier than buying the pre-made jars of sauce. It definitely tastes a lot better! So I thought I'd share my really good, really easy Chili con Carne recipe. You can add a tin of kidney beans in this recipe if you like them in your Chili.


500g of lean beef mince
1 onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 red pepper, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp light muscavado sugar
2 tsp chili powder (I use mild for the kids)
A good glug of Worcester sauce
2 cans of chopped tomatoes
Salt and pepper, to taste

Let's Cook It

Add a little olive oil to a large pot and gently fry the onion until soft. Add in the garlic and fry it for a minute. Add in the spices, the sugar, the bay leaves and the mince and fry until the mince is brown, constantly stirring and moving it around the pot. Add in the red pepper, the canned tomatoes and the Worcester sauce. You can add a bit of water to the pot if you feel it needs it but I never do. Give the Chili a good stir and add in salt and pepper to taste. Let the Chili simmer for about an hour. Serve it with rice or fill pitta breads with Chili and eat them with your hands.

If you can make this the day before you want to have it, it will taste even better!

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