Home Food // Chilli Con Carne

I love Mexican food. I’m pretty sure it’s because I love a good excuse to load my food with cheese, sour cream and guacamole! But growing up I always had an aversion to beans which made enjoying Mexican a little difficult. It is actually this chilli con carne recipe which began my foray into beans and whereupon I decided perhaps they weren’t so bad. Since becoming accustomed to the greatness of the humble bean, I increasingly find that they make a dish significantly more comforting. As is the case with chilli. Further the spices of cayenne pepper, cumin and cinnamon in this recipe give this dish a real warmth which is so homely.


I love making this dish for a weeknight dinner finished off with some cheese, sour cream and guac. It’s something slightly more exotic than the usual bolognaise and always makes me feel like the weekend will be around a little sooner than expected.

Preparation time: 10 min

Cooking time: 30 min

Serves: 4


– Onion x1, chopped
– Garlic cloves x2, crushed
– Beef mince x500g
– Kidney beans x1 400g tin, drained
– Chopped tomatoes x1 tin
– Tomato puree x1 tbsp
– Cayenne pepper x1 tspn
– Ground cumin x1 tspn
– Cinnamon x1 tspn
– Chilli flakes x ½ tspn
– Fresh coriander


1. Add a splash of olive oil to a pot on a medium heat. Fry the chopped onion and garlic until translucent.
2. Add cayenne pepper, cumin, cinnamon and chilli flakes and fry for 2-3 minutes.
3. Add the mince and fry until browned.
4. Once the mince is browned add the tinned tomatoes and the tomato puree and leave to simmer for about 15-20min. The longer you can cook this for the better the flavours become, however for a weeknight dinner I seldom have longer than 20min to leave this to simmer.
5. After 20min drain the kidney beans and add to the mince. Leave the beans to warm through for about 5min.
6. Just before serving, stir through a handful of chopped fresh coriander.

I generally serve my chilli with brown rice and finish it off with a spoonful of either guacamole or fresh avo, sour cream and grating of whatever cheese I happen to have in the fridge.

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