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Chili Recipe



HT MC Mexican 90mins


An easy traditional chili (Chilli)  recipe using minced beef, kidney Beans and tinned tomatoes. This recipe is also often called Chilli Con Carne


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550g/1¼lb Minced Beef

1 Large Onion, sliced

2 Green Capsicums, (Sweet Pepper) deseeded and sliced

1 x 400g/14oz tinned Chopped Tomatoes

2 Bay Leaves

1 level teasp Chilli Powder * See notes below

2 level teasp Salt

1 Beef Stock Cube

1 x 400g/14oz tin Red Kidney Beans, drained



1. Heat a large pan until hot then add the meat without any extra fat and brown all over.


2. Add the onions and peppers and cook for a further 10 minutes, stirring.


3. Add the tomatoes, bay leaves,  chilli powder, salt and crumble in the stock cube, mix well then cover and simmer very gently for  40 minutes - longer if you have the time - stirring every once in a while and adding a little water if the mixture seems to be drying out too much.


4. Remove the bay leaves, add the drained beans, mix well and cook for a further 20 minutes, stirring from time to time. Serve hot.


Serving Suggestions

Serve with plain boiled long grain rice and/or crusty bread. A crisp green salad with a vinaigrette dressing goes very well especially if the diners need a cooling influence.


Main equipment required to make this recipe





Large saucepan with a lid


Wooden or plastic spoon






If you've never used chilli powder it's advisable to go easy the first time unless you don't mind very hot food.


Substitute the beef with minced lamb


Substitute the tinned tomatoes with fresh tomatoes adding a tablespoon of tomato purée or ketchup plus some water

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Make Ahead

Can be made up to 48 hours in advance. Allow to cool then refrigerate immediately. Reheat thoroughly for at least 20 minutes .



Chilli freezes very well so it's worth making extra. To freeze, allow to cool completely then either transfer to ridged freezer containers or divide into individual portion sizes and place in small freezer bags. 


Additional information about this Chili recipe


Chili is a spicy stew whose name comes from the Spanish chilli con carne, "chili pepper with meat". Traditional versions are made with minced (ground) buffalo or beef however Chicken Chilli recipes have become very popular in these times of health/calorie consciousness.


Chilli is an excellent choice when serving lots of people - great for parties or larger gatherings - and can be made well in advance then reheated when required.


Key techniques used in this recipe

Brown  to  -  To fry, usually in very shallow  fatover a high heat in order to colour the food and seal in the juices. This is usually a very quick process : not more than a couple of minutes on each side of the food.


Related Recipes and Information

More Beef/Veal Recipes 

General Beef Prep & Cooking Times

Beef Cuts 


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