Chilli Con Carne Recipe

News| 24th July 2022
Chilli Con Carne Recipe
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Serves 12 | Prep Time 20 mins | Cook Time 1 hour | Cook Style Stovetop | Skill Level Easy

  • Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp olive oil Aldi / Woolworths / Coles
  • 500g beef mince Aldi / Woolworths / Coles
  • 2 onions, finely chopped Morley Fresh
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped Morley Fresh
  • 1 large red capsicum, diced Morley Fresh
  • 1 large yellow capsicum diced Morley Fresh
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely grated Morley Fresh
  • 4 tsp ground cumin Morley Fresh
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika Morley Fresh
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano Morley Fresh
  • ½ tsp chilli powder Morley Fresh
  • 2 x 220g jars of chipotle sauce - La Costena  (reserve 100g to garnish dishes) Woolworths
  • ¼ cup tomato paste Aldi / Woolworths / Coles
  • 100g can chopped tomatoes Aldi / Woolworths / Coles
  • 2 x 400g tins brown lentils, drained and rinsed Aldi / Woolworths / Coles
  • 400ml beef stock Aldi / Woolworths / Coles
  • 2 x 400g can black beans, drained and rinsed Aldi / Woolworths / Coles

Method Chilli Con Carne with Pulses

  • Heat half the oil in the pan and fry the onion, celery and capsicum for 10 mins or until softened. 
  • Add the garlic, cumin and paprika and fry for 1 minute. 
  • Remove to a plate or bowl on the side.
  • Add 1½ tbsp olive oil to the same pan over a high heat and fry the mince for 10-12 mins or until evenly browned. 
  • Add the onion mix into your mince.
  • Stir in the oregano, chilli powder, chipotle sauce, tomato paste, tomatoes and stock. 
  • Stir well to combine and bring to a low simmer. Cook for 15 minutes.
  • Add in lentils and beans, stir through well and cook for a further 30 minutes with the lid on to allow the flavours to infuse.

    Now you can serve the Chilli in any number of ways:

    Friday night Sloppy Joe | Healthy Brown Rice, Chilli Bowl | Warm Chilli Bean Dip

1) Healthy Brown Rice, Chilli Bowl 


  • 1 cup hot cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup Chilli con carne with Pulses
  • 1 cup Iceberg or Cos lettuce, sliced
  • ¼ avocado, sliced
  • ¼ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • ¼ cup charred corn charred
  • 2 tbsp chipotle sauce
  • Coriander leaves picked
  • Greek yoghurt on the side


  • Lay the rice in the bottom of a bowl. Arrange all other ingredients in the bowl and finish with chipotle sauce and coriander.
  • Serve the yoghurt on the side.

2) Friday night Sloppy Joe


  • 1 long white roll
  • ¼ cup Savoy cabbage, julienne
  • ¼ cup red cabbage, julienne (or ½ cup shop bought slaw)
  • Coriander leaves picked
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • Jalapenos (to taste)


  • Cut open your soft rolls lengthways
  • Place the chilli on one side
  • Place the cabbage on the other
  • Finish with sour cream, coriander leaves and jalapenos
  • Serve immediately

*You could add grated cheese and pop your Sloppy Joes in a medium oven for 10 minutes then finish with cabbage, sour cream and jalapenos.

3) Warm Chilli Bean Dip


  • 4 cups warm Chilli con Carne with Pulses
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Coriander leaves picked
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Warmed corn chips


  • Place the chilli in a bowl on a large platter.
  • Surround the dip bowl with corn chips.
  • Finish the dip with the sour cream, paprika and coriander.



  • Organic Ceramic Bowl Robert Gordon - Myer
  • Blue and white oval Salt and Pepper Platters - Myer
  • Pasta Bowl - Kmart
  • Small bowl - Kmart
  • Green cotton napkin - Home - Target
  • Peru rose cutlery - Vue - Myer

Note from Kate Flower:

There’s nothing quite as satisfying and nutritious as a big bowl of chilli con carne. With food prices rising we need to squeeze all the value out of our meals without losing the health benefits of eating good quality food. For this version of chilli con carne I have added pulses. The addition of brown lentils in place of half the beef cuts down the cost and hikes up the fibre. There is also the standard addition of beans to the dish and if you choose dried beans and take the time to soak and cook them you’ll get even more bang for your buck. Obviously the important thing is we all still enjoy every mouthful and I can assure you this easy chilli will hit that spot. On top of sharing the recipe I have also suggested three ways you might like to put this dish in front of family and friends. Enjoy!

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