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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.18 / 5 (241 votes)

Prep time:
20 min
Cook time:
1 hr 30 min

Chilli con carne, from Rachel Allen, is a hearty meal that's well worth coming home for


1. Heat the olive oil in a casserole,or saucepan and fry the meat until it changes colour - about 5-7 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and stir for a minute or so before tipping in the tinned tomatoes,chopped chillies, peppers, and a good pinch of salt.

2. Cover the pan and simmer for about an hour, until the meat is tender and the liquid reduced to a thick sauce. If it gets too dry during cooking, pour in a little more water.

3. Add the cumin, kidney beans and a little of the bean liquid,if you like and the brown sugar. Simmer for a further 10 mins before serving with rice, a spoonful of sour cream, grated cheddar cheese and and coriander leaves as a garnish.  For added spicy kick, serve this dish with hot chilli sauce.

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Followed recipe until i put it in a slow cooker, added half the cumin,( rest hear the end ) doubled kidney beans, and cooked on low for 8 hours. Lovely.

PAULP63285 PAULP63285  Posted 09 Nov 2012 8:43 PM

I'd prefer it if the picture shown wasn't of a chilli made with mince! Chilli made with meat rather than mince looks, and tastes, very different!

More cumin in the recipe and served with finely sliced onion, cheese and sour cream.

The Gnome The Gnome  Posted 06 Nov 2011 10:57 AM

not as good as mine! Try adding a tin of baked beans and a little

JeanT87165 JeanT87165  Posted 04 Nov 2011 11:45 AM

The way chilli Con Carne should be - no mince! I prefer to use Pinto beans in mine and they soften quicker and I think, a better taste.

MikeyB57 MikeyB57 Posted 04 Nov 2011 11:34 AM

A lovely recipe - I swapped the stewing beef for lean rump as I needed a quicker cooking time.A very tasty simple supper - thanks

janeC88972 janeC88972 Posted 18 Jul 2011 8:39 PM

Excellent recipe, moist and full of flavour and just about enough chilli heat for my taste. And very easy!!

CaroleS55445 CaroleS55445 Posted 07 Jul 2011 12:03 PM

Very pleased to find a recipe with proper beef instead of minced offal. Lovely.

sarraceniac sarraceniac Posted 25 Mar 2011 11:13 AM

thank you Smile)))))))))))

jeanetteH91520 jeanetteH91520 Posted 06 Jan 2011 12:00 PM

Hi jeanetteH91520, you can definitely freeze it. Just make sure you defrost it thoroughly before reheating in a sauce pan. Happy cooking!

Celia Good Food Celia Good Food Posted 04 Jan 2011 5:18 PM

can u freeze this and if so how would i cook it when needed ?? thx

jeanetteH91520 jeanetteH91520 Posted 29 Dec 2010 4:22 PM

I use tin of kidney beans in chili sauce, 2 dutch red peppers, a few mushrooms, tomatoe puree and mince. I do like it with a bit of bite and vary type and quantity of chillies accordingly with or without children

Avakyan Avakyan Posted 12 Nov 2010 9:46 AM

Hello Tried your way very enjoyable. Have to say the chunkyness of the meat made an enjoyable twist. Laurence PS. Did add some chestnut mushrooms LOL. Sorry.

LaurenceM57287 LaurenceM57287 Posted 19 Sep 2010 1:44 PM

I make this chilli con carne all the time it's a family favourite but i use minced beef instead of stewing steak.

Kerry-Cashman Kerry-Cashman Posted 28 Jul 2010 11:26 AM

this was very nice but a little bland i also added some tom puree and i used mince, kids enjoyed it as it wasnt hot.

tamsinS91074 tamsinS91074 Posted 04 Jun 2010 8:54 AM

Fantastic Receipe - so easy to follow and all my guests thought it was fab! Although i do have to say that it says use stewing beef cut into cubes which is quite odd - i used mince beef and it was much better

KatQ KatQ Posted 12 Nov 2009 8:46 AM

Didnt have any reference to the cumin in the recipe until the end,misprint i think,found it a tad bland,and had to add tomato puree,more cumin and sugar,maybe a piece of dark choclate should have been added at the end also,quite basic to be honest,if you are a newbie to cooking its fine,but for me was quite dissapointed considerating it was a Rachel Allen recipe!

Heathersweather Heathersweather Posted 30 Jun 2009 4:43 PM

excellent the only thing that puzzled me was that in the method it mentioned cumin however in the ingredients it is NOT mentioned. Very tastie

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 23 Jun 2009 2:02 PM

Lovely recipe i stuck to the recipe but my chillis were the thin long ones and were pretty hot, i cooled it down with yogurt and some coconut milk, and it was lovely, will be making it again.

ANGR35534 ANGR35534 Posted 08 Jun 2009 1:26 PM

Delicious! Would add more chillies though as it was very mild just using the amount as per the recipe. Also added in an extra tin of kidney beans....!!

RUTHS73363 RUTHS73363 Posted 28 Apr 2009 2:20 PM

Very nice, a late night supper with "long time no see " friends.

Jaybee9 Jaybee9 Posted 20 Aug 2008 6:07 AM

I tried this recipe for my family and it went down a storm. Easy to make and absolutely delicious.

Mags94 Mags94 Posted 20 Jun 2008 11:18 AM