What’s not to love about this chilli con carne recipe, it tastes delicious, it’s cheap and simple to make, it’s one of your five-a-day, it freezes so you can make a big batch and save some for another day, and best of all it’s only 181 calories so I can have an ice cream for pudding without feeling guilty.
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My secret ingredient is half a teaspoon of coffee, which adds a slight bitterness to offset the sweetness of the onions, tomatoes and peppers.
The spices I use are really there to add flavour rather than heat. If you prefer a bit of a kick from your chilli then you can add a chopped red chilli along with the red pepper, or if your family is like mine and everyone like different amounts of heat then sprinkle on some cayenne pepper before serving for those that like it hotter.
- 500g extra lean steak mince
- 1 red pepper
- 1 medium onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 400g tin of red kidney beans
- 400g tin chopped tomatoes
- 1 tbsp tomato purée
- 1 beef stock cube
- 1 tsp hot chilli powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- ½ dried oregano
- ½ instant coffee
- ½ tbsp olive oil
- 300ml water
- salt and pepper
- Finely chop the onion
- Heat ½ tablespoon olive oil in a large saucepan and once hot, add the onion and cook on a low heat for five minutes, stirring regularly
- Meanwhile, finely chop the red pepper and garlic
- Add the red pepper, garlic, chilli powder (1 tsp), paprika (1 tsp) and cumin (1 tsp) and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring regularly
- Add the minced beef to the pan, turn up the heat to medium and cook until browned, stirring regularly to break up the meat into small pieces
- Add the tin of chopped tomatoes, tomato purée (1 tbsp), oregano (½ tsp), beef stock cube, coffee (½ tsp), water (300ml) and season with salt and pepper to taste (I use ½ tsp salt and a few twists of freshly ground black pepper). Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Drain the can of red kidney beans and add to the pan. Simmer uncovered for a further 10 minutes.
- Turn off the heat, cover and leave to sit for 10 minutes before serving
Nutritional Information per serving
This is the estimated nutritional information per portion for the chilli con carne only. Including white rice (75g uncooked weight) the estimated nutritional information is – 446 kcal, fat 5.1g, saturated fat 1.6g, carbohydrates 91.0g, sugar 5.8g, fibre, 5.8g, protein 28.0g, salt 0.8g. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.