Chilli Con Carne

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 under 250 calories so I can have an ice cream for pudding without feeling guilty.

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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.

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.

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.

Chilli con carne recipe
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Chilli Con Carne

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 under 250 calories so I can have an ice cream for pudding without feeling guilty.

Recipe Type Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 people
Calories 240 kcal

Ingredients

  • 500 g extra lean steak mince
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 400 g tin of red kidney beans
  • 400 g 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
  • 300 ml water
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Finely chop the onion
  2. 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
  3. Meanwhile, finely chop the red pepper and garlic
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. Drain the can of red kidney beans and add to the pan. Simmer uncovered for a further 10 minutes.
  8. Turn off the heat, cover and leave to sit for 10 minutes before serving

Recipe Notes

You can find more delicious low calorie meals in my round up of DELICIOUS DINNERS WITH UNDER 500 CALORIES including a VEGAN VERSION of this chilli.

Have you tried this recipe? Please leave a comment and rating at the bottom of the page to let others know what you thought.

Nutrition Facts
Chilli Con Carne
Amount Per Serving
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 344mg 14%
Potassium 791mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 3g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 21.2%
Vitamin C 41.3%
Calcium 5.4%
Iron 28.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Free From/Suitable For…

The ingredients I used to make this recipe are all free from the following allergens. However, please check any labels carefully for allergens you need to avoid as brands can vary and product recipes can change over time.

  • Egg-Free
  • Dairy-Free
  • Tree Nut-Free
  • Peanut-Free
  • Sesame-Free
  • Soya-Free
  • Sulphur Dioxide & Sulphite-Free
  • Fish-Free
  • Crustacean-Free
  • Mollusc-Free
  • Celery-Free
  • Mustard-Free
  • Lupin-Free

This recipe can be made gluten-free by using a gluten-free beef stock cube.

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5 Comments:

  1. Love it! It’s perfect every time. Thank you!

  2. This is my go to recipe for chilli con carne. Not only is it low in calories so I don’t feel guilty eating it, I think the coffee in it gives a lovely subtle flavour to the dish.

  3. i have used dark chocolate in a chilli but never coffee, i must try this. it looks lovely

    • Charlotte Oates

      I’ve tried dark chocolate too but my problem is that I open the pack to get a couple of squares for the chilli and then eat the rest of it as a pre-dinner snack, so coffee is a much safer option 🙂

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