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Chilli con carne recipe

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.
5 from 4 votes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 people


  • 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


  • 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


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.
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Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 344mg | Potassium: 791mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1060IU | Vitamin C: 34.1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 5.2mg

Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican