Easy Beef Chilli

This is a really easy recipe for chilli con carne made with beef mince. It's great for feeding a crowd and batch cooking as it freezes well. Try baking it in the oven rather than simmering it on the hob as it really enhances the flavours (this is a good tip from my friend Emma).

Beef Chilli is a really versatile dish as you can serve it with rice, jacket potatoes or in tortilla wraps with cheese. Top with sour cream, grated cheese or fresh coriander. A green crunchy salad and tortilla chips are also nice accompaniments.

Beef Chilli is perfect for a casual meal with friends. Make it the day before to really enhance the flavour and serve with the extra bits in the middle on the table.

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Easy Beef Chilli: Serves 4 adults:

Time:  15 mins prep + 1 hour cooking

Cost:  £1.11 per serving

Calories:  306 per serving

  • 500g lean mince beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped finely
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 red pepper, finely diced (optional)
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 x 400g tin kidney beans (add a extra tin to bulk it out)
  • 1 tsp chilli powder (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried cinnamon
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • A little oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Over a medium heat, fry the onion, carrots and pepper (if using) in a large pan for 4-5 minutes until soft in a tablespoon of oil. Meanwhile, brown the mince in another pan and drain off the fat which comes out (this is an optional step to be healthy). 
  2. Add the browned mince to the carrot, onion and pepper along with the remaining ingredients. Give everything a good stir and season to taste. Bring to the boil and simmer gently with a lid partially covering the pan for at least an hour. Alternatively you can put your beef chilli in an oven proof dish with a lid and bake in the oven for 2-3 hour at 140 C / gas mark 3.

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