Homemade Chilli Con Carne Recipe – Low Fat

Today’s blog is inspired by my boyfriend. He loves my chilli con carne and he’s working down near me this week for a change so I told him I’d make him some chilli to come home to or to take to work. It’s very easy to do, you can add as many vegetables as you like, whatever beans you like (the recipe says kidney beans but for my chilli today I used different beans) as you can add more chilli if you want it hotter.

What you will need . . .

– 1 large onion
– 1 pepper
– 2 garlic cloves
– 1 heaped tbsp of chilli powder
– 1tsp paprika
-1tsp ground cumin
-500g lean minced beef
-2 beef stock cubes
-400g can of chopped tomatoes
-1/2tsp marjoram
-1tsp sweetener (or sugar)
-2tbsp tomato puree
-tin of kidney beans

What you need to do . . .

1. Cut the onions and peppers into small pieces.

2. Heat a pan, spray some fry light and add your onion, cook for about 5 minutes until soft.
3. Add the garlic, spices and pepper, stir and cook for another 5 minutes (you may need to add a little water if it starts to stick and stir, just keep an eye on it).

4. After the 5 minutes remove the onion, pepper and spices from the pan and add the mince in small portions at a time to cook and brown.

5. Once all your meat has been cooked, crumble in one of the stock cubes and stir.
6. Add the onion, pepper and spices back in the pan.

7. Add the chopped tomatoes, marjoram, sweetener, seasoning, tomato puree and the other stock cube that has been dissolved in half a tin of boiling water.


8. Simmer gently on a low heat for 20 minutes.
9. In the mean time take your kidney beans out of the can and rinse them, and slice your mushrooms. (Like I said I used different beans).

10. Check occasionally to make sure it’s not burning, stir the odd time and add more water if you need to.
11. After the 20 minutes add your beans and mushrooms and cook for a further 20 minutes.

12. The chilli should now be ready, it should be thick, moist and juicy.


You can easily freeze it or store it in air tight tubs in the fridge for a few days.


Hope you enjoy!


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