Chilli Con Carne

Chilli con carne is a popular family dinner, but it’s more than just a simple bowl of minced beef and beans. It’s a hearty, flavourful meal that’s perfect for busy nights when you need to whip up something quick, easy and filling for your family. 

This batch of Chilli Con Carne is will not only give you plenty of leftovers, but you can also use them to make nachos. If your kids are picky eaters and don’t like kidney beans, try gradually adding more to the dish over time. Start with a few tablespoons and work your way up to the full can. The same goes for chili powder – add less if your family can’t handle the heat and sprinkle extra on your own dish at the table. Enjoy!

Left over chilli con carne can be used for many dishes:

  • nachos
  • tacos
  • enchiladas
  • on toast
  • base for a shepherds style pie
  • cover a baked potato
  • pasta bake
  • pizza

Chilli Con Carne

  • Author: Katrina - The Organised Housewife
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 brown onions, finely chopped
  • 6 shortcut bacon, diced
  • 1kg beef mince
  • 2 red capsicums, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 long red chilli, finely chopped, optional
  • 12 tablespoons Mexican chilli powder
  • 800g can chopped tomatoes
  • 400g can red kidney beans, drained, rinsed


    1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
    2. Add onion and bacon and cook for 5 to 6 minutes or until browned.
    3. Add mince, break up lumps with a wooden spoon, cook for 10-15 minutes or until browned.
    4. Stir through capsicums, garlic and chilli.
    5. Continue to cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
    6. Sprinkle in chilli powder, stir through and cook for 1 minute.
    7. Add tomatoes and 1 cup water, bring to the boil.
    8. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes or until sauce has reduced slightly.
    9. Add beans, and increase heat to medium.
    10. Cook for 15 minutes, with the cover removed.
    11. Serve.

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An easy and delicious recipe for chilli con carne that’s sure to please your whole family. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make a flavourful and hearty dinner that’s perfect for busy weeknights.

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