Chilli con Carne (a la Dave)

I’ve never made chilli con carne; I love the vegetarian version too much.  But we had some mince in the freezer that I wanted to incorporate into the week’s mealplan and I’m a bit fed up of spag bol and mince & tatties, which are the only mince meals I’ve mastered since starting to eat meat again.

Since I was going swimming after work, Dave stepped up to make this delicious chilli con carne tonight.  Even better, he agreed that I could share the recipe with you all.  For a meaty meal it’s really cheap, partly because he accidentally stretched the 300g of mince to make four portions of chilli by adding plenty of veg – not with the intention of saving money, I have to say, but just because it’s tastier and healthier.


Dave’s Chilli con Carne

  • 300g beef mince £1.40
  • 2 small onions, chopped 6p
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes 31p
  • 1 tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed 27p
  • 1 large carrot, chopped 8p
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped 33p
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped 17p
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed 9p
  • 1 1/2 tbsp oregano 25p
  • 2 tsp hot chilli powder 12p
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin 9p
  • 1 tsp paprika 6p
  • 1 1/2 tbsp veg oil 9p
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée 12p
  • 350ml beef stock 9p
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder 5p
  • juice of 1/2 lime 15p


Heat the oil in the largest pan you have.  Fry onions on a medium heat for a few minutes, then add the carrots, peppers, garlic and spices.  Cook for another few minutes, stirring constantly.

Add the mince, season to taste, and turn up the heat.  Cook the mince until browned, before adding the tomatoes, beef stock, oregano and tomato purée.

Turn the heat down, cover and cook for 20 minutes.  Add the kidney beans, cocoa powder and lime juice, and continue simmering uncovered for 10-15 minutes until thickened.

Serve with rice or baked potatoes, or use to make enchiladas.

94p per portion – I think this is the cheapest meat meal I’ve costed so far!  We served with rice at 9p per portion, so the whole meal was just a shade above £1 a head.  We put the other two portions in the freezer to have with baked potatoes next week.


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