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Best Chilli con Carne

This is a real crowd-pleaser, so it's perfect if you have friends around. Chilli con Carne is also an easy mid-week dinner. 

Chilli con Carne

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Over the years I've perfected my recipe and I'm sure you'll love it as much as we do. Once it's made you can reheat it as long as it's piping hot before you serve of course.

But it freezes well and so it's worth making this recipe for four even if you are cooking for yourself.

You can then do as I do, once it's fully defrosted, wrap the chilli in soft flour tortillas, sprinkle with grated cheese and then cover in foil and into the oven 200c/400f or Gas 6 for about 25 minutes.

Serve with a dollop of sour cream and jalapeno peppers from a jar and whatever else you fancy.

Or how about a Chilli Pasta Bake. Before I go on, in case you are confused after seeing the dates on the comments below, this post was originally written back in 2010 so I decided it was time to update it!

Can I make Vegetarian Chilli con Carne?

Of course, just replace the minced beef with soya mince and use vegetable stock instead of chicken. Or you might prefer this Vegetable Chilli recipe.

All in all, a right nice n spicy Chilli con Carne always goes down well and is so, easy to make. Just the thing, especially for cold weather. But it's good at any time if you ask me.

Tinned Tomatoes

Using good quality tinned tomatoes is the secret to any recipe that uses them. Some cheap brands are tomatoes in so-called juice are watery and lack in taste and the tomatoes themselves are sometimes hard.

If you've never tried the brand Cirio you honestly don't know what you're missing. although of course, there must be other brands that are as good and I've yet to discover them perhaps.

By the way, this is not an advert, I'm just saying they are excellent. Packed with bright red juicy tomatoes and the 'juice' is so thick there actually isn't much of it.

You'll find Cirio tomatoes here in the UK in Sainsbury's but Tesco, Waitrose and Ocado are often have them at half price so that's the time to stock up. 😉

Another brand that I use if I can't get Cirio is Napolina. the juice isn't as thick but still good.

A tin of Cirio Plum Tomatoes

Top Tips for a Delicious Beef Chilli!

Don't try to rush cooking your beef chilli because you need the flavours to come out.

Balsamic vinegar adds a little sweetness to the dish but only add it you have one that's nice and thick consistency; otherwise, just add a tablespoon of regular tomato ketchup instead.

Slow Cooker Chilli con Carne

I would still brown the mince a little, add it to the slow cooker and then cook the onions for 10 minutes so they become sweeter. Then add everything else to the slow cooker.

However, cooking in a slow cooker means that none of the liquid evaporates and so you will probably find you won't need as much stock. I always have McDougalls Thickening Granules to hand, excellent for anything cooked in a slow cooker. 

On with the recipe. By the way, a mixture of wild and long grain rice works well with Chilli con Carne. If you're in a hurry then you might like this Quick Chilli recipe by Nigella Lawson.

Best Chilli con Carne Recipe

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  1. This is one of those comfort foods that is just a necessity in these cooler months.

  2. Quick food, good food and yummee food.....can't go wrong with that!!!

  3. Great dish Jan. Looks superb!

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  5. Love chilli! Looks so delicious and warm! Perfect for a day like this!

  6. I don't know how, but I missed all of these recent posts! Everything looks fabulous. I have never cooked lamb shanks, but must give them a go soon. Yours look so delicious! Well, everything looks delicious, but those lamb shanks are calling my name! xxoo

  7. I've never had chilli with rice before but it's such a great combination! Your chilli sounds fantastic.

  8. Dammit, Janet - I now want Chilli for breakfast.

    Superbowl is coming up here, chilli is a must!

  9. Fantastic ! I love a good Chilli !!

  10. This is the first time I've seen this dish and feel moved to make it. Thanks to your outstanding cooking!

  11. This look so fresh and delicious.Thank you so much for the recipe!


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