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Comforting Chilli Con Carne for Winter

Updated on May 29, 2014

Winter Fuel

In winter (or on any cold day!) we automatically look for food that can keep us warm and filled up while the weather rages outside.

This recipe will give you a healthy dose of protein, is high in legumes and fibre, rich in nutrients and rates high on the "more-ish" scale!

A beautifully balanced meal, eat this on its own if you are on a low carb diet, or add potatoes, rice, samp or corn if you aren't!

Ground Lean Beef Mince


Chilli Con carne ingredients - Use Fresh or Organic Where possible!

  • 1kg Lean Beef Mince (Lamb Mince works too!)
  • 2 Whole Carrots
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 1 tin or 200g Butter or Kidney Beans
  • 2 Peppadews - diced
  • 1 Onion - chopped
  • 1 Red / Yellow pepper
  • 1 tin or 200g Chick Peas
  • Half teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • Half teaspoon Salt
  • Qtr Teaspoon Pepper
  • Qtr Teaspoon Coriander
  • Qtr teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Qtr Teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Half Fresh lemon, Squeezed

Cooking Time for Chilli Con Carne

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Serves 4 - 6 people

Fresh Garlic Cloves

Cooking Instructions for Chilli Con Carne

  1. Add 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil to your Deep pot or saucepan and melt to cover entire base
  2. Add chopped onion and garlic and saute until transparent - don't overcook!
  3. Add ground beef mince and brown, you can add 1 cup of water during this process to mix the meat completely
  4. Once meat has browned, add beans and chickpeas, carrots, peppadews and spices and simmer together for 20 mins.
  5. If you'd like to add rice, start cooking your rice ( I recommend Basmati) when you add the vegetables so that the two dishes are ready at the same time.

Nutritional Content of Chilli Con Carne

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 321g
Calories 495
Calories from Fat99
% Daily Value *
Fat 11 g17%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Carbohydrates 35 g12%
Sugar 4 g
Fiber 8 g32%
Protein 61 g122%
Cholesterol 145 mg48%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Tips & Hints

It's really important to get the best meat possible with as low a fat content as possible. "lean" beef mince shouldn't have more than 10% fat.

If you like spicy food, add fresh chopped chillies or chilli powder

Adding a few mint leaves can add a lovely twist and works very well with lamb mince

If you'd like to decrease the carbohydrate value, leave out the carrots and one of the legumes (chick peas and beans)

You can replace the beef with soy mince if you are a vegetarian

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