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Mum's Recipe - Really Easy Chilli

Updated on November 24, 2010

Really Easy Chilli

For my daughter, Yasmin, who is making her own way in life - so that she can eat healthily and cheaply.

This chilli recipe is so easy and full of nutritious veg too. It can be ready in 30 minutes, but longer cooking brings out the flavour.


500g minced beef

1 can kidney beans

1 punnet mushrooms

1 beef stock cube

1 onion

Garlic cloves to taste

Chilli to taste - could be fresh, powder, lazy chilli, Harissa paste

1tbsp oil

Tomato puree - small tin 25g or half a tube


Peel and chop the onion. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and fry the onion until soft without browning.

Peel the garlic and crush - add this to the onion. Fry for 30 seconds.

Add the beef and fry until brown. While this is browning dice the mushrooms. Add the mushrooms to the beef and fry for a couple of minutes.

While the mushrooms are cooking, open the tomato puree and boil a kettle of water.

When the kettle boils, crumble the stock cube into the pan, add the tomato puree and kidney beans, then add the water until the meat is just covered.

Bring the mixture to the boil then turn down the heat and simmer for 25 minutes with the pan lid on.

Check the mixture every ten minutes and give it a stir. If it looks too thick, add more water. If you want richer flavour cook for longer,but don't forget to keep checking and stirring.

While the chilli is cooking, cook the rice in another pan.

When the chilli is cooked serve and scoff.

Serving Suggestions

 Basmati rice is good with this recipe, and why not add a side salad, or some guacamole with a tortilla wrap.

For hints on how to cook the perfect rice and how to make guacamole click here.


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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I enjoy spicy foods and this recipe sounds good to me

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      6 years ago from USA


    • Georgina_writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Georgina Crawford 

      7 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thanks Kenneth - hopping over to read your stuff.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      7 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Georgina . . .LOVED this hub and the recipe. I am a chili freak...the hotter the better. And this made me very hungry!

    • Eiddwen profile image


      7 years ago from Wales

      I will have to give this one a go !!

      I'll let you know how it went, thanks for sharing and take care


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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      7 years ago from Great Britain

      Sounds yummy

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      Yena Williams 

      7 years ago from California

      I'm always looking for new chili recipes. Thanks!

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      Georgina Crawford 

      8 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thanks comfy - I tend to find that the tinned tomatoes make it watery when I use them. Like the idea of the yellow pepper, though.

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      8 years ago

      This is brilliant. I pad it out with a small tin of chopped tomatoes, and also added a chopped yellow pepper, oh and plenty of black pepper :) yummmmmmmy

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      Georgina Crawford 

      8 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thanks wealthmadehealthy

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      8 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

      Sounds like dinner to me! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe, which I KNOW will taste as good as it sounds!!

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      Georgina Crawford 

      8 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thanks for the recipe, Gus.

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      8 years ago from USA

      Howdy Georgina - Thanks you for "following" me and letting me do the same for your postings. Your chili recipe speaks nutritiously, no doubt of that. Being the Redneck that I am, however, I fear beans in a bowl of chili will curdle my tonsils. Many good people love beans in their chili, so I don't fault them there - only for myself, that is. Here's where you will find a chili recipe that a Redneck like me really enjoys. Try it. You may like it, too.

      Gus :-)))

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      Georgina Crawford 

      8 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thank you Hello, hello

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Sounds great. A must try.

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      Georgina Crawford 

      8 years ago from Dartmoor

      It's so simple, how can it not work :-)) It's one of our after work suppers, quick easy and delicious.

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      I am coming after you if this doesn't work :-)))

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      Georgina Crawford 

      8 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thanks Yasmin - you're right - it's cheaper and nicer if it's homemade. Recipe winging it's way to you soon.XX

      Thanks Koffeklatch gals - it's also very very simple.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Your chili recipe sounds delicious. I will be trying it.

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      8 years ago

      Thank you! Ill definately be making this :D

      Is guacamole cheaper to buy or make from scratch? As I assume it's probably cheaper and nicer if its entirely homemade... xxx


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