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Chili Recipe with Beans
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

The Best Homemade Chili Recipe with Beans or Chili Con Carne - this is comfort food at its best. Low-carb, high in protein, gluten free this chili con carne is healthy, delicious and nutritious, and it goes down well with the whole family.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: comfort food for winter
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 360 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
  • 500 g ground beef (minced beef)
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes (400 g, 13 oz)
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 red chilli pepper
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 tin kidney beans (200 g, 7 oz)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • fresh parsley to taste
  • grated cheese to serve
  1. Cut the onion roughly and add the vegetable oil to a large pan.
  2. Fry the onion until translucent, then add the minced beef and chopped garlic and stir until it the beef becomes brown.

  3. Chop the red chilli pepper and mix it in. I recommend deseeding the red chilli pepper if you do not like that much spiciness.

  4. Add the chopped tomatoes, red kidney beans and beef stock. I like to throw the bay leaves in at this stage so the flavours can be released while the beef is cooking.
  5. Cook on a medium heat until most of the liquid has been absorbed and the beef is tender, that should take about 30 minutes on a medium heat.
  6. Add the ground cinnamon, ginger, cayenne peppers, chopped parsley and season with salt and black pepper.
  7. Remove from the heat and serve with grated cheese, basmati rice, couscous, bulgur wheat or anything else that takes your fancy.

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Nutrition Facts
Chili Recipe with Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 907mg38%
Potassium 702mg20%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 600IU12%
Vitamin C 38mg46%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.