Awesome Chilli con Carne

Both Michael and I love chilli con carne. We used to buy the packet mix, but when we realised how easy it was to make from scratch, we spent about a year perfecting the recipe, just how we like it!DSC08697


2 tablespoons olive oil
1-2 onions
1 tablespoon crushed garlic
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons ground coriander
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1kg mince
800g diced Italian tomatoes
4 tablespoons tomato paste
2 400g cans red kidney beans

Optional: mushrooms, jalapeno chillies, red wine and olives


To Serve: multigrain tortillas, sour cream, cheese, lettuce leaves (we love baby spinach)


  1. Finely dice onion while heating oil over medium high heat
  2. Add onion and garlic to pan and cook until onion softens, then add the cumin, coriander and cayenne pepper and cook for a minute or 2
  3. Add the mince and stir to break up the lumps, until brownedDSC08704
  4. Add chopped up mushrooms, finely chopped olives and jalapenos at this stageDSC08706
  5. Stir in tomato, tomato paste, rinsed kidney beans and about 1/2-1 cup of red wine if you’re using itDSC08707
  6. Reduce to a simmer and leave for an hour or so, stirring occasionally (you can get away with simmering for around 10 minutes or so, but we leave it a lot longer so the flavours really intensify)DSC08708
  7. To serve, spread a tortilla with sour cream and grated cheese, then microwave for about 20 seconds. Spread with meat, top with lettuce, and roll it upChilli Con Carne

This has been our favourite recipe so far, and we adjust it to what we have on hand. It’s also as good an excuse as any to open a bottle of wine, although it tastes just as good without it. This recipe is even better the next day, which is why we make so much, as the flavours really develop and intensify. It also freezes and reheats well (in either the microwave, or defrosted then heated on the stove top).


Other favourite meal ideas include satay chicken, homemade pizza, carbonara and pumpkin soup 


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