Chilli con carne Recipe

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Chilli con carne commonly known in American English as simply “chili”, is a spicy stew containing chili, peppers, meat (usually beef), This recipe is simply the South African way and su-per delicious. You can serve it on potatoes or even bread. A wonderful dish to make when entertaining.


  • 6 large potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 red peppers
  • 12 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons fresh chili (optional) deseeded and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 x 400 g tin kidney beans, drained
  • 2 x 400 g tin chopped tomatoes (Italian tomatoes)
  • 500 g free range beef mince
  • Seasoning: salt and pepper

To serve you will need the following

  • Fresh coriander
  • Crème fresh
  • Grated mature hard cheese
  • Wedges of lime


Preheat the oven to 220 C – 428 F

  1. Bake for 45-50 min.
  2. Rub them all over with olive oil, place on a baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt.
  3. Wash potatoes and prick all over with a fork.
  4. Place in oven and bake for  45-50 min.
  5. Peel and finely chop the onions, garlic, carrots, celery and peppers.
  6. Heat a large stewing pan or pot with a good amount of olive oil.
  7. Add all your chopped vegetables, chilli, cumin, cinnamon and good amount of seasoning.
  8. Cook for about 6-10 minutes, stirring until softened and lightly coloured.
  9. Add the kidney beans and tomatoes, then break up the mince as you add.
  10. Fill one of the empty tomato tins with water and pour this into the pan.
  11. Pick the leaves from the coriander and place them in the fridge.
  12. Finely chop the washed stems and stir in.
  13. Bring to the boil and turn the heat down to a simmer with the lid on halfway for about an hour and a half, stirring every now and then.

For serving:

Slit the potatoes then top with chilli con carne, yoghurt, a good helping of crème fresh. Squeeze over some lime.

You can serve with more chopped chilli for those people who like it hot


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