Chilli Con Carne

Chilli Con Carne

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Chilli Con Carne warms you through on a cold winter’s evening. It has a wonderful marriage of flavours with Ground Cumin, Chilli Flakes and Garlic.

What Goes Well With This?

My Sunshine Rice recipe complements it well and adds an extra splash of colour on the plate. We eat with our eyes first, plus the extra anti-inflammatory health benefits of the turmeric in the rice are an added bonus.

You could also serve with garlic bread, but that would increase the calories quite significantly. However, everything in moderation, it would be fine now and again.

Chilli in a Pan

Is Turkey Mince Better Than Beef Mince?

It is usually lower in fat and cheaper than beef mince. I use Turkey Thigh Mince in this recipe, as it has a similar colour and texture to beef mince and a stronger flavour than the lighter turkey breast mince.

Can I Store It In The Fridge?

Yes. Cool it before transferring to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 2 days. Heat it thoroughly in a pan.

Overhead shot of Chilli and Sunshine Rice on a Plate

Should You Rinse Canned Kidney Beans?

I always think it’s best to, especially if they are stored in brine. Try to get ones stored in water, as they may not require as much rinsing.

The liquid shouldn’t be toxic and some recipes may suggest using it for thickening sauces. Even when stored in water in the can the liquid still looks murky and you are best rinsing them.

Chilli in a Pan With a Wooden Spatula

Can I Freeze It?

Yes. Cool it and transfer to an airtight container(s) in portion sizes you are likely to want it in. Defrost the frozen Chilli Con Carne in the fridge and heat in a pan until piping hot, or heat from frozen in a pan, until piping hot. It does actually taste even better the next day.

Chilli Con Carne in a Pan

Chilli Con Carne

Chilli Con Carne made with turkey mince
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 366kcal


  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Yellow Pepper
  • 8 Closed Cup Mushrooms
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 500 g Turkey Mince
  • 1 Chicken Stock Cube
  • 400 g Tinned tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Dried Chilli Flakes
  • 1 tsp Yeast Extract
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 400 g Kidney Beans (drained and rinsed)


  • Chop 1 Onion, 1 Red Pepper, 1 Yellow Pepper, 8 Closed Cup Mushrooms and crush 4 Garlic Cloves.
  • Heat 1 tbsp Olive Oil in a large Saute or Frying Pan.
  • Add 500g Turkey Mince and cook until browned. Remove any excess water the Turkey Mince produces with a spoon.
  • Add the Onion and Garlic and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the Peppers and Mushrooms and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Sprinkle 1 Chicken Stock Cube over the mixture and cook until the Chicken Stock Cube dissolves.
  • Add 1 400g Tinned Tomatoes, 1 tsp Cumin and 1 tsp Chilli Flakes.
  • Bring to the boil and add 1 tsp Yeast Extract and 1 tsp Honey. Cook until they are combined well in the mixture.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes then add 1 400g tin of Kidney Beans.
  • Continue simmering for another 10 minutes, until the liquid is reduced, so that it just coats the Turkey Mince and vegetables.
Nutrition Facts
Chilli Con Carne
Amount Per Serving
Calories 366 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 629mg27%
Potassium 227mg6%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 42g84%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.