This tasty but not-too-hot version of Chilli con Carne couldn’t be easier and is pretty much foolproof. This Tex-Mex dish has been around since I was young and is still a favourite in many households.
It took me a while to decide whether to be true to Chilli con Carne’s North American origins and use the spelling”Chili” or stick to my Australian roots and spell it “Chilli”. I decided to be consistent with the Australian spelling throughout the rest of my website so “Chilli” it is!
If you are a fan of anything with chilli in it, then try my Madras Curry or Baked Jalapeno Poppers.
Ingredients for Chilli con Carne
Using lean minced/ground beef prevents too much oil from floating on the top of the finished product.
Bottled tomato passata is found in the supermarket aisle near the pasta sauce. I use passata instead of the usual canned diced tomatoes because I prefer to use foods from glass rather than cans. I haven’t yet seen bottled kidney beans. They would also be hard to find and I want cooking to be easy.
The ground chilli powder is ground dried chillis and not the chilli, sugar, etc. mix also known as “chilli powder”. If you are worried about the amount of heat, then substitute the ground chilli powder with dried chilli flakes.
Cooking Tips for Chilli con Carne
Canned diced tomatoes can be easily substituted for the passata. The cans here are 400 g so two cans would work.
The cooking time for the Chilli con Carne will depend on your consistency preference. Some like it more liquid to serve over rice, whereas I like to cook it for the full 40 minutes so that I can easily eat it on its own with a fork. It is also great served over a baked potato.