Chili Con Carne

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Chili Con Carne is one of the winter staple dish. You can cook this in a big batch and then bag them for freezing. Then you can just take them out whenever you need a quick fix and reheat in the oven or microwave. It is very good with chips or rice, topped with grated cheese, and served with a big salad.

Chili Con Carne Recipe


  • 1 kg  minced beef (or 500 g  minced beef and 500 g  minced pork)
  • 125 g  bacon – chopped
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 medium onions – chopped
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp hot chili powder (or 3 Tbsp mild chili powder)
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 jalapeno peppers – chopped (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa (or 1 oz/30 g  unsweetened chocolate)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 800 g  canned chopped tomatoes or tomato sauce (passata)
  • 400 g  canned kidney beans – drained and washed
  • 1 green bell pepper – chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Heat oil in a large pot. Fry bacon until light brown.
  2. Saute in same oil the garlic and onion in low-medium heat until onion is translucent (about 5 minutes).
  3. Add beef and cook until brown (another 5 minutes).
  4. Mix in oregano, chili powder, paprika, cumin, cocoa, and the jalapeno peppers. Cook for a few minutes.
  5. Add all the rest of the ingredients – tomato sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce. Mix well.
  6. Bring to boil then turn heat to low and simmer for 1 hour. If the sauce becomes too dry put in some beef stock or water a little at a time.
  7. Mix in kidney beans and bell pepper and simmer for another hour. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve.
Chili con Carne by enzino_borghesi_composer

Looking for other Lutong Pinoy Recipes to try on? Feel free to check out our pork recipes, chicken recipes and desserts.

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