The Best Chilli Con Carne

An aromatic, slow-cooked chilli is always a good idea! It just makes the perfect comfort food. And this may be The Best Chilli Con Carne Ever! Loaded with sweet potatoes and peppers, hearty beans and corn, and LOTS OF warming spices. Seriously delicious! Don’t hurry up, give it time and you’ll be rewarded with the most beautiful, deep, rich flavor.

The Best Chilli Con Carne

I tried a lot of different chilli con carne recipes. But none of them was the one for me. So I combined a few different recipes into one, added a bit from myself and I think I made the most delicious chilli con carne ever! 🙂

Why this chilli is delicious:

  1. It’s slow-cooked to the perfection – rich flavor, amazing texture.
  2. It’s loaded with beautiful ingredients – sweet potatoes, red peppers, sweet corn, and red kidney beans.
  3. Lots of aromatic, warming spices.
  4. 2 secret ingredients – coffee and dark chocolate!!
  5. It makes the ultimate comfort food.
  6. It can be served in many, many different ways.
  7. It’s super freezer-friendly.

If you haven’t tried making chilli yet, it’s the time! It’s very easy to make and although it takes some time to cook, the preparation time is short. Nothing difficult here, I promise.

The best part is that the chilli can stay in the fridge up to 4-5 days! And it tastes even better each day. You can serve it in soo many different ways so even though the base is the same, you’ll be eating a totally different dish each time!

Let me give you some ideas on how to serve your chilli leftovers:

  1. With rice, avocado, and tomato salsa (pico de gallo).
  2. Put it on top of french fries or nachos.
  3. Stuff peppers and courgettes!
  4. With potatoes – make a pie, or simply stuff them.
  5. With flatbreads, cornbread or arepas – so good.
  6. With tacos and tortillas – easy peasy.
  7. With pasta – lasagna, why not?
  8. With rolls, hot-dogs, and hamburgers – who doesn’t love a good sandwich?!
  9. With eggs – make a shakshuka!
  10. With savory pancakes and waffles – when you want to feel a bit fancy.

These are just some ideas! Plenty of options! 🙂

Chilli con or sin carne

We all know chilli con carne, fewer people have heard about its other vegan, meatless version – chilli sin carne. Instead of meat, it is full of beans and veggies. Both versions are TOTALLY amazing. Choose the one that works best for you.

This recipe can be easily made vegan – just skip the meat. Instead, add more beans, sweet potatoes, and peppers. You can totally adjust it to your needs – use lentils, chickpeas, carrots or pumpkin. It will taste amazing!

Don’t be afraid of adding chocolate and coffee. It won’t taste weird, I promise. Chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg work PERFECTLY with beef. You need to try! If you don’t have dark chocolate, you can use unsweetened cacao powder instead!

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This may be The Best Chilli Con Carne Ever! Loaded with sweet potatoes and peppers, hearty beans and corn, and LOTS OF warming spices. Seriously delicious!

The Best Chilli Con Carne Ever

Yields8 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time2 hrs 30 minsTotal Time2 hrs 45 mins

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In all my recipes 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml, 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml, 1 cup equals 250 ml. Spoons and cups are lightly packed.

 600 g Ground beef
 1 Red onion
 1 Red bell pepper
 4 Garlic cloves
 1 cup Corn kernels
 800 g Canned tomatoes (2 cans)
 800 g Canned red kidney beans (2 cans)
 1 Sweet potato
 1 tbsp Tomato paste
 3 Pieces of dark chocolate
 ½ cup Black coffee
 ½ cup Water (or broth)
 1 tbsp Soy sauce
 1 tsp Sugar
 1 tsp Smoked paprika
 1 tsp Paprika
 1 pinch Cayenne pepper
 1 tsp Cumin
 1 tsp Dried oregano
 1 tsp Dried coriander
 2 Cloves
 1 stick Cinnamon
 1 pinch Nutmeg
 Salt and epper
 Oil
 Fresh coriander (to garnish)

1

Finely chop the onion and garlic.

2

Heat a large pan or pot over medium heat with a bit of oil, add the onions and garlic. Cook until the onion is soft.

3

In the meantime, chop pepper and sweet potato into bite-size pieces. Add to the pot along with all the spices. Cook for a few minutes.

4

Add beef, breaking it up into small pieces with a spoon. Cook for a few minutes more.

5

Add all the spices, water, soy sauce, coffee, chocolate, corn, tomato paste, canned tomatoes. Mix and cover the pot. Cook on the low heat 2 hours stirring from time to time.

6

Then uncover, add beans and cook for 30 minutes more. If the chilli is not thick enough cook it uncovered to reduce the liquid, stirring often. Season with salt and pepper.

7

Serve with fresh, chopped coriander.

 

Ingredients

 600 g Ground beef
 1 Red onion
 1 Red bell pepper
 4 Garlic cloves
 1 cup Corn kernels
 800 g Canned tomatoes (2 cans)
 800 g Canned red kidney beans (2 cans)
 1 Sweet potato
 1 tbsp Tomato paste
 3 Pieces of dark chocolate
 ½ cup Black coffee
 ½ cup Water (or broth)
 1 tbsp Soy sauce
 1 tsp Sugar
 1 tsp Smoked paprika
 1 tsp Paprika
 1 pinch Cayenne pepper
 1 tsp Cumin
 1 tsp Dried oregano
 1 tsp Dried coriander
 2 Cloves
 1 stick Cinnamon
 1 pinch Nutmeg
 Salt and epper
 Oil
 Fresh coriander (to garnish)

Directions

1

Finely chop the onion and garlic.

2

Heat a large pan or pot over medium heat with a bit of oil, add the onions and garlic. Cook until the onion is soft.

3

In the meantime, chop pepper and sweet potato into bite-size pieces. Add to the pot along with all the spices. Cook for a few minutes.

4

Add beef, breaking it up into small pieces with a spoon. Cook for a few minutes more.

5

Add all the spices, water, soy sauce, coffee, chocolate, corn, tomato paste, canned tomatoes. Mix and cover the pot. Cook on the low heat 2 hours stirring from time to time.

6

Then uncover, add beans and cook for 30 minutes more. If the chilli is not thick enough cook it uncovered to reduce the liquid, stirring often. Season with salt and pepper.

7

Serve with fresh, chopped coriander.

The Best Chilli Con Carne

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