Chili con Carne Recipe served with baguette
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Easy Recipe for Chili con Carne

This Recipe for Chili con Carne is an easy recipe that makes a delicious pot of chili for those cold, wet days when you need some comfort food. It’s a meaty, comforting dish using ground meat, onion, bell peppers, beans, and lots of spices. Tastes SOOO good with a slice of crusty bread. Also awesome served with some tortilla chips or even as a sauce with rice.

Prepared Recipe for Chili con Carne served with crusty bread rolls.

Chili con Carne is a Spanish name for a dish that means “Chili with meat” (“con” meaning “with”). So this is definitely a meat dish (sorry vegetarians!). If you’re looking for a vegetarian version, look for a Chili sin Carne recipe. ‘Sin’ = ‘without’ in Spanish (very logical). Anyway, that was your Spanish lesson for the day. 😅. Now on to the recipe.

Recipe Chili con Carne

Ingredients Prep

Here are the spices and seasonings needed for this Recipe for Chili con Carne. There are quite a few of them so here they all are on one page. If possible, don’t omit any of them as they all give the Chili its wonderful taste. I measured them all out on a plate to make it easier to add later, but this is optional.

  • Black pepper
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Cumin (whole, but ground is also ok)
  • Chili Flakes
  • Salt

To start off, finely chop the onions, chop the peppers, and mince the garlic. Set these aside.

Preparing the Recipe for Chili con Carne

Place the minced meat into a Dutch oven, or a heavy bottomed pan (I like to use my kazan for this dish). Sauté the meat until no longer red, then add the chopped onions. Sauté until they are translucent.

Add minced garlic and chopped peppers and sauté for a few more minutes until the garlic is fragrant and the peppers have softened a bit.

Add the chili sauce, canned tomatoes (or an equivalent in grated tomatoes), and the spices and seasonings. Bring everything to a slow simmer.

Add the beans and then water. Mix well together, cover, and let simmer for 10 minutes.

Serve hot with some sour cream, crusty bread, and tortilla chips or make Chili con Carne and Rice (serve as a sauce over rice).

Chili con Carne served with crusty bread.

Lastly, if you make this Recipe for Chili con Carne, make sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating here! I’d love to hear back from you and will do my best to answer and respond to every comment. And of course, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram if you make this recipe. I’d love to see the photos of the recipes you have made!

Easy Chili con Carne

Easy Chili con Carne Recipe using ground beef, veggies and herbs.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Bell Pepper, Chili, Chili con Carne, Ground Beef
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1.2lb (500g) Ground beef
  • 2 Medium onions
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1 can Tomatoes (400g)
  • 2 cans Kidney beans (125g each)
  • 1 Green bell pepper
  • ¼ cup Chili sauce (Such as Texicana)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1-2 tbsp Oil (for sautéing)
  • 1 Small can of corn (optional)

Spices & Seasonings

  • ¼ tsp Thyme
  • ¼ tsp Cumin
  • ¼ tsp Oregano
  • ⅛-¼ tsp Chili flakes (or to taste)
  • ⅛ tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt (or to taste)

Instructions

  • Using a Dutch Oven or a heavy bottom pot, sauté ground beef in oil until no longer pink (7-8 minutes).
  • Add onion and sauté another few minutes until the onion is translucent.
  • Add the minced garlic and chopped peppers and sauté until garlic is fragrant and the peppers start to turn soft.
  • Add the chili sauce, canned tomatoes, and seasonings and spices. Bring to a slow simmer.
  • Add the beans and water. Mix well, cover and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add a small can of corn (optional), let it warm through.
  • Serve.

If you’re looking for more comforting dishes, check out my Creamed Zucchini Soup Recipe with Bacon or the Kazakh Beef Plov.

EASY Recipe for Chili con Carne

This Recipe for Chili con Carne is an easy recipe that makes a delicious pot of chili. It's a meaty, comforting dish using ground meat, onion, bell peppers, beans, and lots of spices. Tastes SOOO good with a slice of crusty bread.

Type: Main Course

Cuisine: American, Mexican

Keywords: Chili, Chili con Carne, Ground Beef, Beans, Tomato sauce, Easy Recipe, Bell Pepper

Recipe Yield: 6

Preparation Time: PT0H20M

Cooking Time: PT0H25M

Total Time: PT0H45M

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Ground Beef
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Kidney beans
  • Bell Pepper
  • Chili sauce
  • Olive Oil
  • Thyme
  • Cumin
  • Oregano
  • Chili flakes
  • Black pepper
  • Salt

Recipe Instructions:

Sauté:

  • Using a Dutch Oven or a heavy bottom pot, sauté ground beef in oil until no longer pink (7-8 minutes).
  • Add onion and sauté another few minutes until the onion is translucent.
  • Add the minced garlic and chopped peppers and sauté until garlic is fragrant and the peppers start to turn soft.

Simmer:

  • Add the chili sauce, canned tomatoes, and seasonings and spices. Bring to a slow simmer.
  • Add the beans and water. Mix well, cover and let simmer for 10 minutes.

Serve:

  • Add a small can of corn (optional), let it warm through.
  • Serve.

Editor's Rating:
5

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