Wholesome, hearty chilli con carne

Jan 09, 2021
The Mexican spice mix, cumin and chilli in this recipe will get the tastebuds tingling! Source: Getty.

The flavour-packed dinner will fill you up in the best way possible. Serve with some refreshing yoghurt and enjoy!

Serves 4


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 500g extra-lean beef mince
  • 3 tsp Mexican spice mix
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 115g (1/2 cup) red lentils
  • 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 120g chargrilled capsicum strips, drained
  • 400g can black beans or kidney beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander
  • 2 long fresh green chillies, sliced
  • Natural or Greek yoghurt, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat oil in large heavy-based pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add mince and cook – breaking up any large pieces with a wooden spoon – for 4 minutes. Add spice mix and cumin. Season well.
  3. Stir in lentils and tomato. Add 375ml (1 1/2 cups) of water. Bring mixture to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer – uncovered – for 20 minutes or until the lentils are cooked and mixture has thickened.
  4. Stir through capsicum and beans and cook for 1-2 minutes. Stir through half the coriander and half the chilli. Divide chilli con carne among serving bowls. Scatter with remaining coriander and chilli. Serve with yoghurt, if using.

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