Recipe: Jamie's Chilli Con Carne


Jamie's chilli con carne recipe is barely a recipe. For him, the beauty of it is that it comes out different every time so feel free to mix it up, add your own twists and have fun!


  • 1 large brown onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 750 g beef mince
  • 1 tsp hot chilli powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 good beef stock cube
  • 400 g tinned tomatoes
  • 400 g tin red kidney beans with chilli sauce
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
Sweat the Onion and Garlic

Step 1

Sweat The Onion And Garlic

Peel and dice the onion and garlic. Pour the oil into a large saucepan over a medium heat and add the onion and garlic. Sweat for 10 minutes.

Add the beef

Step 2

Add The Beef

Add the beef mince in large-ish chunks, turn the heat up high and brown the outside for 5 minutes (gives different textures of mince). Stir in spices and carry on cooking for 5 minutes


Step 3


Add stock cube, tomatoes, kidney beans plus anything else you want from a selection of flavoursome things I often use tomato puree, tomato ketchup, brown sauce, red wine, beer or worcestershire sauce. Bring to the boil for 5 minutes. Put a lid on the pan and turn hob down to the lowest setting - leave for 1 hour, stirring every few minutes. After 1 hour, take lid off and leave to cook for another hour, or until thick, very gloopy texture is achieved. You could use a heat diffuser to keep cooking temperature as low as possible.


Step 4


Serve with boiled rice or cornbread and sour cream. Serves 6

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