Healthy Chilli Con Carne For 2

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"From our weekday newspaper The West Australian. This recipe can easily be doubled for 4 or more."

Original is 2 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (458.3 g)
  • Calories 968.6
  • Total Fat - 46.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 10.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 193.1 mg
  • Sodium - 181.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 78.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 20.1 g
  • Sugars - 7.7 g
  • Protein - 62.4 g
  • Calcium - 213.9 mg
  • Iron - 11.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 19.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 1.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Heat the oil in a large heavy-based pan over medium-high heat and add onion and celery, and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes and then add mince and cook, breaking up any large pieces with a wooden spoon, for 4 minutes and now add the spice mix and cumin and season well.

Step 2

Stir in lentils and tomato and add 180ml (3/4 cup) water and bring mixture to the boil and then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until the lentils are cooked and mixture has thickened.

Step 3

Stir through the capsicum and beans, and cook for 1-2 minutes and then stir through half the coriander and half the chilli.

Step 4

Divide chilli con carne among serving bowls and scatter with the remaining coriander and chilli and serve with yoghurt, if using.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • For extra flavour, try using a mix of ground beef and ground pork.
  • Choose fresh chilli that is firm and bright in colour for the best flavour.

  • Ground beef: Ground turkey - The benefit of this substitution is that ground turkey is a leaner meat than beef, so it is a healthier option for those looking to reduce their saturated fat intake.
  • Canned diced tomatoes: Fresh diced tomatoes - The benefit of this substitution is that fresh tomatoes are higher in nutrients and antioxidants than canned tomatoes, so it is a healthier option for those looking to get the most nutritional value from their meal.

Vegetarian Version Replace the ground beef with 250 grams of crumbled firm tofu and replace the black beans with an additional 200 grams of canned diced tomatoes.

Mexican Street Corn Salad - This delicious salad pairs perfectly with the chilli con carne, adding a creamy sweetness and crunch to the meal. The combination of the sweet corn, creamy mayonnaise, and zesty lime juice is a great way to round out the meal and provide a balance of flavors.

Spicy Black Bean Soup: This spicy black bean soup is a great accompaniment to the Mexican Street Corn Salad and the chilli con carne. The soup is packed with flavor from the black beans and spices, and provides a hearty and comforting dish. The soup's heat and spice complements the sweetness of the corn salad, and the two together create a delicious meal.


Q: How much water should I add to the chilli con carne?

A: Add 180ml (3/4 cup) of water to the chilli con carne.

Q: How long should I cook the chilli con carne?

A: Cook the chilli con carne for about 30-35 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the beef is cooked through.

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Fun facts:

The Mexican spice mix used in this recipe is a combination of chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, and paprika. It is believed that the combination was created by the Aztecs and has been used in Mexican cooking for centuries.

The classic chilli con carne dish is said to have been invented by the famous Tex-Mex chef, Fritos Pie. He used the combination of beef, beans, and spices to create a dish that is still popular today.