Beef chilli



Serves 4-6


  • 1 tablespoon rapeseed oil
  • 750g beef mince, 5% fat
  • 1 onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 400g tin tomatoes
  • 400g tin red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 400ml beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • A pinch Maldon sea salt
  • Good grind of black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf


Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Beef chilli

Who knew the nutritional power behind such a crowd-pleaser… Peppers are in the top 15 list for foods naturally high in Vitamin A; beef mince helps to protect your immune system and heart; tomatoes protect the prostate; kidney beans are also a great source for fibre which keeps our gut healthy and prevents diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Mix in a homemade guacamole high in vegetables and calcium in cheese and Greek yoghurt and it’s a great all-rounder.


Preheat the oven to 140/275/gas 1.

Heat the rapeseed oil over a high heat in a heavy based saucepan or casserole dish. Add the mince and brown. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn the heat to medium and add the red pepper and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes before adding all of the spices. Cook for a further 2 minutes, stirring continuously so they don’t burn.

Then add the tomato paste, cocoa powder, Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce and cook for 30 seconds, and give it all a good stir. Finally add the tinned tomatoes, kidney beans, stock, salt and pepper and bay leaf.

Turn up to full heat to make sure it has reached temperature. Once simmering, turn the heat right down so that it’s releasing a bubble every few seconds. Give it a good stir to stop it from catching, pop the lid on and cook in the oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Serve with brown rice or corn tortillas, homemade guacamole, Greek yoghurt and grated cheddar cheese.



For me, chilli con carne is a great sharing meal. I bring all the pots to the table alongside the guacamole, cheese and Greek yoghurt, so that everyone can help themselves. For the kids especially, this makes it special as they can choose what they would like – they often go back for seconds and thirds. Sharing is caring after all!”

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