Chilli Con Carne

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Serves: 5 (302 calories/portion)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour


  • 500g lean minced beef (10% or less fat)
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1–2 tsp hot chilli powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 150ml red wine or extra stock
  • 300ml beef stock, made with 1 beef stock cube
  • 400g can of chopped tomatoes
  • 400g can of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • flaked sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Cooking Method

  1. Place a large non-stick saucepan over a medium heat and add the beef and onions. Cook together for 5 minutes, stirring the beef and squishing it against the sides of the pan to break up the lumps. Add the garlic, 1–2 teaspoons of chilli powder, depending on how hot you like your chilli, and the cumin and coriander. Fry together for 1–2 minutes more. Sprinkle over the flour and stir well.
  2. Slowly add the wine and then the stock, stirring constantly. Tip the tomatoes and kidney beans into the pan and stir in the tomato purée, caster sugar, oregano and bay leaf. Season with a pinch of salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Bring to a simmer on the hob, then cover loosely with a lid. Reduce the heat and leave to simmer gently for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mince is tender and the sauce is thick. Adjust the seasoning to taste and serve.
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  • What a dish brill thanks guys

  • Fantastic meal ! Tried a few of the recipes now and weight coming off.

    • Hello Colin I am making this for my friends party so I am taking your word for it being fantastic.

      • wow did they like it

  • Very good didn't have wine but was very tasty and easy to do 5stars

    • I added tinned lentils and few cougettes

  • Really enjoyed this Chilli, I like mushrooms in mine so cut back on the mince and added mushrooms instead. Very tasty. Thanks Guys.

    • Sounds great will have to try

  • Easy to follow and came out looking like the picture which is always a bonus, great deep flavour.

  • Easy recipe to follow, delicious! Thanks guys :D

  • I've cooked this a couple of times usually on a Sunday ready for Wednesday - the tastes improve whilst sitting in the fridge. Love it

  • We normally make Jamie Oliver's chilli which is lovely, but swimming in oil. I wasn't sure how this would compare, but it was absolutely delicious - although I think I was a little light handed on the hot chilli powder - only used 1 tsp, could have taken a bit more. Now really looking forward to receiving the Hairy Dieters recipe book which I ordered the other day.

  • I made this recipe tonight for my sister. We both enjoyed it very much. We added bread to use up all the liquids. Lovely dish.

  • I haven't cooked this for myself yet, however after eating it at a friends on bonfire night I have ordered the book and cant wait to cook this and other dishes for myself!!!

  • Loved this dish. You've really inspired me to take stock of my weight. Lost 4 Kg in the last couple of months! I increased the portion sizes, bit added grated courgette (like your burgers) and mixed beans to avoid upping the calories too much.
    Eat it with corn tortilla (base in bowl) or chickpea chapati torn in!

  • Loved this dish. You've really inspired me to take stock of my weight. Lost 4 Kg in the last couple of months! I increased the portion sizes, bit added grated courgette (like your burgers) and mixed beans to avoid upping the calories too much.
    Eat it with corn tortilla (base in bowl) or chickpea chapati torn in!

  • Oooh lurvly guna wrap it in tortilla wiv salsa and sour cream can't wait it smells lovely can't wait cheers guys !

  • Haven't tried this recipe yet. I use red wine vinegar, brown sugar and a touch of peanut butter in mine

  • Very tasty, the leek works a treat.

  • just made this scrummy dish with quorn mince, hubby (a meat eater) loved it.

  • I've cooked this up for the family this evening... went down a storm not a scrap left. I served in a tortilla bowl with a small dollop of sour cream, not only looked great but tastes amazing!

  • Had the book for xmas, just made the chilli,did'nt put wine in ( not drinking in jan) really rice

    • Made this chilly with Quorn mince. It's the best chilli recipe I think I've ever used. Excellent

  • loved the dish, used mild chilli powder instead of hot (wife and son dont do hot). they were so impressed they are having this dish for dinner a second night running!!!

  • Chilli traditionally has bacon in it to give it a lovely smokey flavour, but it has loads of fat in it so I substituted a teaspoon of smoked paprika - gives the smokey flavour but without the added calories!

  • We have used this recipe ever since we saw it demostrated for the first time on TV! We now tend to add more beans (cannelini beans are good), wrap the chilli in a wholemeal tortilla and serve on a bed of salad and leave out the soured cream, to further reduce the calories!

  • Shizzer I forgot to rinse the beans :-/ 45 mins till we eat! Ill be back with my verdict! Cheers boys luv the book btw x

    • Shizzer forgot to rinse beans also!!!.....what was outcome ...still Ok???

  • Loved it, loved it, loved it!! Live alone and find that cutting recipe's down often throws them out of balance, so I love being able to make big portions and freeze them, which is what I've done here. Will never return to my old way of making chilli!

    This is the first cook book in years that I've wanted to cook nearly every recipe. So far I've tried the Meat Pies (scrummy), the Lamb Curry, the Chilli, and the Cajun Chicken - all absolutely delish. I've lost 5 lbs in my first week.

    A revelation. Well done guys! xx

  • Lovely dish , cut up some wraps into triangles and sprinkled with some olive oil, garlic & herbs and toasted in the oven for a couple of minutes to crisp them up to have with this dish... yum (though would maybe add a fresh chilli as well next time).

  • loved the dish!! replaced the kidney beans with baked beans, just as tasty
    looking forward to trying more!

  • Me and the whole family enjoyed this recipe, defiantly a must have dish!

  • Just luuurved this! was a little unsure about adding red wine and a bay leaf but was really impressed with the flavour will be making this again. x

  • Hi guys, My family loved your show & the kids then bought their dad your book for Christmas. We've had some great dinners so far from your book & chilli is on the menu tonight. It was a doddle to make & a sneaky taster tells me it is going to become a family favourite. Thanks so much for the inspiration you have given to a lot of men to shed the lbs & get their health under control while still eating hearty man meals.

  • The best chilli I have ever eaten and low in calories I even split it into six portions as it was so filling Thank you

  • even better with Dark chocolate added to it yummy

  • Fantastic flavour! The best chilli Iv made, I'm really loving the hairy dieters book haven't had a bad recipe yet!

  • Absolutley delicious!! So tasty my husband made it whilst I watched but was so easy! he loved it too! thanks for a great receipe will be one to keep always!! Thanks hairy Bikers!!

  • I agree with Megan R , the best chilli I've ever made, we also love the Lamb & spinach curry, the cajun chicken & potato wedges, the leek & potato pasties, the rissotto and Prawn & Pepper Curry. I must try the chicken tangle pie next as everyone seems to love that one.

  • I've used your recipe a couple of times now, with fantastic results - I really like the richness of the sauce, and only thing I added was a red pepper and a bit of ginger. Whats great is that its so simple with no obscure and hard to find ingredients!

  • Got all the ingredients togetor with the help of my 6 children who love to help cooking! My 9yr old son watches youre show and wants to be a 'Chef when he grows up.. chilli was yummy ;-)

  • First time i have made chilli, it was such an easy recipe to follow and it tastes scrummy. I used the chocolate instead of the caster sugar. Will definately make it again

  • I wish I could enter this chilli into a contest - it would win 1st prize, hands down! Thank you for this receipe. This is just what chilli should taste like to me! Bye Bye old slow cooker receipe! Myself, husband and kids are in love! :-)

  • Delicious delicious delicious

  • This recipe is brilliant I make it at least once a week. It's so easy .
    Thank you boys!

  • Must admit that I'm a bit of an amateur but this was simple and tasted absolutely brill. Can't wait until I have it again.........

  • I have used many chilli recipes over the years and have to say that this is probably the best of all!

  • Nice recipe - I blend hot chilli and paprika to get the strength of chilli I want for the family with enough flavour, and I also add a teaspoon of cocoa powder for added depth of flavour and colour.

  • Making it now, it is simmering on the stove.
    Smelling delicious ! Looking forward to serving it to my guests.

  • I am a massive fan of both the shows and the books. I have almost every one of the books and everything I have made has come out fantastic. This was not exception. I have it inside a fajitta wrap with some cheese on top. MAGIC

  • Awesome recipe, I made it last month froze it and took it camping, everyone loved it. made it again tonight and served it in wraps with salad was great

  • Great recipe, lots of flavour!
    I made this with mild chilli powder and minced turkey and it was lovely! Will def be making again ;-)

  • This is great this a real family fav thanks for making such greats books

  • I'm bucking the trend here!!!
    I finished cooking this dish about 15 minutes ago. So disappointed in the results especially after reading all the previous comments - all I can taste is wine - won't be making again and once it's cooled, it'll be going in the bin :-(

  • Leave the wine in a glass or add to spag Bol recipe..
    Fry off onions ( finely chopped carrot can also be added) and then add a couple of cloves of crushed or chopped garlic and continue to fry for a couple of mins over a gentle heat.
    after about 5 mins or as soon the ingredients soften add smoked paprika about a desert spoon, add 2 tablespoons of tomato purée and allow to gently cook through for a couple of mins. Now I like to add a finely chopped scotch bonnet chilli (maybe 2) then and the mince, once the mince is almost browned and any lumps broken down add 2-4 tablespoons Worcester sauce, don't use own brand go for lea&perrin it does make a difference..
    Add a half of a red pepper which is chopped into about 1cm pieces, can of rinsed kidney beans or what ever your favourite tinned pulse, some tinned pulses should be added nearer the end of simmering as they can break down and become mushy.
    Next add a tin of whole plum tomatoes, I like to then cut or break them down in the pan and removing any skins missed in the canning process, refill the tin to about half with water and add if required at this point and or during the Simmering process allow to simmer for about an hour, regularly checking and stirring. I would at this point season with Maldon sea salt, smokey version works well, pepper and about a desert spoon of sugar. Just before serving add 2 squares of bournville chocolate, I find this has the right balance of flavour. You can leave out its your preference but the remainder of the block can be used to make a delicious hot chocolate drink if you've not been nibbling your way through the bar!

    Serve the chilli in a large bowl sprinkled with a few coriander or parsley leaves (again your choice). Side orders of sour cream/natural yogurt and slices if lime. Not forgetting a light salad, rice and or tortilla wraps, the wraps after warming you could place them into individual bowls and serve the chilli on top.

    Recipe for hot chocolate for 4 servings use the milk of your choice fill one mug to about 3/4 full and repeat a further 3 times, the milk should be placed into a suitable size saucepan to about half way up the side. Add 1 cinnamon stick, 1 capful of a quality vanilla extract not essence! There is a taste difference...
    Break up the remaining Bournville and add to the cold milk, cinnamon and vanilla.
    next whilst stirring the milk all the time and using a gentle heat bring up the mixture to just below boiling point (milk starts to rise up the side of the pan, hence the reason for a large pan).
    Carefully pour the hot chocolate into the mugs to about an inch from the top because you need some room for the squirty cream and the light dusting of coco powder..
    Enjoy and remember its HOT chocolate.

    • I will give it a go !

    • StJohn, take a tip, use the Bikers recipe, far more simpler!!!

  • My boys insist I use hairy bikers recipes because it's good harty food and this is a good chilly , leaves a kick in the mouth after food has gone down so I was carefull not to add to much hot chilli . I use alot of there recipes from the bbc web site. Great cooks .

  • its good ricepe and custumer like it

  • i made this yesterday. i also put baked beans in this and it was lovely. i don't drink wine so i chucked some pepsi in there. delicious. also, we don't eat rice so i added some chips from local chippy.

  • Eaten twice now - first at MotoGuzzi rally then made it at home.
    It was great both times.
    At home it was hot in places because used a sliced Serrano chilli (including the seeds, straight off a plant) with 1 tsp of hot dried chilli powder. Froze the other half for another go.

  • Always thought that Chili was supposed to have a green pepper chopped up in it or is this just something that the English do

  • Easy to make, great with baked beans instead of red kidney beans, best chilli I've ever made. All the family love it.

  • Hi! I loved this recipe. It was very tasty and super healthy! I am a new mother and currently nursing an 8 month old baby and need to eat good nutritious food. Your recipe was simple to execute and therefore possible to do when taking care of a little one.

    Thank you!

  • I like it HOT!!!!
    A good slug of Extreme Bhut Jolokia sauce really gives some heat. Also add a red pepper, sliced fresh chillies and some black eyed peas to squeeze out an extra portion. Batch cook and saved for another day!
    Lovin' it!
    Potato and leek pasties are also great! Can't wat to try more!

  • made this last night, kid you not this best chilli i have tasted ans simple to make, well done

  • I have received the books and it has more post it notes on the pages than i dont know what (all the things i want to make get post it notes to mark them off then i work my way through till i have made them all) Made this last night having it for tea this evening, but had to have a little taste last night after it had cooked .It was lovely cant wait to eat it tonight and save a bit for the freezer as well I hope!

  • Firm favourite with our family. Having lost 2.5 stone in the last 8 months having followed a healthy eating diet this has become a firm favourite with my family. Cheers Hairy Bikers!!!

  • I love Chilli-con-carne, it's one of my favourite dishes, and since trying this recipe, I can't bear to cook any others as they wont be as good as this one. Absolutely gorgeous and so easy to make!!

  • Best chilli ever! Have to make two batches at a time, he likes mild & no beans, i like hot with beans. No compromise on this one. Thanks

  • y daughter served this fabulous Chilli today for 10 of us . She did it because she is feeling tired ,but wanted us to visit, It was more than very good, it was absolutely fabulous. The first time I have had a recipe from you , and it will not be the last , all of us are converted to your recipes from now on
    Looking forward to trying more. Thank you so much

  • Can you freeze this?

    • I do and it tastes even better then.

  • Fabulous! My husband says it's the he's eaten!! Regularly on our menu!!!!!!!

  • OK. Been making Chili for forty years. Tried this, just for something different, but added a green and a red pepper at the time you add the beans. Verdict? Excellent, I'll certainly do this again, and again, and again! Will go out and get that book.

  • this was exallent I love chilli I make my own, try putting half a small bar of the best milk chocolate 10 mins before the end. lovely.

  • Awesome, better left three days in the fridge to develop flavours and didn't have leaks but still awesome. Be sure to stir regularly and not over heat it.

  • Made this tonight and it was so good, I out the 2 tsp of chilli and even my daughter ate it although she had to have a slug of milk afterwards. 10/10 will definitely be cooking this again. :)

  • Lovely Chilli! I will definitely be making this again! 5 stars! :)

  • Absolutely delicious!! First time making this tonight and will definitely become a firm favourite of mine.

  • Fantastic dish...

  • What a fab recipe! First time I've made chilli con carne from scratch with amazing results! I added more chilli powder than what was recommended because we prefer 'hot' dinners but the result was excellent. Thank you so much!

  • Tried a few recipes, yours is without a doubt the best I've had. Everybody loved it.

  • Never done chilli con carne before, this recipe was very easy after looking at a few, it was beaut , and came out looking the same as the picture, lovely

  • Another great recipe from the Bikers when I am looking for a recipe now I allways look to see if they have the one I am looking for, never had a bad one yet.

  • Wow, this recipe is so easy to follow and yet taste so great. Best chili that I have cooked and tasted.

  • Beautiful recipe, best chilli i have had in a long time!! Thankyou.

  • This was absolutely delicious. I mixed some jalapenos through and was the perfect amount of spice. It freezes well too.

  • I made this but did not put the kidney beans in and made a Lasagne out of it! Its was superb especially the day after!!

  • I take some of the mince out and replace it with grated carrot and finely chopped celery. It tastes just as good and gets some extra veg into the kids :)

    • I also add chopped celery, grated courgette in with the onion and sliced carrot. Really great recipe for chilli and I've tried a few! :-)

  • I put all the ingredients in my slow cooker and cook on low for 6/7 hours. Instead of the caster sugar, I add a couple of squares of dark chocolate about 15 mins before end of cooking time. It's scrummy

  • It's winter in Cape Town and this is one of my favourite recipes to make at the moment to keep us warm! Easy to make and a winner every time! Friends and family love it, thanks guys!

  • Nice easy to follow recipe
    Had to add lots more cumin and chilli when cooking and tasting
    My partner loved it but i thought it really needed a lot more cumin and chilli powder added but then thats my personal choice
    Will certainly cook it again plus add more next time plus some dark cooking chocolate will give it a extra flavour

  • just in the process of making your chilli recipe for the england game tonight in fridge .all set lol thanks steve

  • I made this the other day and has to be the best chilli I've made. My husband couldn't get enough of it. Will definitely do this again.

  • Ty guys really enjoyed this chilli think I will try more of your recipes :-)

  • Made this tonight but substituted baked beans for red kidney beans and also added peppers. It was so tasty!!! Will definitely be making this again :)

  • I tried this for the first time and it was better than using a jar.

  • This is the second time I have done this Chilli. It is fantastic!

  • Made this in slow cooker today. DELICIOUS! Served with avocado, low fat yoghurt and flat bread.

    • Added celery and mushrooms too!!

  • Absolutely delicious and will definitely be making it again. I threw in a drained can of lentils too and I think it turned out perfect. We had the leftovers for dinner the next night too!

  • This chilli recipe is the best!!!!! Its soooo scrummy I cannot stop eating it!! Lol! Well done so and Dave

  • So tasty and easy! Great dish guys.

  • Cooking this as I type. Couldn't find my chilli powder so added thai chilli sauce and fresh oregano instead of dry (which I find more potent but ran out). Smells delicious and can't wait to dry tonight.

  • I can't see any reason why you need to put sugar in, could you tell me why you do this please?.

  • Best recipe for chilli con carne ever. I normally double up the recipe because it tastes just as good second time around. Making it now to have after our Bonfire Night in our village. Enjoy!!

  • Brilliant Recipe, Only a couple of changes for me, Never got flour so thats a No No and Sugar i exchange for two tspn Golden Syrup
    YUM YUM.

  • CCC (to give it it's official TLA) is much improved by the addition of cocoa powder (not drinkin chocolate mind). A level teaspoon in this recipe will give all the flavours a real depth - it works like magic and I think that is what Mexicans put in theirs.

  • Just made this - lovely stuff :)

  • My families favourite ever chilli recipe. I leave out the wine, but add a teaspoon of cinnamon. Never any leftovers, no matter how much I cook, intending to freeze half.

  • This is the second hairy bikers recipe I have tried, the first being beef curry, which was the nicest I have tasted. This one is also very good, and I shall definitely be making it again.

  • I followed the recipe exactly and it tasted ok but not as nice as I hoped it would.

  • Totally scrummy! Much better than some I have done. Got loads more flavour but did add another stock cube (no water) and extra chilli. Will definately make again!

  • The best chilli con carni recipe that i have come across in a long time, The whole of my family loves this, My youngest child is 1 and my eldest is 14. Very tasty

  • made this, this afternoon....absolutely delicious. Will be a firm favorite from now on with my husband and I.


  • Great chilli! Made this for my band…I like to add small pieces of chorizo which you cook in the pan first and then remove and put on a napkin to soak up the oil, also adds to the paprika thing. Also some fresh chillies to make the eyes water!

  • Brilliant recipe, so tasty, love it

  • Fab dish! So easy to make, love it!

  • Since i dont have weight issues i put in some extras , like cinnamon, mais, bellpepper, a cube of dark chocolate and the green of scallions to garnish. Its a nice dark chili.

  • Wow this is lovely..... hmmmmm.
    To be honest i put the 2 tsp of hot chilli powder in followed by a couple of small green chilli`s and when i tasted it nearly blew my head off Lol maybe i shouldnt of added the green chilli`s as well .... anyway to calm it down a tad i also added 3 tbsp of marscaponi cream cheese into the equation and I got to say it was really nice and creamy and still had a kick but not blow your head off as it was before Lol ..... hot and creamy yum yum :)

  • I made this but didnt put flour or caster sugar as mums on diet of no sugar low carbs. And i swapped the kidney beans for extra tin of tomatoes and 100g red lentils. However i added more veg like mushrooms, red and green peppers and grated carrot and it was really nice but i think the chilli powder i used was way too hot coz i only put 2tsps but it blew me head off lol

  • superb chilli, i added scotch bonnet chillis and used kidney beans in chilli sauce which helps with flavour. Will most certanly be making this again.

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