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A Quick and Easy Chili Con Carne Recipe

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Whip up a Tasty Dish for a Party

An easy chili con carne recipe is what you want! This is an affordable recipe that requires no garlic, peppers, or red wine. This helps cut down the cost and preparation time. This dish is tasty and even works for a student's budget.

It's perfect for a great family meal or for other occasions, such as:

  • parties,
  • bonfire nights,
  • and holidays.

I'm sure you'll love this quick recipe that takes minimal effort to make! You can make this for a group or keep some to eat throughout the week.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

25 min

25 min

50 min

Serves four people


  • 500g beef, minced
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 400g can kidney beans, in chili sauce
  • 400g can tomatoes
  • Splash of Worcestershire sauce or any flavored sauce
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • Extra chili sauces to your spice preference


  1. Chop and fry the onions. Then, fry the minced beef in a pan. Combine them together.
  2. Add the kidney beans, tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, and any extras you want to the mixture.
  3. Mix everything together in the large saucepan. Cover the pan and bring it to a boil.
  4. Keeping the lid on, turn down the heat and let it simmer for 20-25 minutes. Stir it often. Taste the dish occasionally to see if more seasonings need to be added.
  5. Once cooked, the chili can be served immediately or cooled to keep in the fridge for a few days. It could also be frozen, but it never makes it to that stage in my house!
Serving suggestion with this quick and easy chili con carne recipe.

Serving suggestion with this quick and easy chili con carne recipe.

What to Serve With Chili Con Carne

Chili is a versatile dish that can be served with many other foods. You can serve this simple dish with any of the following sides:

1. Rice

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Use plain rice or even a packet of flavored rice. Personally I like to use a plain Basmati rice. I love and use it for everything. Also, any long grain rice or Patna rice will work. Just use what you have on hand!

2. Tortilla Chips

Turn this into a party bowl with tortilla chips. Pour your chili into a shallow dish and slide the tortilla chips in around the edges. If you place the bowl on a plate, you can also put a pile of chips around the base of the bowl. Add this to your list of easy party dip ideas!

3. Garlic Bread

I love eating chili with garlic bread. You can either make your own or buy frozen bread to reheat.

4. Hot Homemade Bread

If you've got some homemade bread, a big chunk of that pairs perfectly with chili. I often make a lovely herb bread, which is just a standard loaf with some oregano, marjoram, and thyme mixed in the dough.

5. French Fries/Chips/Potato Wedges

It doesn't matter if you call them French fries or chips—the bottom line is that chili con carne is a great accompaniment to a portion of chips! Potato wedges are also a great idea to have as a side dish.

6. Lettuce and Other Veggies

If you're on a diet, chili con carne can be a great low-calorie option if you serve it on a bed of crispy lettuce. You can even throw in some mixed peppers and grated carrots. The natural shape of a good lettuce leaf makes it an ideal container.

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