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Quick Chilli Con Carne with Baked Beans

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Looking for a super quick chilli con carne recipe? Our easy chilli recipe takes just 30 minutes from start to finish making it perfect for weeknight dinner. Tasty, flavourful and just a super simple family meal. 

Quick Chilli Con Carne is one of those dinners that kids just LOVE and so it’s great for weeknight dinner.

Our easy chilli recipe made with baked beans is ready in just 30 minutes so it’s easy to throw together even on busy days.

Baked beans with ground beef is just one of those food combinations that works oh so well!

And the great thing about chilli con carne is that once everything is in the pan, it just takes care of itself – so you’re free to help out with the kids homework or whatever.

homemade quick chilli con carne with baked beans - chilli is in an enamel skillet pan and is scattered with chopped coriander

How To Make Quick Chilli Con Carne

We’ve give you the basic quick chilli con carne recipe – but feel free to mix things up – add more spice, more veggies, serve it in different ways. Just do what suits you!

Chilli con carne is also a great recipe for using up any odds and ends of veggies you have lying about in the fridge – just chop them up and throw them in. 

Quick Chilli Ingredients

ingredients for quick chilli con carne - 500g beef mince, bowl of BBQ baked beans, white bowl with olive oil, red pepper, red onion, red chilli, two cloves garlic, small blue saucer with ground cumin, small blue saucer with sea salt and black pepper on a wooden chopping board
  • 1 tbs olive oil – you can use rapeseed oil or sunflower oil if you prefer.
  • 1 red onion – just choose a medium sized onion and finely dice it.
  • 1 red pepper – choose a red or orange pepper, rather than green as they have a sweeter taste. Simply dice the pepper into bitesized pieces.
  • 1 tsp Lazy Garlic – I usually keep a jar of lazy garlic in the fridge, it’s just so handy. However you could just use 2 cloves garlic – grated instead. Or even use dried garlic granules.
  • 1 tsp Lazy Chillies – again jars of lazy chilli are really handy, I use them in casseroles, curries and stews. But you can just use 1 fresh chilli – finely sliced instead.
  • 400g lean beef mince – be sure to choose lean beef mince the lower fat the better. If possible choose grass-fed.
  • 400g tin BBQ baked beans – I use Heinz BBQ beans for my quick chilli recipe.
  • 1 tsp ground cumin – cumin just gives the chilli a nice earthy, warm flavour.
  • sea salt and black pepper – to taste

How To Make Quick Chilli Con Carne With Baked Beans

You’ll love how fast it is to make our easy chilli recipe! One of our favourite quick mince recipes!

Firstly prepare the vegetables and gather together your ingredients so cooking is quicker and easier.

  • Peel and dice the red onion
red and white bowl filled with chopped red onion, small white bowl of olive oil, diced red pepper and chilli in the background
  • Dice the red pepper
blue and white bowl filled with diced red pepper, bowl of diced red onions and grated garlic in the background.
  • Prepare the garlic and chilli – If you’re using fresh garlic and chilli instead of the lazy jarred variety – then peel the garlic and grate and finely slice the chilli (remove the seeds if you prefer it not to be too spicy)

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blue and white bowl filled with chopped red chilli, small saucer of grated garlic, bowls of diced onions and diced red peppers in the background
  • Fry the onions and peppers – add the olive oil to a large skillet pan or big saucepan and sauté the onions, peppers and garlic – just for a minute or two.

enamel skillet pan with olive oil, chopped red onions, chopped red peppers and garlic being stirred with a wooden spoon
  • Add the chillies and sauté for a minute.
enamel skillet pan with sautéed onions and red peppers along with sliced red chillies and grated garlic being stirred with a wooden spoon
  • Tip the ground beef into the pan – break it up using a spoon so it cooks more evenly.
enamel skillet pan with sautéed red pepper, onion, garlic and chilli with 500g beef mince added to the pan being broken up with a wooden spoon
  • Brown the minced beef over a medium heat – it should only take a few minutes – keep stirring the pan so it browns evenly.
enamel skillet pan with browned mince meat and sautéed peppers, onions, garlic and chilli being stirred with a wooden spoon, bowlful of BBQ baked beans in the background
  • Tip in the BBQ baked beans – mix into the minced beef and vegetables.
enamel skillet pan with browned mince meat and sautéed peppers, onions, garlic and chilli being stirred with a wooden spoon tin full of BBQ baked beans has just been tipped into the pan
  • Add the ground cumin
enamel skillet pan with homemade quick chilli con carne with baked beans - small saucer of ground cumin being tipped into the pan
  • Season with salt and ground black pepper – remember the canned baked beans will have salt in so you may not need to add as much salt as usual.
enamel skillet pan filled with homemade quick chilli con carne - small saucer of sea salt and black pepper being added to the pan
  • Mix the ground cumin, salt and pepper into the chilli con carne – and then bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and cook with the lid on for around 20 minutes – or until the beef is cooked through properly.
  • Check the chilli con carne after about 10 minutes – if it looks a little on the dry side add a splash of boiling water.
panful of quick homemade chilli con carne with baked beans, ground beef, red onions and red peppers
  • Once the quick chilli con carne is cooked – sprinkle over some chopped coriander and serve.
homemade quick chilli con carne with baked beans - chilli is in an enamel skillet pan and is scattered with chopped coriander

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What Extra Vegetables Can I Put In A Chilli?

bowlful of 20 minute beef and baked bean chilli

If you need the chilli con carne to feed more people or last for two dinners instead of the one then you can add in any of the following veggies to bulk up your chilli con carne and it’ll still tasty great!

  • More diced peppers 
  • Diced courgettes
  • Grated carrots or beetroot – these will just cook into the sauce, the kids won’t notice they’re in there!
  • Add in an extra can of baked beans or try kidney beans or black beans
  • Throw in a can of tinned tomatoes
  • Add sliced mushrooms.
  • Add in a can of sweetcorn

How To Bulk Up Chilli To Feed More People

If you need your chilli to feed a crowd but don’t want to spend too much extra money then you could try…

  • Bulking up with the extra veggies listed above
  • Add in a tin of lentils – it’ll just blend in with the meat and beans.
  • Make more side dishes – rice, wedges, mashed potatoes, wraps, cheesy nachos all work well. 

Can I Make Chilli Con Carne With Turkey Mince?

You totally can make your chilli con carne with turkey mince – we’ve got a super tasty turkey mince chilli recipe here for you – delicious, healthy and simple to make.

turkey mince chilli served with side dishes of chips, rice, sweetcorn, grated cheese and chopped avocado

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What Side Dishes Go With A Chilli?

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  • Add a side salad and a quick freshly made guacamole – it’s super quick to make homemade guacamole and tastes so good!
  • Serve alongside nachos, wedges or boiled rice.
  • Load into oven baked potatoes and top with soured cream and grated cheese. 
  • Load into soft flour wraps with grated cheese, soured cream and lots of fresh crunchy salad.

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Can I Make Chilli Con Carne In The Slow Cooker?

Yes – you can cook our chilli con carne with baked beans in the slow cooker. Just cook on low for around 8 hours.

You may need to thicken the sauce, you can do this using a couple of tsp of cornflour mixed into a paste using cold water, then stir through the chilli and simmer to thicken.

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How To Make Spicy Chilli Recipe

You can add a spicy twist to our baked bean chilli – add in a couple of squirts of hot chilli sauce or a big pinch of dried red chilli flakes.

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Yield: Serves 4

Quick Chilli Con Carne with Baked Beans

homemade quick chilli con carne with baked beans - chilli is in an enamel skillet pan and is scattered with chopped coriander

Super tasty quick chilli con carne recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 red pepper 
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 red chilli 
  • 400g lean beef mince
  • 400g tin BBQ baked beans
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • pinch of salt and black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add a drizzle of olive oil the the skillet pan and gently fry the onions, garlic and peppers for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the chillies and mix in.
  3. Add the beef mince and brown over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Tip in the baked beans, ground cumin and salt and pepper.
  5. Add a splash of water if you think it looks a little dry.
  6. Bring the chilli con carne to the boil and then reduce the heat and simmer with the lid on for 25 minutes or until the beef is cooked through properly.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 482Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 957mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 6gSugar: 12gProtein: 44g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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