Sara's chilli con carne

Retro party recipe for 4 people, takes only 20 mins; recipe has olive oil, onion, garlic clove, chilli powder, cumin, oregano, minced beef, tomato, beef stock cube, red pepper, sundried tomato and red kidney beans.

Sara's chilli con carne

Sara's chilli con carne

Recipe by Chef Soomro Course: Retro party


Prep time

20 mins


  • Chilli Powder: 2 tbsp mild chilli powder
  • Cumin: 2 tsp ground cumin
  • Red Pepper: 2 large red peppers, deseeded and cut into chunks
  • Garlic Clove: 3 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • Olive Oil: 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Onion: 2 large onions, halved and sliced
  • Tomato: 400g can chopped tomato
  • Oregano: 2 tsp dried oregano
  • Sundried Tomato: 10 sundried tomatoes
  • Minced Beef: 1kg pack lean minced beef
  • Red Kidney Beans: 3 x 400g cans red kidney beans, drained
  • Beef Stock Cube: 2 beef stock cubes (we like Just Bouillon)


  1. Heat oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 3. Heat the oil, preferably in a large flameproof casserole, and fry the onions for 8 mins. Add the garlic, spices and oregano and cook for 1 min, then gradually add the mince, stirring well until browned. Stir in the tomatoes, add half a can of water, then crumble in the stock and season.
  2. Cover and cook in the oven for 30 mins. Stir in the peppers and sundried tomatoes, then cook for 30 mins more until the peppers are tender. Stir in the beans.
  3. To serve, reheat on the hob until bubbling. Serve with avocado or a big salad with avocado in it, some basmati rice or tortilla chips and a bowl of soured cream.
  4. If you want to use a slow cooker, fry your onions in a pan for 8 mins, then add your garlic, spices and oregano and cook for a minute. Gradually add the mince until it's brown. Tip into your slow cooker with the tomatoes, peppers, sundried tomatoes and beans, crumble in the stock cubes and season to taste. Cook on Low for 8-10 hours, then serve as above.