"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > Recipes & Ingredients > International Cuisines and Ethnic Cookery
Click Here to Login
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-18-2008, 04:17 AM   #1
Senior Cook
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 352
ISO the perfect chilli con carne recipe

Hi could you give me some suggestions on the perfect chilli con carne recipe.


nicklord1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2008, 05:19 AM   #2
Executive Chef
miniman's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Basingstoke, England
Posts: 4,687
Well Nick - that is a whole can of worms. Perfection is indeed in the eye of the beholder. There is a whole big debate as to wether or not to include beans. The amount of spice is very much up to your taste. This is my recipe that I teach to the kids at school


1 tablespoon Sunflower oil (do not bring)
1 medium size onion
1 teaspoon chilli powder (do not bring)
500g lean minced beef
14 oz can of chopped tomatoes
5 tablespoons tomato puree
15 oz can of red kidney beans
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (do not bring)
1 teaspoon Wine vinegar (do not bring)
1 teaspoon sugar (do not bring)
salt and pepper (do not bring)


1 Chop the onions. Heal the oil in a pan.
2 Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes to soften.
3 Add the chilli powder and cook stirring, for 2 minutes
4 Add the mince and brown.
5 Stir in the tomatoes and tomato puree and then add all the remaining ingredients.
6 Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 1 hour.

That could provide a base for you to work on. A number of the others use cubed meat instead of mince. The overall flavour can also be improved by adding a few squares of good dark chocolate.
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." - Nelson Mandela
miniman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2008, 09:03 AM   #3
Certified Pretend Chef
Andy M.'s Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 47,724
Nick, check out some earlier threads in the Chili sub-forum under the Soups, Stews and Casseroles forum. Chili is as varied as the number of people cooking it.
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2008, 09:06 AM   #4
Head Chef
mcnerd's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,326
Chili Con Carne Recipe | Simply Recipes
Support bacteria. It's the only culture some people have.
mcnerd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2008, 10:00 AM   #5
Assistant Cook
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 3
I think that this has to be the best recipe for chili ever!

(it seems I can't post links yet so just search google for "nigella chili con carne" - it is the top listing)

I have made it with and without the topping and both work really well. I think the spices and the cocoa is what makes this great... I really do not like chilli that only contains chilli as the only spice (sorry Miniman!!) as I find it lacks any fragrance. I have also tried versions that include Worcestershire sauce and it pains me to say (as I was brought up around the corner from the original Worcestershire sauce factory in Worcester!!) that I really don't think it adds anything useful.

Nigella also does a no-meat version of this based on lentils and that is really nice too (I know that is hard to believe!).

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

AlanUK is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:14 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.