Chilli Con Carne is a classic, family favourite recipe, and this Slimming World version is FREE when Food Optimising! The chili is made with lean beef mince and filled with warming spices, bell peppers, mushrooms, and black beans – delicious!
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Chilli Con Carne
If you are one of the many people following the Slimming World (SW) plan and get stuck on what to cook for dinner, don’t worry, I’ve got your back!
This chilli recipe has been adapted from an official SW magazine*
Chilli is definitely one of my family’s favourite recipes. My mum used to make it all the time when we were kids, and so it’s a dish that I have always cooked.
Chili con carne or chilli con carne, meaning ‘chili with meat’, also known as simply chili or chilli, is a spicy stew containing chili peppers, meat, and often tomatoes and beans. Other seasonings may include garlic, onions, and cumin. The original dish originated in southern Texas with working-class Mexican women.Wikipedia
Whether you call it chilli con carne or beef chilli, or even just chilli (or any spelling variation thereof!) it’s such a tasty and comforting dish that you can serve with rice or over a baked potato, or if you want to keep it low-carb, take out the beans and it leave out the sides.
This Slimming World version uses lean beef mince (ground beef) and is also filled with mushrooms, red bell peppers, and black beans.
It is a filling and satisfying dish and has a nice kick of spices too – red chilli flakes, ground cumin, and oregano go into the pot with all the ingredients, and it is ready in about an hour.
This beef chilli is great for prepping in advance. It’s the sort of recipe I would prep on the weekend when I have more time, and store in the fridge (for up to 3 days), then reheat and cook some fresh rice to go with.
This recipe for Chilli Con Carne serves 6 and is Free when Food Optimising.
*Why I Adapt Recipes
It’s simple really – I usually adapt recipes to suit my family’s personal tastes.
This might be leaving out an ingredient we don’t like (e.g., celery), adding more or fewer ingredients (e.g., chilies or spices), or tweaks to the way the original recipe is prepared.
As a family, we are all trying to eat healthier and lose some weight, so you can rest assured that any changes I make are going to be Slimming World friendly.
So for example, I wouldn’t replace 5% beef mince (Free) with 20% beef mince (not Free) or add olive oil to a recipe without including the Syn count.
All of the SW friendly recipes I share on The Purple Pumpkin Blog have been made by me and tried and tested by my family.
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About Slimming World
Slimming World’s Food Optimising plan is a healthy, flexible approach, based on everyday foods, to help people lose weight without ever going hungry. It’s a practical, family-friendly plan that fits easily into everyday life and doesn’t require complex weighing and measuring or obsessive calorie counting. – Slimming World
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Chilli Con Carne Recipe Tips
- This chilli is made with lean beef mince which should be 5% fat or less to be FREE on Slimming World.
- A mixture of a low-calorie cooking spray, e.g., FryLight and water is your friend when frying the low-fat way. Have a boiled kettle handy to splash in as needed.
- The mince is cooked off first – drain off any liquid and set aside to add back to the pan later in the recipe.
- The recipe uses chestnut mushrooms and red bell peppers, but you could use any kind of mushroom or colour pepper that you like.
- If you prefer more or less spice in your chilli, adjust the amount of chili flakes according to your personal preference.
- Similarly, if you’re not a fan of black beans, you could use kidney beans instead – or leave them out altogether if you prefer.
- There are 6 servings in this recipe, however, you could serve 4 (or less) and save the remaining chili for the next day. If you do this, adjust the amount of rice you cook too.
- If you are saving the chilli, then transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Reheat the chilli in a pan until piping hot.
- 500g lean beef mince, 5% fat or less
- Low-calorie cooking spray
- 2 onions, diced
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1½ tsp dried red chilli flakes
- 1 Tbsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 2 red bell peppers, deseeded and diced
- 250g chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped
- 3 Tbsp tomato purée
- 1 beef stock cube
- Salt and pepper
- 1 (400g) can chopped tomatoes
- 500ml water
- 1 (400g) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 375g dried long-grain rice
- Spray some cooking spray into a large saucepan, and brown the mince over medium-high heat. Drain off any liquid and transfer to a bowl. Cover and set aside.
- Return the pan to the heat and spray with more cooking spray. Add the garlic, chilli flakes, cumin, oregano, and a splash of water and fry for 3 minutes
- Add the peppers and mushrooms to the pan and continue to cook (add more cooking spray and/or water as necessary) and cook for 10 minutes until softened.
- Add the mince back to the pan. Add the tomato purée and crumble in the stock cube. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Fry for 2 minutes.
- Add the chopped tomatoes, water, and black beans and bring to the boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook the rice according to the package instructions.
- To serve, divide the rice between warmed plates or bowls and top with the chilli con carne.
This recipe for Chilli Con Carne serves 4 and is FREE when Food Optimising on Slimming World.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 365Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 497mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 8gSugar: 6gProtein: 34g