Slow cooker chili con carne

Slow cooker chili con carne

Slow cooker chili con carne is a hearty, comforting dinner perfect for chilly weeknights. Chili is a classic dish, and a family favorite. This chili con carne is made with minced beef, and has a hint of spice but is still kid friendly. Slow cook chili to bring out as much flavor as possible.

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Chili con carne in gary bowls on a marble table.

How to make chili con carne

Start by preparing the ingredients. Finely dice the onions and pepper. Remove the seeds from the chili, and mince the chili and garlic.

Heat some one calorie cooking spray in a pan on medium heat. Add the minced beef, and cook until all the meat has browned. Pour the meat into the slow cooker, leaving a little of the juices in the pan. Add finely diced onion to the pan with the beef juice, and sauté until soft and translucent. This usually takes 4-5 minutes. Then, add finely minced garlic and chili. Sauté for another minute, then move the mixture to the slow cooker.

Add the diced peppers, chopped tomatoes, passata, a drained and rinsed tin of pinto beans, tomato puree and all the seasoning (cumin, coriander, paprika, smoked paprika, chili powder and cocoa powder) to the slow cooker. Leave it to cook for 2-4 hours on the high heat setting, or 4-6 hours on low heat. Add the dark chocolate and stir to blend it in before serving.

Infographic showing how to make chili con carne.How to make this recipe without using a slow cooker

You can definitely make this recipe on the hob in a large pot instead of using a slow cooker. Start off with browning the meat and onions in the pot, then add the garlic and chili. Saute until it’s all soft, then add the seasoning and stir to combine. Add the remaining ingredients except the chocolate squares. Cover the pot with a lid, and leave it to simmer for 45 minutes – 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If the chili seems to dry out, add a little tomato passata, beef stock or water. Add the chocolate at the end, and serve.

Using a slow cooker is preferred because cooking the chili longer brings the flavors out more. If you have one available, I highly recommend using it for this recipe.

Slow cooker chili con carne in gary bowls on a marble table.

What goes with chili con carne

Chili con carne is often served as is, or over white or brown rice. It’s also often common to serve with tortilla chips, guacamole, salsa, soured cream and cheese. Chili con carne can also be used to top jacket potatoes, added to sloppy joes, served in wraps with lettuce and tomatoes or served over pasta.

Can you freeze chili con carne with beans?

This recipe is absolutely suitable for freezing. Freeze leftovers for up to 3 months, then thaw and reheat in the microwave or on the hob until piping hot. You can also store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Chili con carne makes for a great freezer meal, and you can easily double or triple this recipe to prepare future dinners.

Chili con carne in a slow cooker.

The best garnishes for chili con carne

Chili con carne looks brown and a bit sad on its own. I love adding colorful garnishes to make it look a bit more interesting. Freshly sliced chili, lemon or lime wedges (which you can squeeze over the chili con carne for added flavor!), fresh coriander, sliced avocado, cherry tomatoes, a spoonful of guacamole or soured cream, and a bit of cheese are my go-to options. Tortilla chips are also great!

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Slow cooker chili con carne

Slow cooker chili con carne is a hearty, comforting dinner perfect for chilly weeknights. Chili is a classic dish, and a family favorite. This chili con carne is made with minced beef, and has a hint of spice but is still kid friendly. Slow cook chili to bring out as much flavor as possible.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: International
Keyword: beans, beef, chili, meat, minced beef
Servings: 4
Calories: 343kcal
Cost: Cheap

Ingredients

  • 500 g lean minced beef
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1-2 onions 1 large or 2 smaller
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 400 g chopped tomatoes tinned
  • 250 g tomato passata
  • 400 g tinned pinto beans, drained or 235 g cooked beans
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 red chili
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 2 squares dark chocolate
  • salt, pepper

Instructions

  • Start by preparing the ingredients. Finely dice the onions and pepper. Remove the seeds from the chili, and mince the chili and garlic.
  • Heat some one calorie cooking spray in a pan on medium heat. Add the minced beef, and cook until all the meat has browned. Pour the meat into the slow cooker, leaving a little of the juices in the pan.
  • Add finely diced onion to the pan with the beef juice, and sauté until soft and translucent. This usually takes 4-5 minutes. Then, add finely minced garlic and chili. Sauté for another minute, then move the mixture to the slow cooker.
  • Add the diced peppers, chopped tomatoes, passata, a drained and rinsed tin of pinto beans, tomato puree and all the seasoning (cumin, coriander, paprika, smoked paprika, chili powder and cocoa powder) to the slow cooker. Leave it to cook for 2-4 hours on the high heat setting, or 4-6 hours on low heat.
  • Add the dark chocolate and stir to blend it in before serving. Add salt and pepper to taste, and a little chili powder if you want to add more spice.

Notes

The recipe makes 4 large servings if served alone. If you serve it with a filling side dish, like pasta or rice, this is enough for 6 servings.
This recipe is suitable for freezing. Freeze leftovers for up to 3 months, then thaw and reheat in the microwave or on the hob until piping hot. You can also store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Chili con carne makes for a great freezer meal, and you can easily double or triple this recipe to prepare future dinners.

How to make this recipe without using a slow cooker

You can definitely make this recipe on the hob in a large pot instead of using a slow cooker. Start off with browning the meat and onions in the pot, then add the garlic and chili. Saute until it’s all soft, then add the seasoning and stir to combine. Add the remaining ingredients except the chocolate squares. Cover the pot with a lid, and leave it to simmer for 45 minutes – 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If the chili seems to dry out, add a little tomato passata, beef stock or water. Add the chocolate at the end, and serve.
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