Chilli Con Carne

This classic, slimming-friendly version of Chilli Con Carne is the best warming meal whether you’re counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers.

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This is a great comfort food for those cold wintery days. We’ve got loads of amazing comforting recipes for you to try!

How many Calories are in this Chilli Con Carne?

There are 307 calories in each portion of our slimming friendly Chilli Con Carne. This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category. 

This recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

What diets is this Chilli Con Carne suitable for?

This recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions; 

  • Stock cubes/stock pots
  • Worcestershire Sauce

You could also enjoy this Chilli Con Carne if you’re dairy free.

Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Chilli Con Carne?

This recipe has 4 Points per portion. That leaves you with enough Points to serve with an accompaniment of your choice!

How to make this Chilli Con Carne

This family friendly, classic recipe is really simple to make. Here’s a summary;

  • Sauté the vegetables in a frying pan with some Low calorie cooking spray
  • Add the mince and brown
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients (except the kidney beans) and simmer for a while
  • Stir in the kidney beans, stock pot and hot sauce and simmer for another few minutes
  • Serve with your choice of accompaniment from the list below

What should you should serve with Chilli Con Carne?

Any of the following go really well with Chilli Con Carne. It’s one of those dishes that goes with pretty much anything. It’s so hearty it can of course be eaten on its own!

Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.

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Do you need any special ingredients to make Campfire Stew?

Most of the ingredients in this recipe are store cupboard essentials – tins of tomatoes, kidney beans and some vegetables from the fridge.

As for the hot sauce, we generally use Frank’s as it adds a bit of heat without overdoing it. It also brings a nice bit of acidity. If you don’t have any though, you can leave it out without any problems. You can use whichever hot chilli sauce you like to give this chilli a kick.

You can make this as mild or as hot as you like, just add a bit more or less chilli powder or you could always add some more fresh chillies.

Can you cook Chilli Con Carne another way?

You can cook this recipe in the slow cooker. We have a recipe for Slow Cooker Chilli too!

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How do you know when Chilli Con Carne is cooked?

You should cook this Chilli Con Carne until the meat is tender and the sauce is rich and reduced.

This should take approx 1 hour on the hob.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe. 

How long can you keep Chilli Con Carne in the fridge?

Once you’ve served it, ideally you should eat this dish within 4 hours.

If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Chilli Con Carne in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Chilli Con Carne?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Chilli Con Carne?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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307kcal 4

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INGREDIENTS
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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Spray a decent sized pan with some Low calorie cooking spray, then sauté the onions, garlic, chopped chilli, carrots and peppers over a medium to high heat
  2. When the veg starts to soften add the mince and cook until it starts to brown
  3. Stir in the chilli powder, worcestershire sauce, Italian herbs and cook for another minute or so
  4. Add the tomato puree and chopped tomatoes, stir well
  5. Pour in the stock (made up with the 2 stock cubes and 200ml of boiling water)
  6. Throw in the remaining veg and stir
  7. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat, cover and allow to simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally
  8. After 45 minutes add the drained kidney beans and stir in the stock pot and a dash of hot sauce to taste. Allow to simmer for another 10 - 15 minutes. Then serve

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RECIPE NOTES

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This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)
- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.

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6 Comments
  1. Do this every week in our house we all love it I add pasta to it mix it all together and top with cheese which is my a allowance yummy

  2. Superb recipe, agree with the other review, add cumin & coriander for the extra con carne kick, love it with all the different veg

  3. Nice recipe but a little confusing. It has a Knorr stock pot and Franks Hot sauce in the ingredients but never mentions them in the method.

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