Chilli Con Carne

  • 10MINS
  • 1HR
  • Serves 4
  • 377KCAL

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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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories377
  • Carbs37g
  • Protein33g
  • Fat6.5g
  • Saturates2.7g
  • Sugars24g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

There’s no doubt that a Chilli Con Carne is a classic, warming dish that is perfect for a weeknight dinner or when you fancy a one-pan dinner that’s simple and easy!

We love the comforting Mexican flavours, and the beauty of this dish is that it’s a total crowd pleaser. You can vary the spice as much as you like, and if you’re feeling brave enough you can up the hot sauce and chilli powder for more of a kick! There’s also a reason why it’s left to simmer for 45 minutes: it may seem like a long time, but the longer you cook a Chilli Con Carne, the deeper the flavours mix together. It’s well worth the wait, we promise!

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 or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Chilli Con Carne?

  • You need to count 6 Points per portion of this Chilli Con Carne recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 4 Points per portion of this Chilli Con Carne recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 4 Points per portion of this Chilli Con Carne recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Chilli Con Carne?

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.

How many calories are in this Chilli Con Carne?

There are 377 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.

Step 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.

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Step 2

When the veg starts to soften add the mince and cook until it starts to brown.

Step 3

Stir in the chilli powder, Worcestershire sauce, Italian herbs and cook for another minute or so.

Step 4

Add the tomato puree and chopped tomatoes, stir well.

Step 5

Pour in the stock (made up with the 2 stock cubes and 200ml of boiling water).

Step 6

Throw in the remaining veg and stir.

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Step 7

Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat, cover and allow to simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 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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Chilli Con Carne - Pinch of Nom Slimming RecipesWhat 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!

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

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!

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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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.
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    1 HR
  • WW
    4 Smart
    Points
  • KCals 377
  • Carbs 37G
  • WW Points:
  • 6 Green
  • 4 Blue
  • 4 Purple

Ingredients

  • 400 g 5% fat minced beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 peppers deseeded and diced
  • 1 - 2 tsp chilli powder you can add more or less depending on how hot you like it
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 fresh chillies deseeded and diced
  • 6 mushrooms sliced
  • 1 courgette diced
  • 3 carrots diced
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 beef stock cubes made up with 200ml boiling water
  • 2 tsp Italian mixed herbs
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tin kidney beans
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 dash Franks Hot Sauce
  • 1 beef stock pot
  • low calorie cooking spray

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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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TonyMonday 26th July 2021

Lovely recipe nice and rich and generous 4 servings (mind you we did add rice). I added coriander on top a good addition too 🙂

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    HollyTuesday 27th July 2021

    Hey Tony, thanks so much for your message we are so glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe!

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SHARON WARRENThursday 15th July 2021

Hi

Don’t know what i did wrong but it was really salty. I am not a lover of salt.
Any ideas.

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    HollyMonday 26th July 2021

    Hey Sharon, you may find it’s best to use a low sodium stock cube and stock pot if you found this recipe to be to salty for your taste. Hope that helps!

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LaurenWednesday 7th April 2021

Can you tell me how many grams per serving is 307kcal please

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    HollyThursday 8th April 2021

    Hi Lauren, We work out our recipes on the serving size not by weight. To work out your own weight of a serving you would need to make the finished dish and divide servings, as the weight will vary due to variation of ingredients and water content it’s not something we can do as an exact measure. If you scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of the page on the website there is a little arrow by servings and you can alter up or down to serve more or less people. Hope that helps!

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Nichola DempsterSaturday 13th March 2021

This was amazing not only me and the hubby enjoyed it the kids loved it too yummy

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    HollyMonday 15th March 2021

    Hi Nichola, so glad to hear you and your family enjoyed this recipe!

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Sweet Baby CheesesTuesday 9th March 2021

Hi. Could you check the macros please as they seem a bit off. Thanks

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    HollyFriday 12th March 2021

    Hey, I have double checked this recipe and made a few adjustments to the nutritional information on the page, thanks very much for your message.

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Stacey fosterMonday 22nd February 2021

Is the protein definitely correct? 100g mince alone is more than 9g protein can you please confirm thank you

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    HollyFriday 12th March 2021

    Hi Stacey, I have double checked this recipe and made a few adjustments to the nutritional information on the page, thanks very much for your message.

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Joanne WebsterSaturday 6th February 2021

Hello
Which book can this be found in please?

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    HollyMonday 8th February 2021

    Hi Joanne, the Chilli Con Carne recipe is exclusive to our website so doesn’t appear in any books. Hope that helps!

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AshleyThursday 22nd October 2020

it says 2 tins of chopped tomatoes, so you put 800g of chopped tomatoes? other recipes are 400g, so just want to be sure. thanks

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    HollyThursday 22nd October 2020

    Hi Ashley, yep that is right 2 cans of chopped tomatoes or 800g. Hope that helps!

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MichelleWednesday 1st July 2020

Do you add the stockpot straight into the chill or into water then add

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    HollyWednesday 1st July 2020

    Hi Michelle, the stockpot goes in as it is in step 8 with the kidney beans and hot sauce no need for any extra water. Hope that helps!

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GemmaThursday 9th April 2020

Beautiful recipe and really rich but I added cumin, coriander and a touch of paprika and left out the hot sauce as my children don’t like it too spicy. We added chili’s afterwards for anyone who wanted some extra spice.

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    Sharon FitzpatrickFriday 8th May 2020

    Hi Gemma, really pleased you enjoyed this recipe and were able to adjust it to suit your family.Thanks for taking the time to let us know.

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Barbara KingTuesday 11th February 2020

Hi, not sure if the WW points include the rice?

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    Holly LevellThursday 21st May 2020

    Hi Barbara, the calories and WW points don’t include the accompaniments but any of the following go really well with Chilli Con Carne Creamy. You could try Mashed Potatoes, Rustic Potato Wedges or Savoury Rice. Hope that helps!

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AmyWednesday 29th January 2020

How much is a serving?

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    Holly LevellMonday 18th May 2020

    Hello Amy, this recipe makes 4 equal portions at 307 kcal. Hope that helps!

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AimeeSaturday 25th January 2020

The ingredients list 2 stock cubes and 1 stock pot but I can see the stock pot in the recipe?!

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    Sharon FitzpatrickFriday 8th May 2020

    Hi Aimee, thanks for your question. The stockpot is added in step 8 with the kidney beans and the hot sauce, hope this helps.

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SophieTuesday 28th May 2019

Hello can I make this recipe without the hot sauce and Knorr stock cube

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    CateFriday 31st May 2019

    Yes you could leave out the hot sauce. It doesn’t have to be a Knorr stock cube, any brand will do 🙂

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ClaireTuesday 22nd January 2019

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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Lee HollinsMonday 14th January 2019

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

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Daniel GibbsFriday 4th May 2018

If you want the smell of chilli con carne add a little cumin and ground coriander

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Tracey ballSunday 14th January 2018

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

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