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22 April 2012

Slow cooker - Chilli Con Carne

The slow cooker is a favourite of mine, bunging in a combination of ingredients first thing in the morning and serving up a scrummy meal come 5pm is almost magical. Dinner times have never been so easy!

This chilli recipe is great for all the family as it's not too spicy but is packed with flavour. It will make enough to feed 8 hungry tums so you can always save leftovers in the freezer or store it in the fridge to use in lasagne, enchiladas or anything else you fancy later on in the week.

2 onions, chopped
1.5kg of lean minced beef (you could use a Quorn if vegetarian)
600g (1.5 tins) of tinned tomatoes
400g (1 tin) of kidney Beans
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 tbsp of tomato puree
2 tsp of chilli powder
2 tsp of mixed herbs
1 beef stock cube, dissolved


1) I always fry the mince and onions together first in a pan and drain of excess fat but you can skip this step if you don't have time or prefer not to.

2) Add all of the ingredients into the slow cooker and stir well.
3)Cover and cook on high for around 3 hours or on auto for 8 hours.

This meal goes really well served with soft, fluffy rice but we tend to have it on jacket potatoes with salad and a blob of creme fraiche - delicious!

This post is part of the #FaveFamilyRecipes Competition with BritMums and Tilda Rice. Every pack sold will provide a meal to an expectant mum in need in support of the World Food Programme’s Mothers Helping Mothers initiative in Bangladesh



  1. Ditto, hoping #scsunday will help me find some yummy recipes x

  2. Thanks for joining in! Can't wait to try it out. I'm finding so many new fab recipes! Slow cookers rock!

    1. I have too, made chicken and chorizo stew today x

  3. you can't beat a good chilli....I quite often forget to put the slow cooker on until it's too late though...I will try & remember tomorrow!

  4. Maya Russell24/05/2012, 10:15

    Great recipe. I like the way chilli con carne goes with rice, potatoes, nachos...

  5. I've just invested in a slow cooker so would love to try this. You can't go wrong with a good chilli, can you? Hubby is usually home late so he'll really appreciate having something more exciting than toast to look forward to.

  6. This sounds delicious...must try it!


  7. fab recipe i would be lost without my slow cooker

  8. Always looking for good slow cook recipes.

  9. i have tried this recipe it is fab

  10. My family love chilli con carne, never even gave it a thought that I would be able to do this in the slow cooker. I'll be giving this a try, will be able to get on and do things that I like then instead of being tied to a cooker lol :)

  11. This looks lovely - Thanks for the great recipe!

  12. Never thought about doing this in a slow cooker - must try it!

  13. I've been looking for some recipes for my slow cooker I only ever make beef stew, my kids love chili so I will give it a go thanks x

  14. Think I will give this recipe with Quorn a go, sounds fab.

  15. A nice Chilli is just what's called for in this weather.

  16. Definitely going to create this yummy dish tonight! off to the supermarket right now lol


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