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Over the years, I cultivated my favorite chili con carne recipe, and it remains my favorite. I shall share it with SBcanning.
My secret is the use of very lean beef, minced, 2 tbsp brown sugar, basil and oregano, and I prefer to use crushed tomatoes (one large can) and 2 tbsp. of tomato paste rather than 2 cans of tomato paste which I see in so many recipes. Also, I like to let my chili simmer until it thickens on its own. So enjoy this recipe.

Chili con carne

Chili con carne

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Chili con carne
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 350 kcal


  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb extra-lean beef, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium-siz Spanish onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup canned mushrooms without juice (or fresh sliced)
  • 2 tbsp chili pepper
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2-14 oz cans red kidney beans (rinsed)


  • Heat olive oil in large heavy-based pan.
  • Add the garlic, onions, and green pepper; cook over medium heat until golden browned.
  • Add very lean minced beef, cooking on medium-high heat, well browned. Add chili powder, cayenne and oregano and basil. Stir well and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Mix crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, 1/2 cup water and let simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add, beans, sugar, and flavor with seas salt and pepper to taste. I let the chili simmer on lowest setting for a couple of hours and the flavour is out of this world.
  • Now, just before serving, I like to grate some light cheddar cheese on top and let it melt a bit into the chili.
  • This Healthy Chili Con Carne Recipe is now ready to serve.
  • Chili tastes excellent with Caesar Salad and Buttermilk Biscuits, or Baking Powder Biscuits; both recipes on this site!
  • Healthy Recipe serves 6 people heartily. Yummy!
Keyword Chili Con Carne