The best Chili con carne

Mexican delight

Step into a world of tantalizing aromas and mouthwatering flavors as we introduce you to the beloved culinary treasure known as Chili con Carne. With its roots deeply embedded in the vibrant cuisine of Mexico, this iconic dish has captured the hearts and palates of food enthusiasts around the globe.

Imagine the sizzle of onions and garlic dancing in a pan, releasing their enticing fragrance, while succulent ground beef, or perhaps a delightful blend of beef and pork, slowly browns to perfection. As the aroma fills the kitchen, the air becomes infused with anticipation, for it is the promise of a comforting and soul-warming meal that awaits.

So, dear culinary adventurer, embrace the invitation to explore the captivating world of Chili con Carne. Allow yourself to be enveloped in its warmth and bold flavors, savouring each bite as you embark on a journey that celebrates the art of cooking and the joy of sharing a meal with loved ones. Get ready to immerse yourself in a culinary delight that transcends borders and unites taste buds in a chorus of delight.

Here’s a recipe for Chili con Carne:


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large onion, chopped.

3 cloves garlic, minced.

1 (450 grams) pound ground beef (or a mix of beef and pork)

2 teaspoons chilli powder

1 teaspoon cumin powder

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)

1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes.

1 can (14 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed.

1 cup beef broth (or chicken broth)

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional toppings: grated cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro, diced avocado.


Heat the olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until the onion becomes translucent and fragrant.

Add the ground beef to the pot and cook, stirring frequently, until browned and cooked through. Break up any clumps of meat with a wooden spoon as it cooks.

Once the meat is browned, add the chili powder, cumin powder, paprika, dried oregano, and cayenne pepper. Stir well to coat the meat and cook for an additional minute to release the flavors of the spices.

Pour in the diced tomatoes (with their juices) and the drained and rinsed kidney beans. Stir to combine all the ingredients.

Add the beef broth to the pot and bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot with a lid, and let it cook for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If the chili starts to get too thick, you can add more broth or water.

Continue to simmer the chili for another 30 minutes to an hour, uncovered, stirring occasionally, to allow the flavours to meld and the chili to thicken. The longer you simmer, the more the flavours will develop.

Serve the Chili con Carne hot in bowls, and garnish with your preferred toppings such as grated cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro, and diced avocado.

Enjoy your homemade Chili con Carne!

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