Carol Wilson's Chilli Con Carne Recipe

A deep, rich and satisfying dish.


  • 1

    Heat the oil in a large heavy based pan.

  • 2

    Add the chopped onions and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes or so until soft.

  • 3

    Increase the heat, add the minced beef and cook, stirring, for a few minutes until evenly browned.

  • 4

    Reduce the heat and add the oregano and cinnamon.

  • 5

    Cut open the chilli and scrape out the seeds under running water, then chop finely.

  • 6

    Add to the pan with the molasses sugar, tomatoes and kidney beans.

  • 7

    Stir in the chocolate and season well with salt.

  • 8

    Cover and simmer gently for 1 hour, stirring from time to time to prevent sticking and adding a little water if necessary.

  • 9

    Serve garnished with coriander or parsley, if liked, and accompanied by boiling rice or crusty bread and a green salad.

Serves: 4 people
  • Ease of preparation: Easy
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour 25 minutes


  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 Onions - chopped
  • 450g Lean Minced Beef
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 small Green Chilli (for a mild chilli if you prefer hotter increase to 2 or 3)
  • 1 tbsp Molasses Sugar
  • 400g can Tomatoes
  • 400g can Red Kidney Beans
  • 55g Dark Chocolate - in pieces
  • Salt
  • Corriander or Flat Leaf Parsley sprigs to garnish (optional)

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What people are saying

  • Chocolate and tomato - always a winning combination!

    I have added cocoa powder to my Bolognese-type sauces for some time - it brings richness to the sauce and depth to the tomato flavour. I'll definitely try using chocolate pieces having seen this recipe!

    , Cheshire said on 07/08/2013

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