It’s one of those dishes, the longer and slower it cooks, the more concentrated it is in taste and texture. It is a very one pot meal and quite easy to prepare, just needs a little more time.

You can use some other minced or mixed minced meat for this con carne chili. With the amount of chili, you control how hot the dish will be and you can adjust it to your own taste. Just make sure you try the chili used before adding it so it doesn’t surprise you later.

You can also use some fresh tomatoes, but then the cooking time will be extended as they will release more water. In the end, don’t forget the piece of chocolate, which really adds a dot to the dish.

I like to serve chili con carne hot with a piece of cornbread. The following toppings are also great: tortilla chips, grated cheese, chopped young or red onions, sour cream and more.

Chili con carne iz mletega mesa

Ground beef Chili con Carne

Cook Time 3 hours
Servings 6 portions


  • 2 red onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1000 grams of ground beef
  • 1 dl of red wine
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 400 grams of whole canned tomatoes
  • 500 grams of tomato puree
  • 300 grams of canned corn
  • 840 grams of canned red beans
  • Half a teaspoon of ground cumin
  • Half a teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • Half a teaspoon of crushed coriander seeds
  • 20 grams of dark chocolate
  • Salt
  • Chili powder
  • Olive oil


  • Tortilla chips
  • Grated cheese
  • Red onion


  • Peel and chop the onion and garlic. On olive oil, cook onions until translucent and season with salt, then add the garlic and spices (ground cumin, cinnamon, oregano, coriander seeds, chili) to smell nice, then stir in the minced meat and cook. Add wine and cook until it evaporates.
  • In between, cut the peppers into larger squares. Whole tomatoes just chop finely. Add sliced peppers and tomatoes and tomato puree to the meat, add half of the beans, corn and 2 dl of water. Cook over low heat for at least 2 hours and stir in between.
  • Towards the end it needs a little more stirring, as the dish is thickening and when it is thick enough, taste it, season it more if needed, then add the remaining beans and chocolate.
    Serve hot with a piece of corn bread or add tortilla chips, sprinkle with cheese, onions and other things as desired.
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