Written by Jeanette Smith 29th May 2020

Is it chilli or chilli con carne? Can anyone tell me what the difference is? Or maybe there isn’t one?

Anyway, another firm family favourite that feeds the 5000 for next to nothing.

We get 2 meals out of this..the first day we always have it with boiled rice, and with what’s left, we make chilli dogs, or chilli chips/fries.

We use baked beans in tomato sauce rather than kidney beans or butter beans. Basically because no one in the house likes any other bean variation. But also because I think the baked beans with sauce give the dish a richer, smoother flavour.

Again, I make 1lb mince beef go around everyone, and like I said, there’ll be a little left over. Not enough for everyone to have the same dinner, but enough to make an alternative meal, like chilli fries or dogs!


  • 1lb mince beef
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • Handful of chopped mushrooms
  • Chillies (amount depends on how hot you want it) I used 2.
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 x 500g passata
  • 2 beef oxo
  • 1 can baked beans
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon chilli powder (you can add more or less depending how spicy you like it)
I had only a large passata, so used half (500g)

Let’s cook!

In a large pan, cook the mince with a little salt and pepper. There’s no need for oil with mince beef because there’s usually enough fat in it already.

Fry it off until it’s browned all over.

Add in the vegetables and cook for another 5 minutes.

Crumble in the stock cubes, then add the flour and chilli powder. Stir fry for 1 minute before stirring in the tomatoes and passata.

Cook for 5 minutes before adding the beans. Rinse out your empty cans and passata box with a little water and add to the pan.

Simmer for a few minutes to heat through.

Try it…..

  • With boiled rice
  • On a jacket potato
  • On chips/fries
  • On hot dogs
  • With cheesy mashed potatoes

This dinner served 6 with enough left over to make another 3 plates, or to be used as a topping as we do for hotdogs or chips.

Cost less than €5 to make.

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