Everyone's Favorite Chili Con Carne

Everyone's Favorite Chili Con Carne

Meat that's sautéed with chili powder and onion in olive oil, and marinated in spices, is simmered with tomatoes. Great to serve to guests.

Ingredients: 4 to 6 servings

Pork (chicken or beef are fine too) or ground meat
450 - 750 g
Oil - vegetable or olive
1 tablespoon
* For the marinade (not needed if you're using ground meat)
*Olive oil
1 tablespoon
*Salt - rock salt etc.
1/2 teaspoon
*White pepper
1/3 teaspoon
*Chilli powder
a small amount
*Garlic powder
a small amount
*Cumin powder
a small amount
Chili powder
2 tablespoons
Canned tomatoes
400 g
Cumin seeds
1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon
1/2 to 1 teaspoon
1 clove
Dried beans - kidney beans etc.
200 g
Soup stock granules
1 teaspoon
If the sauce is too thick - water
as needed
Sour cream or drained yogurt
to taste


1. Soak the kidney beans in water overnight. Cook them the next day in a pressure cooker (or a regular pan). Drain.
2. Marinate the pork (or chicken or beef) in the * ingredients for about an hour to let the meat soaks up the flavors.
3. Heat up the oil in a frying pan, and sauté the chili powder over low heat. When it starts to smell nice, add the finely chopped onion and sauté, being careful not to let it burn.
4. Add the finely chopped garlic, canned tomatoes, cumin, oregano and soup stock granules, and simmer uncovered over low heat for 30 minutes. Sauté the pork in a separate pan, and drain off any excess fat.
5. Taste the sauce before adding salt. Add the pork and beans, and simmer uncovered over low heat for an hour. Done.
6. Serve with tortilla chips, rice, guacamole, bean paste, lettuce, corn, tomato salsa, fresh coriander, cheese, sour cream etc.
7. Refer to Recipe ID: 643879 for the bean paste.
8. If you're using ground meat (no marinating needed): In Step 3, after sautéing the spices and onion, add the ground meat and proceed to Step 4. This version of chili is done in about 20 minutes.
9. Turn any leftover chili con carne into moussaka with eggplants and potatoes! Kechauru suggested this. I want to try it myself.
10. I made the chili with ground beef here. The plate in the photo has guacamole and tomato salsa served in a homemade tortilla chip cup on the right, and a baked potato on the left.
11. Turn leftover chili con carne into chili-bean toast! Top with cheese, and bake in the oven until it melts. Delicious.

Story Behind this Recipe

This has been one of my go-to recipes for more than 10 years. I also make it for guests.