child friendly chilli con carne
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Chilli con carne for kids

This delicious chilli recipe will become a firm favourite with your family. It’s full of flavour without being too spicy and has lots of vegetables in it, including some hidden ones.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: dinner, meat
Servings: 6
Calories: 302kcal
Author: cookingwithmykids


  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 2 sticks of celery grated
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 500 g beef mince
  • 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 300 ml beef stock
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 240 g tin of kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 pepper
  • 100 g sweetcorn frozen or tinned


Prepare the vegetables

  • Peel and chop the onion, crush the garlic, and grate the carrot and celery. Dice the pepper into small pieces and set aside for later.
  • Heat oil in a pan and cook the onion for a few minutes until it has softened. Add the garlic, carrot and celery and cook for a few more minutes.

Add the spices

  • Measure the spices out and add to the pan.

Add the meat

  • Add the beef mince and fry for 5 minutes, stirring until it has all browned.

Add the tomatoes, stock, puree and sugar

  • Pour the tomatoes, and stock into your pan and add the puree and a tsp of sugar. Give everything a good stir or if your child is a bit older and your trust them let them do it. Turn the heat down a little and simmer for around 15 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients

  • Drain the kidney beans and rinse them in cold water then add them to your pan. Add the peppers and sweetcorn. Cook for around 5 minutes until the beans and veg has softened.
  • Serve with rice and tortilla chips.