Recipe: Chilli Con Carne

A quick, easy and inexpensive family classic that can be modified with special touches to make it your own.

Serves 4


  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 2 onions, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp each ground cumin and paprika
  • 425g can Wattie’s Chilli Beans
  • ¼ cup Wattie’s Tomato Sauce or Paste
  • 1 cup beef stock or water


Heat a dash of oil in a lidded frying pan and brown the beef mince, breaking it up with a fork as you go. This may be best done in 2 batches. Set aside.

Add the onion to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes until just beginning to soften. Add the garlic, cumin and paprika and cook for a further minute.

Return mince to the pan with the chilli beans, tomato sauce or paste and beef stock or water. Cover and simmer 15 minutes until the beef is tender. Season with salt and pepper.

Variation: Try this wrapped up in a tortilla for a meal on the go. Alternatively, serve over a baked potato.

With thanks to NZ Beef and Lamb for the recipe.