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Chilli Con Carne - low calorie

Low Calorie Chilli con Carne

A Very Low-Calorie Chilli Con Carne suitable for weight loss diets and for healthy eating.  Chilli Con Carne Recipe

Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chili con carne, chilli con carne, diet
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 195 kcal
Author Fiona Maclean


  • 250 grams low fat beef mince
  • 3 bell peppers I used one red, one yellow and one green
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 stick celery
  • 175 ml dry red wine
  • 175 ml beef stock or water
  • 1 200g can of tomatoes
  • 1 400g can of red kidney beans drained
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 tsp chilli powder
  • salt and black pepper


  1. Chop the onion and garlic cloves finely.  Peel and dice the carrot and celery

  2. Brown the meat in a heavy based casserole pan, stirring to break up any clumps

  3. Remove the meat from the pan, leaving any fat behind.  Brown the onion mixture for 4-5minutes then add the garlic, carrot, celery and chilli powder and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes. 

  4. Add the meat back into the pan, stir through the wine and stock and the canned tomatoes.  Cook over a low heat for about an hour, stirring occasionally, or cover and pop in the oven at 170c 

  5. Add the peppers and kidney beans and check the seasoning.  Add more chilli powder and salt and pepper to taste.  Cook for a further 30-40 minutes till the mixture is reduced down and all the vegetables are done.  Adjust seasoning to taste

  6. Serve with your choice of rice, cauliflower rice or noodles and with a dollop of sour cream or low fat creme fraiche

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Recipe Notes

This is a very low-calorie recipe.  If you are not dieting feel free to use a little oil to help brown the meat and vegetables.