Chilli beef with beans

Chilli beef with beans

Make enough of this spicy mince favorite to serve half now with rice and freeze the rest.


Ingredients (serves 8):

  • 80ml (1/3 cup) vegetable oil
  • 1.4kg lean beef mince
  • 4 brown onions, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 red capsicums (bell pepper), halved, deseeded, cut into 1cm pieces
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 90g (1/3 cup) tomato paste
  • 2 x 420g cans red kidney beans, rinsed, drained
  • 2 x 400g cans diced tomatoes 



  1. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a heavy-based stockpot or large flame-proof casserole dish over medium-high heat. Add one-third of the mince and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up any lumps, for 5 minutes or until the mince changes color.
  2. Transfer to a large bowl. Repeat, in 2 more batches, with oil and the remaining mince.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in the stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic and capsicum and cook, stirring, for 4 minutes or until onion is soft.
  4. Add the chili, oregano, cumin and coriander and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until aromatic.
  5. Stir in the mince, tomato paste, kidney beans and tomato. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until the liquid evaporates.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.



Serving tip: For a complete meal, serve this with steamed rice. Top with fresh coriander leaves and sour cream, if desired.

Freezing tip: Cool half the mixture at the end of step 3. Store in an airtight container. Label, date and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight. 

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