Hairy Bikers Chilli Con Carne

Hairy Bikers Beef Chilli Con Carne Recipe

This luxurious yet budget friendly Hairy Bikers beef chilli is recipe will forever change the way you make chilli con carne! The recipe uses both minced beef and braising steak to add texture and is finished off with dark chocolate. What’s great about this recipe is that, once you’ve browned off your beef, you can throw all the ingredients in and leave it to stew away for hours until you’re ready!

Preparation time: 10-15 mins

Cooking time: 2+ hours

Serves: 8 – 10


  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 500g/1lb 2oz good-quality braising steak, diced
  • 500g/1lb 2oz good-quality beef mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 dried chipotle chilli (you could use chipotle chilli paste as an alternative)
  • 1 tbsp dried chilli flakes
  • ½ tbsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 500ml/17fl oz beef stock
  • 400g tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 400g tin black-eyed beans, drained and rinsed
  • 85g/3oz plain chocolate, minimum 70% cocoa solids, roughly chopped
  • Sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
To serve
  • Freshly steamed rice
  • 8 tbsp soured cream
  • 4 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced
  • Bunch fresh coriander


  1. Heat two tablespoons of the oil over a medium–high heat in a large, heavy-based pan with a tight-fitting lid. Fry the diced beef steak in batches until browned all over, setting each batch aside on a plate using a slotted spoon.
  1. Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan and add the beef mince, frying until browned all over. Remove the mince from the pan using a slotted spoon and set aside with the beef steak.
  1. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pan and fry the white onion, red onion and celery for 3-4 minutes, or until the onions have softened but not browned.
  1. Stir in the chipotle chilli, chilli flakes, chilli powder and oregano until well combined. Cook for a further two minutes.
  1. Return the diced and minced beef to the pan, then stir in the sugar, chopped tomatoes, beef stock, kidney beans and black-eyed peas. Bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering. Cover and continue to simmer over a low heat for 2–3 hours. (Alternatively, preheat the oven to 140C/120C Fan/Gas 1 to cook in an ovenproof dish for the same amount of time.)
  1. Just before serving, season the chilli with sea salt flakes and pepper. Stir in the chocolate until melted, then stir in the chopped coriander. Serve the chilli with a bowl of steamed rice and top each serving with a dollop of soured cream. Garnish with the sliced spring onions.

This recipe is from Hairy Bikers Every Day Gourmet: Episode 2.

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