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BLW chunky chilli con carne

The general idea is to have chunks of mince and vegetables in the finished dish, rather than it all broken up...

★★★★☆ Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars. 4 Ratings
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  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Serves 4
  • Gluten Free
  • Freezable


Total time
30 Mins
Preparation time
10 Mins
Cooking time
20 Mins
  • 250g lean minced beef (could use minced pork or chicken if preferred)

  • garlic (1x clove)

  • ¼ tsp chilli powder

  • 1 onion

  • 1 red pepper

  • 1 courgette

  • 250g passata (finely sieved tomatoes as jars of pasta sauces tend to be full of salt)

  • 1 small tin red kidney beans

  • sour cream (to serve)

  • cheddar cheese (to serve), grated

  1. Take the minced beef out of the packet and cut into finger chunks

  2. Dry fry these until brown in a hot pan

  3. Finely slice the garlic, then slice onion, pepper and courgette into large, chunky slices

  4. Add these to a separate pan from the mince with a little oil and fry until softened

  5. Add in the passata, kidney beans and chilli powder and stir well

  6. Add the mince into the mixture and leave to simmer for around 10 minutes - if the sauce gets too dry add a tiny bit of water or turn the heat down

  7. Allow to cool in the pan, divide up into portions - serve with homemade potato wedges, a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of grated cheddar

You will need

Frying pan


Making them into meatballs about the size of a ping pong ball worked really well - just squash the meat together before frying


For a baby just starting to wean, put a selection of the meat and veg sticks on their tray and watch them put tomato sauce all over their faces, in their ears

For one a bit older serve as is, or add a bit of tortilla wrap or some sticky rice (risotto rice is great for BLW as it's grab-able!)

If you want to teach them to use a spoon, take some of the tomato sauce, veg and kidney beans and roughly mash together and serve alongside the meat and veg finger food

For the grown-ups you can try it over a bowl of nachos, sprinkled with cheese and put under a hot grill for 5 minutes - So good!!

If you are not baby led weaning, you could break the mince up and chop the veg into small pieces or blend/mash the finished meal


★★★★☆ Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars. 4 Ratings
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  • Sasha-rose F

    ★★★★☆ Rated 4 out of 5 stars.

    I left the courgette out as we don't like it. It's a very plain recipe but nice enough and the huge benefit is that it is quick to make for a mid week meal.

    Reviewed on 05/11/20

  • Guest

    ★★★★★ Rated 5 out of 5 stars.


    Reviewed on 03/08/15

  • Guest

    ★★★★☆ Rated 4 out of 5 stars.

    very good recipe, I always add a fresh hot chilli as I like my chilli to be hot.

    Reviewed on 29/04/15

  • Guest

    ★★★★☆ Rated 4 out of 5 stars.

    A great way to ease small children into trying different spices and flavours . This is a favourite in our household.

    Reviewed on 13/04/15

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