A tasty and mild Chilli Con Carne recipe for kids that’s packed full of vegetables too!
Meal times have been a bit of a struggle in my house lately.
My little boy is going through a particularly tricky picky eating phase and the list of things he will eat is getting smaller by the day!
Thankfully this really easy Chilli Con Carne recipe is still on his acceptable list of foods so I’ve been making it at least once a week!
This recipe is really simple to make.
The list of ingredients might look a bit long but don’t let that put you off! You probably have most of the spices at home in your cupboard anyway!
I’ve kept this dish really mild so it’s perfect for kids but if you prefer your chilli with a bit more of a kick then double the quantities.
I’ve managed to squeeze FOUR different veggies into this recipe!
The carrots and courgette are grated. This means they cook down with the meat and your fussy eaters won’t even know that they are there.
The peppers and corn are left in small pieces but they add a lovely pop of colour to the dish.
The grated veggies not only help boost the nutritional value of this chilli, but they also help to bulk out the whole dish, making it go a little further and make the meal more budget-friendly.
Check out my Leftover Chilli Taco Bowls which are a really fun way to serve leftover chilli the next day!
I serve my chilli with boiled rice, sour cream and a few tortilla chips on the side. The kids absolutely love this as they see having “crisps” for dinner as such a treat!
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Chilli Con Carne for Kids
- Prep Time: 4 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 mins
- Total Time: 29 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Cuisine: Mexican
A tasty and mild Chilli Con Carne recipe for kids that’s packed full lots of vegetables too!
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 small white onion, finely died
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 medium carrot, grated
- 1 small courgette, grated
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp mild chilli powder
- 500g / 18oz beef mince
- 400g / 14oz (1 tin) chopped tomatoes
- 300ml beef stock / 1 & ¼ cups (use a gluten free stock cube if necessary)
- 240g / 8oz (1 tin) cooked kidney beans, drained
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 100g / ½ cup corn (can be tinned or frozen)
- 1 fresh lime
To serve: boiled rice, sour cream and tortilla chips
- Heat the oil in a large dish on the hob. Add the onion and fry over a medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes until it starts to soften. Add the garlic, grated carrot and grated courgette and fry for another 2 minutes.
- Add the spices – smoked paprika, ground coriander, ground cumin and chilli powder and mix well.
- Add in the beef mince and fry for another 4 minutes or until the meat has browned.
- Pour in the tinned tomatoes and beef stock and leave to simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add in the kidney beans, red pepper and corn and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and add in some fresh lime juice to taste.
- Serve immediately with rice, sour cream and tortilla chips.
This is a great family meal to make in bulk. It can be kept in the fridge in an airtight container for 48 hours or frozen and kept in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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Onion, garlic, sweetcorn, pepper, tomatoes, courgette, carrots…. I count a whopping 7 veggies, not 4! Well done!
Also, we’re loving the “crisps” for dinner too!
My 9 month is currently wolfing this down, i just used a low salt stock cube and squished the beans a bit to adjust for his age and he is just loving it. Sadly my very fussy 2 year old didn’t touch his but he currently doesn’t do sauces, or meat, or veg 😂 he did however tolerate it on his plate and ate some cheese off it so that’s a start! It smells divine so I will make this with veggie mince next time so I can try some too 😊
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I’ve been using this recipe for the past year. I am not a fan of a lot of vegetables as an adult and hate courgette so it’s also a good way for me to up my five a day, nevermind my 2 year old.
Bianca Carey Spencer says
Sarah, so glad you are enjoying the recipe! x
First time making a chilli. Super simple, absolutely delicious. I feel amazing right now after making that.
Gillian Connolly says
My kids are a nightmare but love this!
Really good and my son (6) liked it!
I love this recipe! Myself , husband s as and two boys (5 &7) LOVE this!!! One of our family favourites! I cook it once a week.
Sarah Joiner says
Struggling to find dishes that both of my kids like. This was a hit. Thanks so much!
Delicious! We had this last night and my 14 month old loved it so much she wasn’t waiting for the spoon, she was picking it up with her fingers! Thank you! X
Could you do this in a slow cooker? Thank you! X
My husband and I had this with tacos last night. Very tasty and we were quite happy with it. Unfortunately Miss Fussy Two and a Half refused to try it. We are having it again tomorrow night so here is hoping she will try it. For tacos or burritos (two tacos each and a tablespoon for Miss Fussy Two and a Half) the mixture will last us four nights which is extremely awesome.
Love how many veggies are in this. It’s much better than my normal recipe for chilli that I’ve been making for years so will use this one every time now!
I make this recipe every week! My partner and three kids all love it!
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