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No-chilli Con Carne – for the fussy eater!

Chilli Con Care is a staple in our house, we have it at least once a week.

It’s a really ‘easy to whip up meal’ when you’ve done spag-bol or pasta and sauce to death.
You can use it in so many ways like using any type of minced meat you like or turn it veggie Which means you’ll pretty much always have the ingredients in the house for a basic Chilli recipe.

Now, I keep saying Chilli because that’s just how we recognise the dish. Mine doesn’t contain any chilli because Fussy Mcfus-pot doesn’t like it.

I can sometimes get away with sneaking a little bit in or some cayenne pepper but if she gets the slightest degree of heat she will disregard the entire meal and end up making herself toast instead, Which is ok every now and again but not ideal when, as a parent, you’re relentlessly dedicated to packing their little bodies with as many nutrients as possible.

So here is our Chilli Con Carne with no chilli recipe –

My particular favourite way is to make it with minced lamb, but you can easily substitute this for lean minced beef, Turkey mince, Lentils, Quorn or loads of chopped up veg.


Mince Lamb
1 Grated carrot
1 Tin of tomatoes
1 Tin of mixed bean salad
1 Red pepper
1 Onion
1tsp Fresh coriander (frozen or dried is fine too)
2tsp Paprika
2 tsp Cumin
Obvs – If you want to add chilli you actually can!


  • 1) Start by Dicing the onion .. If your little eater is super fussy you could grate it.
  • 2) Throw it into the pan with a drizzle of olive oil.
  • 3) Add the mince and cook unitl browned then drain the excess fat away.
  • 4) Add the Grated Carrot and Diced red pepper and cook until softened.
  • 5) Make a hole in the middle of you mince mix so you can see the bottom of the pan. Add the Paprika and Cumin to the whole, also coriander if you are using dried.
  • 6) Cook move them about for about a minute then mix through cook for an extra 2 moinutes tunring over in the pan a few times
  • 7) Then add you mixed bean salad and tinned tomatoes. and fresh or frozen coriander if you didn’t use dried.
  • 8) At this point, you can put your rice on to cook if your having it, and cook according to the packet ( keep reading for alternative suggestions)
  • 9) Simmer the chilli for the same length of time it takes to cook the rice (usually around10-15 mins). Then serve.
  • 10) We normally serve it with rice but Ella doesn’t like rice (sometimes she does, sometimes she doesn’t, I can’t keep up) So I ask her.
    If she has blackballed rice that day I will……

Serving Options

a) Spoon into a pitta bread with some cheese and salad

b) Wrap it in a whole meal tortilla like a Burrito

c) On top of a small microwaved Jacket potatoe with salad

d) On it’s own with a naan bread!

e) If you really fancy a treat throw it on top of a massive bowl of nacho’s cover it in cheese and serve with guacamole and natural yoghurt