Cheap As Chips Chilli

Cheap As Chips Chilli

Cheap as Chips Chilli

October 24, 2018
: 20 min
: 40 min
: Easy

This recipe is so easy, cheap and tasty I would recommend it for anyone. Great for freezing and the lentils extend the beef mince and make it a really affordable meal, great for big families. If you are wanting to lose weight and lower your carb intake for dinner, just leave out the rice.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups brown rice or basmati rice
  • 1 – 2 beef soup cubes in 3 cups boiling water or 3 cups homemade soup stock
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced or finely chopped
  • 1-2 whole red chilli pepper, diced with seeds
  • 4-5 large mushrooms, sliced (optional)
  • 1.5 tbsp chilli powder or chilli seasoning, (mixture of paprika, chilli, cumin, salt, garlic, cloves, marjoram)
  • 1 large celery stick, diced (optional)
  • 2-3 carrots, grated
  • 1-2 zucchini, grated or diced into quarters
  • 1 x 450 gram can of lentils, drained OR / 1 cup uncooked lentils cooked in three cups water
  • 1 can of regular, low sugar baked beans
  • 2 cans of chopped tomatoes, (Italian or Pesto flavoured taste great!)
  • 300-500 grams of beef mince
  • ½ bag or fresh spinach or 5 cubes frozen spinach
  • 1 green capsicum
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh coriander
  • Greek yoghurt
  • Step 1 Rice: Prepare rice according to instruction on packet. Each ½ cup of dry rice will make about 1 cup of cooked rice. Serve from ½ to 1 cup cooked rice depending on person’s size and energy requirements.
  • Step 2 Chilli: Cook onion for 3-4 minutes until becoming translucent
  • Step 3 Add garlic, mushrooms and red chilli pepper and cook for 2 more minutes
  • Step 4 Add in 1.5 tbsp chilli seasoning or chilli powder and stir
  • Step 5 Cook mince in a separate pan with salt and pepper added toward the end. Breaking up as it becomes just cooked through. Drain off any fat and put mince aside.
  • Step 6 Add celery, carrots and zucchini and cook for 5 minutes
  • Step 7 Add cooked mince and stir in
  • Step 8 Pour in cans of tomatoes, kidney beans and baked beans, stir and simmer for 15 minutes
  • Step 9 Just before serving, add in the spinach and green capsicum and cook for 3 minutes
  • Step 10 Serve on top of rice with a dollop of yoghurt and fresh coriander. Freeze unused portions.

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