Chilli Con Carne with Chorizo

This Chilli Con Carne with Chorizo is so easy to make as you just let the slow cooker do the work!  It’s ideal for a fuss free supper with friends and the chorizo gives it that extra bit of wow.  It does pack a bit of a punch, so if making for a family dinner then you may want to swap the hot chilli powder for mild depending on the tolerance of your little ones.

Preparation time – 10 minutes

Cooking time – 4 and a half hours

Serves – 4 – 6 adults 

Little helpers – Measuring out the spices, rinsing the kidney beans, tipping everything into the slow cooker

Ingredients for Chile Con Carne with Chorizo

Tbsp olive oil
1 onion finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic pressed or grated
Tsp ground cumin
Tsp ground cinnamon
Tbsp hot chilli powder
Tbsp dried oregano
Tsp smoked paprika
500g mince meat
200g chorizo
2 peppers (I used green)
1 Beef Stock cube ( I used knor)
100 ml water
100 ml wine
1 can chopped tomatoes
2 cans kidney beans drained and rinsed
Salt and pepper to season


Method for Chile Con Carne with Chorizo

Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat.  Add the onion and fry for 3 minutes, then add the garlic and fry for another 2 minutes.  Then tip into the slow cooker

In the same pan, fry the mince meat (in batches if you need to) until browned.  Add to the slow cooker.

Chop the pepper and the chorizo into chunky pieces and add to the slow cooker.

Then add the water, wine and stock cube and give a stir.  Add in the spices, dried oregano and chilli powder and give a stir.

Cover with the lid and set the slow cooker to high and leave for four hours.

After four hours add the kidney beans and stir in.  Leave for another half an hour.


Season to taste and serve with rice or garlic bread along with guacamole and sour cream.



  1. December 11, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    This looks like a great chili recipe!

  2. December 12, 2016 / 12:50 am

    This recipe seems delicious! I will try it next weekend!

  3. December 15, 2016 / 11:07 pm

    Don’t you find that kidney beans are a bit marmite? I mean, kids either gobble them up no bother, or they look at them like they just fell out the back of the cat? The recipe looks good, although we use Quorn mince now for everything like this. Doesn’t really taste any different!

    • December 15, 2016 / 11:11 pm

      I know what you mean about the kidney beans! We use quorn mince if my sister is visiting as she’s a veggie, but then you lose the flavour of the chorizo too ?

  4. December 16, 2016 / 11:08 am

    Never thought about adding chorizo to this classic but what a brilliant addition!

    • December 16, 2016 / 11:57 am

      It’s great in adding more flavour, and making it a bit more special ?

  5. December 16, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    This sounds delicious. Chilli is one of our favourite family meals, will try it with Chorizo in next time.

    • December 16, 2016 / 12:40 pm

      It’s lovely with the addition of Chorizo, makes a big difference. Hope you enjoy it.

  6. December 16, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    This looks nice and tasty. I love chilli con carne 🙂 Perfect with a glass of red wine, yum!!

  7. ChelseaMamma
    December 17, 2016 / 8:40 am

    I never thought to put Chorizo in chilli – bet it gives it an extra kick

  8. December 18, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    I love recipes like this, it’s so easy to throw everything in and leave it to do its work. Love the addition of hot chilli x

  9. December 18, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    This is such a delicious recipe. I never put chorizo with chilli but definitely want to try it. I love sweet potato with chilli as well. It’s so delicious. I bet that would pair perfectly with chorizo. x

    • December 19, 2016 / 9:53 pm

      Yes definitely, I often make a sweet potato chilli (there’s one in my recipe pages), but now you mention it, sweet potato and chorizo would be really good too 🙂

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