A Cup of Tea and Cake’s Slow-Cooker Chilli Con Carne

Influencer / Beef / Mains / Winter

4 portions


  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 stick of celery, chopped
  • 1 large red pepper, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin 
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika 
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano 
  • 2 tbsp chipotle chilli paste 
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes 
  • 1 beef stock pot
  • 4 tbsp pure maple syrup (preferably dark syrup for its robust taste)
  • 400g can black beans, drained and rinsed 
  • 300g rice, cooked
  • Tortilla chips, to serve
  • Sour cream or yoghurt, to serve
  • Coriander, finely chopped, to serve
  • 1 lime, sliced, to serve 


  1. Turn on your slow cooker to its lowest setting and chop up all your vegetables.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat and then add the mince once hot. Fry for 8-10 minutes until browned all over, then pour into the slow cooker.
  3. Wipe out your pan and heat another 2 tbsp of olive oil. Fry the onion, celery and pepper for 10 minutes until softened. Add the garlic, cumin and smoked paprika, mixing for 1 minutes before removing from the heat. Add to the slow cooker.
  4. Stir in the oregano, chipotle paste, tomato purée, canned tomatoes, pure maple syrup and stock pot. Season with salt and pepper, then mix well. 
  5. Place the lid on your slow cooker and leave to cook for at least 6 hours (for best results, leave overnight).
  6. Stir in the black beans around 1 hour before the cooking time is up.
  7. Serve with cooked rice, tortilla chips, sour cream, a sprinkling of coriander and wedges of lime.

This hearty, warming chilli con carne has the perfect hit of spice paired with the beautiful richness of pure Canadian maple syrup.

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