Chunky Chilli Con Carne

We've passed the shortest day of the year, but the slow cooker is still cranking and we're enjoying lots of warming, nourishing and delicious Winter meals.

These one-pot wonders are also the perfect way to prepare lots of quality food ahead of time for your lunches and mid-week dinners.  This recipe is delicious on it’s own or paired with some roasted potato or rice. The cacao gives this version a deep chocolaty flavour and interesting twist.

Be sure to use a high quality meat - we always look for grass-fed, happy animals and like to find out about where they come from. Grass-fed meat is higher in Omega-3 (important anti-inflammatory fat) and we love knowing that the animals are healthy and fed a natural diet, just like we strive to eat ourselves. 


  • 1kg grass-fed beef steak, diced (chuck or stew meat)
  • 500g grass-fed beef mince
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 ½ tbsp ground cumin
  • 2–3 tbsp beef tallow or ghee
  • 2 white onions, diced
  • 4 (28g) garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 x 400g cans diced plum tomatoes
  • 3 large tbsp tomato paste
  • 4–5 tbsp hot sauce (find one with no sugar or preservatives) - optional
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper (adjust for different heats)
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander and/or diced red onion to serve


  1. In a large mixing bowl coat the diced beef and mince with oregano and ground cumin.
  2. In a large cast iron pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the meat and stir for 2 minutes until browned almost all over.
  3. Add the diced onions and garlic and stir for another 3 minutes or so until the onion is clear and fragrant.
  4. Add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, chilli sauce, cayenne pepper and raw cacao powder. Adjust the amount of chilli to suit your preference.
  5. Reduce to a simmer. There should be just enough liquid to cover the meat, but if it’s looking dry, add some more tomato paste or a little water).
  6. Simmer on low for 3–5 hours until the beef chunks start to break down. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt if needed.
  7. Serve warm, topped with fresh coriander and diced red onion.


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