Spicy Chilli Con Carne Slow Cooked

This Spicy Chilli Con Carne recipe is a great one to double the mince on so you can re-purpose the leftovers into tacos, burrito bowls, pies or even served on a baked potato. I love my slow cooker and use it all year round.  The joy in having dinner done when we all get home after a long day is just the best.   My new slow cooker has the ability to sear on the stove which is great for quick preparation.


  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 large brown onion, diced
  • 1-2 chorizo sausages, diced
  • 500g beef mince
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced (Use a Microplane and grate straight over the pot)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp Chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika (if you like it hot and smokey then use Smoked Paprika, otherwise Sweet Paprika provides a sweeter flavour to calm down the heat).
  • 400g can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar


  • Heat coconut oil in bottom of slow cooker and sear onions for about 5 minutes.  Place sliced chorizo into pan and brown.
  • Place mince into slow cooker and stir, breaking it apart to ensure it is browned all over.
  • Add garlic and spices and stir for 1 minute to release the aromas.
  • Pour in the diced tomatoes and balsamic vinegar and stir to combine.
  • Cook on medium for 4-5 hours or on low for 6-7 hours.
  • Serve your Chilli Con Carne in a bowl topped with sour cream or yoghurt, some coriander leaves and a side of jalapenos if you’re game.
About Michele Lyons
Michele Lyons spent 25 years working in the corporate environment with 10 years as an Executive Assistant at a senior level. A couple of years ago Michele decided to forgo the long hours in the city to work closer to home and spend more time with her two teenage boys. Michele started working with us at the Farmers Markets and her excellent organisation skills meant she quickly moved into the office. Since Michele joined The Free Range Butcher her role has expanded to include all things administration, recipe testing, inspirational ideas, marketing, communications and all round keeping the team organised and on track. As long as Michele’s has had her morning coffee you can ask her anything!

Comments (2)

  • Hi Michele, this sounds great. Being able to sear the meat in the slow cooker would be handy! What slow cooker do you use?

    • Hi Lee,
      There’s lots around but I have a relatively cheap one being a Morphy Richards 6.5L Sear & Stew. its great for making broths as well as its nice and big.
      Regards Michele

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