Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Green Chilli Con Carne Tacos

Tacos with chilli con carne filling.

Every so often I am gifted with some fresh produce from various neighbours. Everything from gorgeous cauliflowers the same size as my head to fragrant fresh herbs to the latest drop-off - a bag of green chillies! In a world where retailers bombard us with messages to buy buy buy I *love* the simplicity and sense of community that comes from homegrown produce that is grown and shared at home. Speaking of which, our turn to share has come around because in the last few days our guava tree has started producing a deluge of fruit! 

Green chilli con carne tacos.

With temperatures just starting to dip slightly and the definite onset of autumn I could not resist a warming chilli con carne. Rather than adding chilli powder I added fresh green chillies for heat and a delicious flavour. I like just a hint of chilli in my food - a touch of heat but not so much that I can no longer discern the flavours that I am tasting.

Tacos with mince and cheese.

This chilli con carne tastes even better the next day and is the ideal meal to make in advance. Make it and keep it in the fridge overnight or freeze for a quick week night meal. If you are entertaining make the chilli con carne a few hours before dinner time, then when it is time to eat pop everything on the table and let your guests assemble their own tacos. Good times. 

Chilli con carne tacos with cheese.

Cook's notes - You can enjoy these tacos with any of your favourite accompaniments. For me it has to be sour cream, and today I have jazzed it up with a handful of fresh coriander and some lime juice. If you like your tacos hot, hot, hot then feel free to add extra chillies to the pot.

Tacos with chilli con carne filling.




Makes approximately 10-12 tacos depending on size

Green chilli con carne tacos with cheddar cheese and sour cream.

2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 tsp crushed garlic
5 small green chillies (about 20g), deseeded and chopped
2 bay leaves
1 tsp cumin
500g lean beef mince
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 x 400g tin red kidney beans, drained
1 tsp brown sugar
salt to taste

For the sour cream:

1/2 cup sour cream
small handful coriander, washed and chopped
1/2 tsp lime juice

To serve:

ready-made taco shells
grated cheddar cheese

Step 1.) Heat the olive oil in a deep saucepan or pot. Add the onion, garlic, green chillies and bay leaves. Sauté until soft. Add the cumin and cook for a further minute. 

Step 2.) Add the mince and brown. Add the tinned tomatoes with their juices, the drained beans, brown sugar and a good pinch of salt. Fill one of the empty tins with water and add this to the pot. Give the mixture a stir and leave to simmer with the lid on for 45 minutes. 

Step 3.) Stir the mixture. Leave to simmer for a further 10-15 minutes with the lid off until most of the liquid has evaporated and the mixture has thickened. Remove the bay leaves and check the seasoning. 

Step 4.) To make the sour cream combine the sour cream, coriander and lime juice in a small bowl and mix well. Keep in the fridge until just before serving. 

Step 5.) Crisp up the taco shells in the oven as per the manufacturer's instructions. Pop a little fresh lettuce into each shell followed by a generous spoonful of chilli con carne. Top with lashings of sour cream and grated cheese. Serve immediately. 


  1. What a great recipe. I love it when the food tastes better the next day which gives you the chance to make it ahead of time xx

    1. Thanks Tami, I love having a few make-ahead recipes in the repertoire!

  2. Oooooooo I love the look of this and my kids will think I am the greatest mom on earth!

    1. My two littlies can sometimes be fussy eaters and they loved it. Go for it supermom!

  3. delicious! and I love that you get fresh produce as gifts - and you can reciprocate as well which makes for a great barter system :)

    1. Speaking of which, I got a huge bag of green beans today! Sharing is caring after all. :)

  4. Oh I love tacos! These look superb... My husband started growing his own veg about 4 years ago and it is astonishing what a little community there is around the vegetable plots in our suburb! And of course the stuff just tastes better...

    1. Thanks Jeanne, that sounds wonderful! A great example of food bringing the community together.

  5. This Chilli looks great Teresa. I have just spent 6 weeks in California, and taco's are the "go to food" there as it is so close to Mexico. I am definitely going to try this recipe.

    1. Thanks Ev! 6 weeks in California... sounds divine! I hope you enjoy your homemade tacos.

  6. These look delicious. Tacos are definitely going to be on my menu soon.

  7. Looks Amazing !!