Chilli Con Creuset

Nom, nom, nom – did I mention – NOM!

Chilli Served

I have wanted a Le Creuset Casserole pot for about a year now (Dutch oven – for the American contingent), they’re amazing – they are fantastic conductors of heat, they last years and are


sorry, musical interlude aside, it’s safe to say, I’m a big fan and come December 27th I decided I was going to get one! We went to Kildare Village, it’s a designer outlet with lots of stores selling their wares for heavily discounted prices (It’s. Awesome!) and from there Barty was bought!


Isn’t he pretty!?! πŸ™‚ This weekend, Barty got his inaugural cook. Le Creuset have a great recipe online for Chilli, however their’s is a soup, so the below is their recipe, but with a few tweaks from myself to make it, well, not a soup!


  • 500g (7oz) finely ground steak mince
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large red onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 400g can chopped tomatoes + juice
  • 1 beef stock cube (I used Knorr)
  • 1 red pepper (diced small)
  • 1 green pepper (diced small)
  • 1 420g can kidney beans (drained)
  • 2-3 tsp cornflour in a little water
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream

Directions: Serves 4

*tip – make this when you have lots of time and it’ll be a joy – if this is the first time you’re making chilli from scratch and you don’t have a lot of time, this will be a nightmare – YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Olive Oil

Heat the olive oil in your pot.

Chopped Onion

Add the chopped onion and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes until softened. Stir in the ground beef and sear until lightly browned.


Stir in the chilli powder, paprika, cumin, ground coriander, black pepper and continue to cook for a couple of minutes.

Hand on pot lid

Add the tomato puree, canned tomatoes and beef stock. Bring the contents to a simmer, stir well and place the lid on. Continue to cook over a low heat for 45 minutes.

Red PepperGreen Pepper

Stir in the chopped vegetables and kidney beans and continue cooking for 20-25 minutes.

Cornflour and Water Mix

Stir in enough of the cornflour and water mix to thicken slightly. Add two tablespoons of the chopped coriander. Check and adjust the seasoning to taste.


Ladle into bowls to serve and top with a spoon of soured cream. Serve with warm bread, rice or a handful of tortilla chips. I like to serve mine in the Le Creuset petite stoneware casseroles, they look quite small for an adult serving, but as they’re deep they really do pack in a lot!


The joy of this recipe is that it can be made the day before and leaving it over night only improves the flavours, so it’s a win, win situation if you’re making it for a big group of hungry tummies!

Chilli and spoon

again – nom nom nom πŸ˜‰ Enjoy!



  1. January 11, 2015 / 6:26 pm

    Oh I do love my Le Creuset dutch oven and shallow casserole dish (I have them in the teal and they’re beautiful). Your Chilli con Creuset looks lovely. I think the best thing about them is how versatile they are, doing bread in them is great as it comes out with a nice crispy crust.

    • January 11, 2015 / 6:42 pm

      Thanks Lisa! I have the utensil jar in teal – such a beautiful colour! Yes, I totally agree – they really are so versatile. Ooh I must have a go at making bread in them, sounds fun!


  2. January 11, 2015 / 10:10 pm

    That does look delicious – I love a good chilli con carne. We have a Le Creuset store near to us which I love to go and browse in. For some reason I’m always tempted to buy the gravy boat of all things – it just looks so darn cute! xo

    • January 12, 2015 / 10:03 am

      My Mom has the gravy boat Laura – if you get it you won’t regret it, it’s amazing – no more hopping up and down from the table to warm up the gravy, the Le Creuset really holds the heat in so well! πŸ™‚


  3. January 11, 2015 / 10:29 pm

    This looks so good! I have always wanted a Le Creuset pot and held back because they’re so expensive, but I may have to splurge and get one! Like you said I think they’re a great investment that will last forever.

    xoxo Nicole

    • January 12, 2015 / 10:06 am

      If you’re anything like me Nicole you won’t regret it – Barty’s next outing has already been earmarked!


      • Guy
        October 10, 2020 / 3:16 pm

        Hi just trying your chilli. Recipe I didn’t know people named their or cruiset pot should I give mine a male or female name

  4. January 12, 2015 / 12:02 am

    Looks yummy. πŸ˜‰
    Lovely greets Ness

  5. January 12, 2015 / 4:00 pm

    this looks so delicious! I am going to try and make it as well πŸ™‚

    • January 15, 2015 / 12:38 pm

      Hi Kirsten,

      Tag me on Twitter/Instagram if you upload a photo, would love to see how it turns out for you!


  6. Z.
    January 14, 2015 / 3:37 am

    Ohhh that looks good, recipe posts always make me hungry! I’m not the best cook, but you make it look so easy. I might have to give this recipe a try, although I don’t have a Creuset pot so I’ll have to use a substitute!

    • January 15, 2015 / 12:40 pm

      Any good pot will do – I just have a penchant for Le Creuset!!


  7. January 14, 2015 / 9:21 pm

    This looks delicious, I really want some Le Creuset pans πŸ™‚ I love your blog and I have followed you with Bloglovin. If you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo

  8. Floortje
    January 15, 2015 / 9:44 am

    This looks great! Thanks for sharing your recipe πŸ™‚


  9. Marianna
    January 16, 2015 / 1:13 pm

    It looks yummy!!!!


  10. Vanessa
    January 16, 2015 / 4:49 pm

    Great recipe. πŸ˜‰
    New outfit post is online…

  11. girl blussh
    January 16, 2015 / 7:52 pm

    looks jummy!!

  12. Pam King
    November 1, 2020 / 4:52 pm

    Can I print this recipe. Hard to cook and scroll the screens

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