Recipe: Toddler Friendly Chilli Con Carne

Now that Amelia is finally loving her food she has been trying all sorts of new yummy meals recently. I'm not much of a cook, I'll be honest. But I really want Amelia to have home cooked meals and eat at the dinner table every day just like I did as a kid. So even though Andy works and isn't home for dinner I am making it my mission to sit down with Amelia and have dinner together. I haven't really done this so much yet, so when we move to the new house I will be making sure that I stick to it and will also be meal planning - something that I'm not that good at.

This week I decided to make Chilli Con Carne, which I have never made before so I did have to ask my mum for some advice and also research for a few hints and tips for making a great chilli con carne before I got to work and then went out to buy all of the ingredients. I've never really been a huge fan of chilli but now that I'm older I'm not as fussy with food as I used to be. I like trying new meals and discovering meals that I never thought I'd like! I decided to make this meal from scratch, however if you are wanting a quick meal I would suggest using a packet such as Schwartz which is really easy to use. 

Extra lean mince beef
1 large onion
Tin of chopped tomatoes
Tin of red kidney beans
2 cloves of garlic
Chili powder
Beef stock cube
Tomato pure
Chopped Parsley

What you need to do:

1. Firstly I place diced onion, half a tube of tomato pure, chilli pieces and garlic in a plan on low heat to mix flavour and juices. I left this for about 10 minutes.
2. You will then need to brown the mince for about 4-5 minutes on both sides and drain the water.
3. Then add the kidney beans, tined tomatoes and chilli powder along with 100ml of stock water and stir this.
4. Leave this to shimmer for 20-30 minutes and then serve with rice and garlic bread (optional).

I left the fresh chilli out of the dish and put aside a little plate for Amelia then added the rest of the chilli in otherwise it would have been too hot for her. She really enjoyed it as you can tell from the pictures! Surprisingly she ate it all so I will definitely be cooking this again!

What is your little one's favourite meal?

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  1. My big girl loves spaghetti bolognese, scrambled eggs on toast, and quiche lorraine and at eight months Elma seems to like everything, although courgette polpette, roasted aubergine, and cucumber sticks are greeted with the most enthusiasm!

    Your chilli looks delicious, I'm not surprised she enjoyed it. If you ever do make a chilli or curry a bit too hot, stirring in a swirl of natural yoghurt kills off some of the heat - that's what I do if I want to make a curry for the whole family.

  2. I think I have the only small child who doesn't like mince - great hunks of steak, bacon + lamb chops yes, mince no!

    A bit of a pain as excludes all sorts of recipes but is good to see her tucking into it. I suspect she's such a big meat eater because it was one of the few things we did baby led rather than as purees.

  3. I might make this tomorrow for me and Jack! When you start meal planning, will you be sharing it on the blog?x

  4. My little boy is so picky but I may try this! Looks good

  5. Will be making some of this for my daughter. She loves chili!

  6. ww looks nice Kerry!!!
    I tried extra lean mince before but iwan made it into burgers and didn't like it. Next time will make this or spag bol!!
    Picture of Amelia are so cute!! xx

  7. miam, spicy but also yummy! great recipe


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