Chilli Con Carne

As part of our Morrisons mum challenge we were set the task to make a meal and compare the price per serving to what it normally costs when we do a shop.

One of the easy meals I always do is chilli con carne, its simple, quick and pretty cheap all round! Plus this recipe I’m about so share does 2 adults and 2 children for 2 meals, which means I get a night of cooking as I do it one night and freeze it for another.


  • 2 Chilli’s (Optional to change to your heat requirement, this makes it spicy but not too hot for the children)
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 pack of mince
  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tin of kidney beans (drained)
  • 1 Oxo cube
  • Rice to serve
  • Optional I sometimes add chilli flakes or powder plus a red pepper but not in this meal.



  1. Chop the onion and chilli into little chunks and fry in a little oil.
  2. Once the onion and chilli are starting to brown add the mince and fry off until it is cooked.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes, kidney beans and oxo cube and mix together.
  4. At this point I sometimes add a little water and allow the chilli to simmer until we are ready to eat.
  5. Serve with rice.

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One thing that I think is great about chilli con carne is how versatile it can be, you can have it with rice or in burritos or just on top of a jacket potatoes.

For the purpose of our Morrison’s experiment here is a break down of price per serving. Some of the ingredients I already had so I’ve looked online at Morrisons for their prices.

  • 2 Chilli’s (15p)
  • 1 Onion (6p)
  • 1 pack of mince (£3.33)
  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes (70p)
  • 1 tin of kidney beans (drained) (23p)
  • 1 Oxo cube (7p)
  • Rice to serve (51p)

These prices would serve a family of four 2 meals for £5.05 or £2.52 per meal.

You can always bulk your meal out a bit more too if you wanted to with more kidney beans and tomatoes to help those pennies stretch further.




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