Chili con Carne and Tomato Rice

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Chili con Carne and Tomato Rice

Most families that I know here, have some kind of Chili con Carne recipe, known simply as chili here. In fact, it is something that they can put together intuitively without referring to any set recipe. Through practise and experience, it just gets better. It is also one of those dishes that can be made on short notice as most people would have the ingredients in the pantry and freezer.

Chili is a real crowd pleaser. Many a potluck and gathering feature this ever popular dish. There are even office and community chili cook-outs with a prize for the best chili. It can be eaten with with tacos, corn chips, bread, and crackers. Often times, it is used as a sauce over hotdogs and burgers.

Chili con Carne and Tomato Rice

I like to serve it with tomato rice, salsa, and a black bean and corn salad. Garnishes include shredded cheese, lettuce, slices of tomatoes, and sour cream. A side of corn chips completes the meal.

Chili con Carne and Tomato Rice

Through the years I have adjusted the recipe to make it my own. Ro-Ri San came home one day from an office chili cookout and suggested adding a little cooking chocolate to give the chili a richer, deeper flavor. Since then, I was told that others considered chocolate a “secret” ingredient…..shhhhh! It all makes sense as chocolate and peppers were ancient Mexican ingredients. Today, cocoa chili blends can be found in spice jars.

Chili Con Carne and Tomato Rice

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Chili Con Carne and Tomato Rice


  • 1 lb (450g) extra lean ground beef
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely sliced
  • 1 tsp McCormick chili seasoning
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 can (15.5 oz/440g) dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14.5 oz/410g)) diced tomato
  • 1 can (8oz/227g) tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • For Tomato Rice
  • 2 cups (400g) long grain rice, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes with juice
  • 2 cups (480ml) water
  • 1 cup (140g) frozen green peas
  • 1 tsp salt


In a large medium pot, heat oil. Sauté onion, garlic, and jalapeno peppers until tender. Add beef and cook until lightly brown. Add chili seasoning, paprika, cumin, basil, and pepper.

Stir in kidney beans, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, add sugar, salt, and chocolate. Reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes. If it gets too thick, add ½ cup water.

For Tomato Rice

In a pot, add olive oil. Sauté onions and garlic until soft. Add cumin and rice, stir to mix well with onions and garlic, about 2 minutes.

Pour in diced tomatoes and water. Bring to a boil, add green peas and salt. Reduce heat and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until all water is absorbed.

Turn heat down to the lowest setting and leave pot on stove for another 5 minutes. Turn off heat, remove pot. Let sit for 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Chili con Carne and Tomato Rice

NOTE: This post was updated on September 20th, 2013 with new pictures.

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8-)

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57 Responses

  1. Lazaro says:

    Gorgeous recipe. Two thumbs way up. Fantastic job. Cheers!

  2. Angie's Recipes says:

    A great dish! I love such a comfort food.

  3. Cristina says:

    I think we had the same things in mind this weekend! Perfect timing for Cinco de Mayo. Wish I had some right now!

  4. Yummy Team says:

    Both dishes look fabulous..Great pics too..

  5. MaryMoh says:

    A lovely meal to have. Beautiful presentation.

  6. Cherine says:

    Beautiful dish!!

  7. Jagruti says:

    Lovely Dish!!

  8. Rick says:

    I must say, I love the chocolate in that!

  9. lequan@luvtoeat says:

    I love chili on a cool rainy day or a cold winter day. This is for sure on my list of comfort foods. And for me, the spicier the better :-P Your recipe sounds delicious Biren. I'm going to have to book mark this cause you're making me crave for chili.

  10. Reeni says:

    Chili is such a great comfort meal. Especially the way you serve it with all these extra goodies alongside! The tomato rice sounds perfect with it.

  11. shahana says:

    Loved your tomato rice version with green peas

  12. tigerfish says:

    What a complete meal laid on a plate :)

  13. 5starfoodie says:

    A terrific chili and I love the tomato rice too! What a great meal!

  14. Fight the Fat Foodie says:

    OMG this looks good!

  15. rox says:

    This would make a great meal after a day of snowboarding!

  16. Rumana Rawat says:

    What a lovely plate…. looks very tempting:-)

  17. Juliana says:

    Biren, your chile com carne sure look so tasty…very comforting :-)

  18. denise fletcher says:

    Wow!! Love the new comment system, the new banner and that dancing Mexican hat LOL Felize Cinco de Mayo, btw. Lovely post for the coming day! Haven't been eating much lately but your gorgeous post is already awakening my appetite ;)

  19. XiaoYen says:

    I don't eat beef so for my chili, I always use turkey instead. The semi sweet chocolate is a big surprise for me here! And tomato rice, very tempting :) I need to try it out, never had it before.

  20. bunkycooks says:

    Great dish! I love your little Cinco de Mayo widget! ;)

  21. chuls says:

    I love your chilli, I also like how your put peas in your rice.


  22. Joy Zhang says:

    Biren I LOVE Chili — it is my hubster's signature dish. That and spaghetti. :)

    Yours looks awesome, I am loving that you chose to serve it with tomato rice. I will have to put his butt to work this weekend, I think after this post, I need a chili fix!

  23. Mary says:

    This really looks wonderful. I love chili and this would be perfect for Cico de Mayo. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  24. Sook says:

    Mmm what a delicious meal! Love the chili.

  25. rotinrice says:

    Hope you feel better soon. Give yourself some time to fully recover.

  26. rotinrice says:

    Hi, Sook! Thanks for visiting and following!

  27. Stella says:

    Biren, I love this-it looks just like my Mom's chili. I might have to make this even though I'm generally trying to avoid meat. This looks too good, and you even put corn chips next to it like my Mom always did-everything's the same from my childhood (smile)…

  28. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Lazaro! I have always paired chili with this tomato rice. The family enjoys it this way :)

  29. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Angie! Chili is comfort food for us. I cook it quite often during the colder months.

  30. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Cristina! Yes, your Spanish rice looks really appetizing too. I love flavored rice as it can be eaten on its own.

  31. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Yummy Team!

  32. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Mary! We like to eat it will all the garnish. Makes it more exciting :)

  33. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Cherine!

  34. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Jagruti!

  35. rotinrice says:

    I do too. The chocolate does make it a difference in the taste.

  36. rotinrice says:

    Thanks LeQuan! I am with you there. Chili is definitely good on rainy and wintry days. I like it spicy but have to tamper it because of the boys.

  37. rotinrice says:

    I agree with you Reeni. The extras make it exciting. Thank you.

  38. rotinrice says:

    The peas give it a nice appearance and color :)

  39. rotinrice says:

    I make this often during the colder months.

  40. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Natasha! It is relatively easy to cook and we love it.

  41. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Scott!

  42. rotinrice says:

    I have to agree with you Roxan. Snowboarding makes one hungry. We used to do a lot of snow shoeing followed by a lot of eating (!?!)

  43. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Rumana!

  44. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Juliana! It surely is comfort food. Sometimes I double this recipe :)

  45. rotinrice says:

    Do try it with the chocolate. There is a distinct difference in taste.

  46. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Gwen! That widget is cute. Glad you like it :)

  47. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Chul! Maybe you can try making it and surprise your mom and dad. Thanks for visiting :)

  48. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Joy! I am sure your hubby makes a great chili. Try it with the tomato rice :)

  49. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Mary! This family loves chili too. Often times I have to double the recipe.

  50. rotinrice says:

    Thanks Stella! Perhaps you can use meat stock instead and make it kind of vegetarian. I think it will still be tasty.

  51. turmericnspice says:

    great presentation and mmm…delicious meal

  52. Jessie says:

    I cook chili when the weather starts to be nippy and I also put chocolate in mine. Will try to cook the tomato rice in a rice cooker. Sounds wonderful!

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