Mexican beans con carne is possibly the clumsiest name for a recipe ever, but it’s the best description I can come up with for this dish.

It’s got the warmth of Mexican spices without the chilli, which makes it kid-friendly. It’s a fantastic protein hit, with both beef and beans. Arty would eat this for dinner every night if we let him.

mexican beans con carne (kid friendly chilli!)


Mexican beans con carne

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium brown onion, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 350g beef mince
  • 1 x 400g can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 x 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium carrot, grated


  1. Heat the oil in a medium to large frying pan, then add the onions and fry for around 2 mins until they begin to become translucent.
  2. Add the taco seasoning, and continue to cook until fragrant.
  3. Now add the beef mince, and cook, stirring, until it browns.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients, stir to combine, then simmer on a low heat for 20 mins.
  5. Serve on polenta, in tacos, or on toast.

mexican beans con carne (kid friendly chilli!)


This dish freezes really well, so it’s worth doubling the quantities to make a big batch when you have the time. It’s exactly the kind of warm and satisfying meal you want to be able to feed your kid on a cold night when you’ve all had a long day.