There are a lot of recipes out there for Chili Con Carne. A lot! And many of those recipes require you to cook the minced meat from scratch, which we normally don’t. If we have a little leftover Bolognaise Sauce for Pasta, which I usually cook in large batches and freeze, that’s what we will use to spice things up a little (literally!) with this easy, cheap and super quick Chili Con Carne.

Using up the leftover Bolognaise Sauce for Pasta to make Chili Con Carne just makes this dish so much more flavourful. Sure, you could just have the Bolognaise Sauce with some pasta for dinner but if you’ve already had that two nights in a row – which sometimes does happen to us when I defrost a tub of Bolognaise Sauce – then it’s Chili Con Carne night for us which we so enjoy. Here’s how to make this simple meal.


2 Ladles of Bolognaise Sauce for Pasta

1 tin Beans in brine (drained)

1 tin Corn kernels (drained)

1-2 Chili Peppers (to taste), finely chopped

¼ Tsp. Cayenne pepper

¼ Tsp. Chili Powder

Salt and Pepper to taste

Spray ‘n’ Cook

1 Tbsp. Oil

*You can halve all the ingredients if you have a smaller amount of Bolognaise Sauce leftover and it will still yield a few reasonably sized portions.  


Spray a deep pan with Spray ‘n’ Cook, add the oil and allow to heat up. Fry the Chili peppers for a minute or two. Add the Bolognaise Sauce for Pasta, drained beans and corn, spices and salt and pepper to taste. Cook on moderate heat for about 10-12 minutes and serve immediately.

Serve with:

A toasted, buttered bun (my favourite!)

Rice or couscous.

Fried eggs.

Mashed or baked potatoes.

Pasta or noodles.

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