Chilli con Carne Tacos – a quick & tasty family meal!

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Chilli con Carne Tacos made with Schwartz Recipe Mix for a great quick meal! Fab Food 4 AllChilli con Carne Tacos

I don’t remember exactly when I had my first Chilli con Carne but I’m pretty sure it was made using Schwartz Recipe Mix. My mum cooked most of our meals from scratch but I remember a friend of hers recommending the Schwartz Chilli con Carne Recipe Mix and it became a firm favourite served with rice. So one day when my mum had to go off to Denmark and I found myself having to cook for my dad and then new boyfriend, I decided to make our favourite fool proof Chilli con Carne. No doubt we would have been going out for the evening so I chose to do something quick and easy.

Chilli con Carne Tacos made with Schwartz Recipe Mix for a great quick meal! Fab Food 4 All
There was however one snag, after trawling several supermarkets there was no fresh beef mince to be found so I found myself buying frozen mince, this was truly uncharted territory! Sadly it made the worst Chilli con Carne ever in both flavour and texture, not really the best way to impress your new boyfriend. Frozen mince in the 80’s was nothing like the frozen mince you can get today which is really rather good. Luckily new boyfriend saw past my culinary disaster and went on to become my hubby (just as well I wasn’t on Dinner Dates)!

Chilli con Carne Tacos made with Schwartz Recipe Mix for a great quick meal! Fab Food 4 All
I had forgotten all about the Chilli con Carne Recipe Mix until Schwartz got in contact to ask me about a food story and my favourite dish. My own family all love Chilli con Carne and our favourite way to have it is in tacos with salad, grated Cheddar, sour cream and jalepenos! I usually divide the Chilli between 4 bowls which I serve on a plate along with the tacos and then everyone assembles their own taco from the bowls of garnishes on the table. I like to add a few jalepenos to my Chillies so did this with the Schwartz Recipe Mix but they also do a Hot Chilli con Carne for people who like a bit of heat. My family loved this meal and I love that it is just so quick to put together (it was just as good as I remember it)! When you don’t want to compromise of taste and are pushed for time a recipe mix like this can be a huge helping hand!

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Chilli con Carne Tacos are a fabulous quick and tasty meal using Scwartz Recipe Mix. Perfect for a midweek family meal!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4
  • 450g extra lean beef mince
  • 1 tbsp Rapeseed oil
  • 1 sachet Schwartz Chilli con Carne Recipe Mix
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 400g tin red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 – 2 tbsp chopped red or green jalapenos (from a jar)
  • 125 ml cold water
  • 12 taco shells
  • Taco garnishes
  • Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • tomatoes, diced
  • sour cream
  • jalapenos, sliced (from a jar)
  1. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan/wok.
  2. Fry the mince until browned (about 5 minutes).
  3. Add the Schwartz Chilli con Carne Recipe Mix contents, tomatoes, kidney beans, jalapenos and water.
  4. Bring to the boil, stirring.
  5. Lower heat to a simmer, cover and cook gently for 15 – 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Towards the end of cooking heat up the taco shells according to their instructions.
  7. Place all the prepared garnishes in bowls ready to serve at the table.
  8. Once ready divide the Chilli con Carne between 4 bowls and place on serving plates along with 3 tacos each.
  9. Allow your guests to assemble their own tacos from the Chilli and garnishes.

I do hope you try these Chilli con Carne Tacos as I’m sure your family will love them as much as mine do! Do you have a favourite meal that has a special story attached to it? Have you shared it with your family? Do let me know in the comments!Β For more meals using Schwartz herbs and spices you might like the following:

Cajun Chicken Fajitas – Fab Food 4 All
Curried Parsnip and Coriander Soup – Fab Food 4 All
Child Friendly Lasagne with Cheddar Cheese Sauce – Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary

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  1. Richard Eldred Hawes

    I have always liked a nice chilli but never served it in Tacos

  2. Helen Moulden

    Tacos are amazing with chilli. Love anything Mexican!

    1. Camilla

      They really are perfect with chilli-)

  3. Amy Fidler

    looks like a fun recipe for all the family x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Emma, it really is:-)

  4. A S,Edinburgh

    Sounds delicious! It’s very helpful to know that the Schwartz mix gives good results; I’m never sure about trying that kind of product, although they’re convenient.

    1. Camilla

      You’ve just reminded me I have a sachet in the cupboard, must use it soon:-)

  5. Heather Haigh

    One of my favourite meals, and yours is a great recipe

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Heather, Schwartz mixes are great to give a helping hand:-)

  6. William Gould

    Never thought of Tacos! We usually have our Chilli with a Naan or with pasta shells sprinkled with cheese!

    1. Camilla

      We often have with rice and I remember there was a trend in restaurants to serve with cream crackers a few decades ago LOL! Never had with naan or pasta!

  7. Laura Tovey

    These I have to try!! Sounds really yummy!!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Laura:-)

  8. Paul Wilson

    Great stuff, love a nice taco.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, we love tacos here too:-)

  9. ellie

    Made this for my friend and we both really enjoyed, so easy:)

    1. Camilla

      So glad you both enjoyed it:-)

  10. glenn hutton

    Looks fab and so fresh. My efforts never ever turn out as good looking like yours do… Well done!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Glenn, very kind-)

  11. Sarah Cooper

    This looks delicious!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sarah, it really is delicious:-)

  12. Kimberley Ryan

    wonderful quick easy meal, love your presentation, I will be keeping my eye open for these mixes

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Ryan, yes the mixes are great to have in the cupboard for a quick meal;-)

  13. Angela

    I am loving the sound of this!!! So easy and FULL of flavor!! Ill have to keep an eye out for the packets!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Angela, the mixes are so handy to have in the cupboard:-)

  14. Sarah Maison Cupcake

    These look so colourful and appealing! Such a cheery meal!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sarah, such a quick and tasty meal, we had it again the other night:-)

  15. Kavey

    Used to do this more often and haven’t for ages, thanks for the delicious reminder! πŸ™‚

    1. Camilla

      Pleasure Kavey:-)

  16. Daphne Goh

    Such a vibrant colours dish! Love spices and chillies, they are my favourite ingredients. πŸ™‚

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Daphne:-)

  17. Riz

    Ah! I love how bright and beautiful the photos turned out !!!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Riz:-)

  18. Aish Padihari

    Any soups with some mexican flavors in it, is my fav. Period. Love your presentation and I can tell that it was super delish.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Aish:-)

  19. Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons

    I can’t love this more! Tacos and chili-sounds perfect!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, they work so well together:-)

  20. Jen | Baked by an Introvert

    I love the idea of chili tacos! I bet they are crazy good!!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jen, yes a firm favourite here:-)

  21. Platter Talk

    This will make a great addition to our next Football Party! Go Pak & thanks for the great idea.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks! Great Dan, enjoy your party:-)

  22. Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry

    These look delicious and simple too. Great that a spice mix like this one from Schwartz can add such flavour.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Bintu, yes Schwartz make cooking a quick and tasty meal that bit easier:-)

  23. Debra C.

    Tacos are the best weeknight dinner & this looks excellent, great shortcut using the recipe mix!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Debra, yes it’s great to have a tasty shortcut from Schwartz:-)

  24. Sarah (Mum x3x)

    Ohhh chili con carne tacos sounds and look delicious! I’d have a lot of cheese on mine! The spice mix sounds great, too! πŸ™‚

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sarah, we’ve always had Chilli con Carne in our tacos, it works so well and the Schwartz recipe mix is a great short cut:-)

  25. Nicola

    We’ve been talking about making tacos a lot recently and these look delicious! Nicola

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Nicola:-)

  26. fashion-mommy

    Those tacos look amazing, although I’m not strictly a fan of Chilli.

    1. Camilla

      Ah well, one out of two ain’t bad:-)

  27. Charlie @ The Kitchen Shed

    What a great idea, Chilli Tacos! Delicious!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Charlie:-)

  28. Jess

    You can’t beat a good chilli! I love mine with plenty of cheese too πŸ™‚

    1. Camilla

      Yes, there always has to be cheese:-)

  29. Nikki

    Chilli con carne is one of my favourite meals (minus the kidney beans) and these tacos sound lovely! I am definately going to give these a try!

    1. Camilla

      Great Nikki, glad to have inspired:-)

  30. Elizabeth

    My kids have been asking for tacos for yonks! I really ought to make them more often – these look SO good!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Elizabeth, yes kids love them:-)

  31. Sara

    I Love Chilli con Carne πŸ™‚ is looks Delicious! Keep up the good work!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Sara:-)

  32. Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet

    Never ever tried frozen mince before but at least you confirmed my gut instinct was correct. Looks like a vibrant dinner!

    1. Camilla

      Michelle, frozen mince is great now please don’t let my experience from the 80’s put you off:-)

  33. gingeybites

    Love tacos and these look fun! I’d definitely go with the hot chilli con carne!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Alex:-)

  34. Jo of Jo's Kitchen

    I always use the Schwartz sachets for my chilli and bolognaise. I love them! These tacos look delicious

    1. Camilla

      I’ve not tried the bolognaise ever so will look out for that! There’s a 4 for Β£2 offer in Morrisons at the moment:-)

  35. Sarah Bailey

    Do you know I don’t think I’ve ever had a taco – it is something I would love to try though – so I’ll have to try and make these for myself. x

    1. Camilla

      Oh Sarah, you must try them:-)

  36. Rachel

    These look delcious, I love Tacos! I think these would go down a treat with my family! xo

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, I’m sure they would Rachel:-)

  37. Ceri Jones

    I don’t have chilli very often, I think I’ve just forgotten about it. You’ve reminded me to try it again soon – looks lush!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ceri, sometimes we just forget about a dish after perhaps having it too often, then it’s nice to re-visit it:-)

  38. John Adams

    Interestingly, I had noticed just how varied the Schwartz range had become. Chilli con carne happens to be something of a staple in this house and I love the idea of combining it with tacos. I’ll be sure not to use frozen beef mince!

    1. Camilla

      Yes the Schwartz range is superb, so many different products to liven up your meals easily! But frozen mince of today is nothing like the ground slurry that I bought back in the 80’s, indeed I’m very impressed with it so don’t let me put you off, it’s a great product now and such good value:-)

  39. Wendy

    I love, love LOVE tacos and could just eat these right now! They look absolutely delicious.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Wendy, tacos are such a fun and tasty meal;-)

  40. Del's cooking twist

    I’m crazy about tacos and your recipe makes me hungry. Looks fabulous!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Del:-)

  41. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    Brilliant idea to serve chilli in tacos! I’ll have to try that with my veggie chilli πŸ™‚ The spice mix sounds so handy as well.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Becca, yes the Schwartz sachets are very handy:-)

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