Saffron-Infused Chilli Con Carne

By Alex Zar

Beef Chilli con Carne and Saffron

"A Classic With a Saffron Twist: Chilli Con Carne"

The exact origins of Chilli con Carne (chilli with meat) are unknown. One story links the creation to a Spanish Nun who appeared in hypnotic visions to a couple of Native Americans in the Texan desert and urged them to be baptised and cook this dish.

The truth behind the creation of the ‘pot o’ red’ remains a mystery. However, one thing we are sure of is that Chilli con Carne is a total crowd pleaser and will make hungry bellies very happy! We’ve added to the mystery with the addition of exotic Saffron.

Chilli con Carne ingredients


  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 500g chuck steak, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 500g ripe tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 500ml water, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Cooking oil
  • Smoked Sea Salt and pepper, to taste
  • A pinch of premium saffron powder
  • Fresh coriander, lime, avocado, and baby radish for serving


  1. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Fry onion and garlic until soft.
  2. Add beef, cooking until browned.
  3. Stir in saffron, tomatoes, tomato paste, and kidney beans. Cover with water.
  4. Bring to boil, then simmer on low heat for 60 minutes until meat is tender.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve with rice, grated carrot, or as desired. Garnish with coriander, lime, avocado, and radish.

Saffron-Infused Chilli Con Carne


Serving Chilli Con Carne with Saffron is a delightful experience, made more versatile with a range of accompaniments. A traditional favorite is to spoon it over a bed of fluffy rice, which perfectly absorbs the rich flavors and spices. For a twist, try ladling it onto warm, crispy tortillas, offering a delightful textural contrast. You can also explore other serving options like over a mound of creamy mashed potatoes or as a hearty filling for baked potatoes. For those looking for a lighter option, a bed of fresh greens or quinoa makes an excellent base, adding a healthy touch to this flavorful dish.

Checkout our other Saffron Recipes Here