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Chilli con Carne Jacket Potatoes for Bonfire Night

Posted on: 18th Nov 2010

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I’m very late with this post but it is great dish for any cold evening not only Bonfire Night…


  • 600g minced meat (I used turkey)
  • 2-3 onions (chopped)
  • 3 tbs oil (I used grapeseed oil)
  • 2 tbs paprika powder or even better smoked paprika
  • 1 tbs garlic granules
  • 1 tsp (or more) chilli flakes
  • 2 vegetable cubes (10g each)
  • 2 chicken cubes (10g each)
  • 1 tbs dried oregano
  • 3-4 tbs tomato paste / 140g tin or even better sundried tomato paste
  • 2 tsp soft dark brown sugar
  • 1½ cups of hot water
  • 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 400g tin of red kidney beans (drained)
  • 4-6 large baking potatoes to serve
  • crème fraiche, soured cream or grated cheese to serve - optional


  1. Make cross cut on the top of each potato and place them in the oven preheated to 200°C (392°F)  and bake for about an hour or longer, until very soft inside (check with the skewer).
  2. In meantime fry meat and onions on oil onions are until browned. Reduce fire, add paprika and garlic and fry some more. Then add the rest of ingredients and cook for about 30 minutes until liquid is almost completely reduced.
  3. Serve over baked potatoes, optionally top with crème fraiche or soured cream or sprinkle with some grated cheese.

Make 4-6 portions.


Any left over chilli con carne can be used next day to make Sloppy Joe sandwich.

Taste good also served over the rice instead baked potatoes.

Bonfire night is celebrated in England on the 5th of November, also known as Guy Fawkes Night.

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  1. Nice way to use up leftover potatoes too, especially breakfast hashbrowns or something like that.

  2. I have loved these meals in one for a long time. There used to be a fast food place in the mall that sold baked potatoes with all kinds of toppings.

  3. oh i love this. what a great spin on meat and potatoes!! :)

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