Definition of chili con carne in English:

chili con carne

Syllabification: chil·i con car·ne
Pronunciation: /kän ˈkärnē, kən


A spicy stew of beef and red chilies or chili powder, often with beans and tomatoes.
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  • She reckons about 50 per cent of what they produce is homemade - minced lamb hotpot, chilli con carne, spaghetti bolognese, that kind of stuff - plus a mean chicken pie.
  • Into the mains and there is a choice of Cumberland sausage, beef stew, beef stroganoff, spaghetti Bolognese, chilli con carne, Chinese style spare ribs and a chicken curry.
  • That book, The Cuisines of Mexico, became a best-seller and taught a generation of Americans that Mexican food meant more than tacos, nachos and chilli con carne.


mid 19th century: from Spanish chile con carne, literally 'chili pepper with meat'.

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