Definition of chilli con carne in English:

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chilli con carne

Pronunciation: /ˌtʃɪli kɒn ˈkɑːni/ Pronunciation: /ˌtʃɪli kɒn ˈkɑːneɪ/


[mass noun]
A stew of minced beef and beans flavoured with chillies or chilli powder.
Example sentences
  • 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.


From Spanish chile con carne, literally 'chilli pepper with meat'.

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