Syn Free Chilli con Pavo | Slimming World

Con…what?! This is my twist on the classic Chilli con Carne: I substitute minced beef with minced turkey (you guessed it, pavo is turkey in Spanish). Serve with freshly made, fluffy, Basmati rice and you’re in for a right treat.

Minced turkey is lean (2% fat) therefore, no Syns! The taste is not very distinctive making it perfect to personalise your chilli with a great variety of spices. Having said all this, I still think beef makes an amazing chilli and we ,very rarely, treat ourselves to some red meat. If you’re using minced beef for your Chilli con Carne, remember to get the 5% fat kind to keep the recipe Syn free.

You’ll also notice my Chilli con Pavo is, well, chilli-less. I’m not a fan of spicy food and I find the paprika gives this recipe a nice hint of spiciness. However, sprinkling dried chilli flakes will add heat for those who like it.

On with the recipe …

Chilli con Pavo

Serves: 3/4

Syns: 0

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 50 minutes/1 hour



1 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced

500g turkey mince (or 5% minced beef)

1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes

2 tbsp tomato pureé

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp paprika

1 stick cinnamon

Generous shake of Worcestershire sauce

1 beef stock cube

salt and ground pepper to taste

1 x 400g can red kidney beans, rinsed

To serve: Chopped fresh coriander and dried chilli flakes (optional)


1. Spray Frylight in a large sauce pan and fry the onion and garlic until softened.

2. Increase the heat and add the mince. Cook until brown breaking down chunks with a wooden spoon.

3. Stir in the tinned tomatoes, tomato pureé, pepper, cumin, coriander, paprika, cinnamon, Worcestershire sauce and crumbled stock cube. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, cover pan with a lid and cook over a gentle heat for about 50 minutes . Stir occasionally to avoid the chilli from sticking until it’s thickened.

4. Add the kidney beans and cook uncovered for a further 10 minutes. Add water if necessary.

5. Add extra seasoning if required and serve with plain boiled rice.

6. Sprinkle fresh coriander and dried chilli flakes (optional)

7. Enjoy!


Syn values shown on this recipe are in line with values given by Slimming World at the time of writing. If in doubt, check Slimming World’s official sources as values may change after posting.

I aim to keep recipes’s Syn values as accurate as possible. If you spot a mistake or a change that needs updating, do drop me a message so it can be reflected on the recipe.

This is YOUR slimming journey, remember to enjoy it!


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