Sometimes it's hard to decide what you want to cook for an evening meal. Especially when you want to eat healthily. This Chilli Tortilla Bowl recipe is a really tasty meal idea that you can make high carbohydrate or low carbohydrate depending on your activity level. It's really easy too!


  • 500g of Minced Beef
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 large or 2 small Carrots
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 400g Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 400g Tin of Kidney Beans (in chilli sauce optional)
  • 2 tbsp of Tomato Puree
  • 1 Beef Stock Cube
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  • Soft Wholemeal Tortillas



This recipe is enough to make 4 portions. A great batch to make and freeze for the time pushed athlete.

Firstly chop up your onions, carrots & red peppers in to small squares. The smaller you can cut the quicker it will soften & cook.

Once softened slightly add the mince and brown. Add all the spices and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Then dissolve the stock cube in 500ml of water add this and the tinned tomatoes and puree to the meat. Give it a good mix, cover and leave to simmer for 30 minutes. Keep going back and giving it a stir every 5 minutes to prevent it sticking. The chilli should start to thicken.

Then stir in the Kidney Beans and cook for a further 10 minutes to heat through.

The tortilla bowls are easier to make than they look. Stick your oven on to 200 C and make sure it’s at full temperature.

Find a oven proof bowl or cake tin and push the tortilla down into it carefully over lapping the sides so it creates the desired bowl shape (see below).

Place this in the middle of the oven for 5-8 minutes. The tortilla should start to crisp up and go slightly brown. As it crisps up it will start to hold its shape.

Once it feels like this is happening, slide it out of the bowl or tin and flip it on a baking tray so the bottom of the tortilla bowl is facing up. Replace in the oven for a further 5 minutes until this part of the bowl crisps.

Allow to cool and you should be left with some strong bowls ready to dish up your chilli!

If it’s a meal to fuel your training place rice in the bottom of the bowl then top with the chilli and a scoop of cottage cheese. If you want less carbs you can also go just chilli, it’s tasty enough on its own!

Inside the Ingredients

Carrots: Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. Vit A is linked to good vision, and is important for growth, development, and immune function. Carrots are also a good source of several B-vitamins, vitamin K and potassium.

Kidney Beans: Kidney Beans are amongst the richest sources of plant-based protein. They are also rich in healthy fibres, which moderate blood sugar levels and promote colon health. Their carbohydrate content is low GI and so help keep you fuller for longer.

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