Turkey Mince Chilli

We really like Chilli in our house and think that with the right flavourings Turkey mince can be a good substitute for beef. It's also lower in fat, so good for those of us trying to watch our weight a little bit. 

It's also pretty economical in price as I've used half a 800g pack of Turkey mince, the other portion is in the freezer and will be used to make another meal soon. 

3 servings


Turkey Mince Chilli 400 g (£3.50 / 800 g) - £1.75
1 Onion, chopped (£1.00 / 4) - £0.25
Tin Chopped Tomatoes - £0.31
Chilli Beans - £0.49
Tomato Purée 15 g (£0.48 / 200 g) - £0.04
2 cloves of garlic, minced (£0.25 / 12 bulbs) - £0.04
1 tbsp Oil  (£3.00 / 750 ml) - £0.06
1 tsp Hot Chilli Powder (£1.10 / 100 g) - £0.06
1 tsp Hot Paprika (£1.38 / 34 g) - £0.20
1 tsp Cumin powder (£0.57 / 41 g) - £0.07
2 Bovril Cubes (£0.92 per 12) 0 £0.15
210 g white Basmati rice (approximate) (£1.78 per kg) - £0.37
A Dash of Hendersons relish (£1.57 /284 ml) - £0.08 (i based this on approx 15 ml)
Salt and Pepper

Total - £3.87
Total Per Portion - £1.29

The above are approximate prices as I found it difficult to cost some of the spices, but in the end I based a teaspoon of spice on 5g. But it's only meant to give a rough cost, this is also based on prices on Asda.com 17/07/13.


  1. Boil the kettle.
  2. Put the oil in the pan and start to soften the onions on a medium heat. When the onions have started to soften add the minced garlic.
  3. Add the Turkey mince to the pan and cook until it has been browned off or cooked through. Add the spices and crumble in the stock cubes and add the Henderson's relish and stir through. 
  4. Add the tomato purée, tomatoes and chilli beans, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 - 15 minutes.
  5. Add one cup (mine was about 210 g of uncooked Basmati rice) and 2 cups of the boiled kettle water to a pan, add a little salt and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down to low and cover with a pan lid. Cook for approximately 15 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed.
There are definitely ways that you could bring down the cost of this meal even further, for example using the smart price long grain rice at £0.40 for 1 kg instead of Basmati to name one, but this is what we prefer to use.

I like this meal as it is low cost and is easier on the calories that beef chilli.

I may make Turkey burgers with the remaining mince meat, otherwise please feel free to leave your suggestions

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