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Chilli with Dips – A Perfect Family Dinner

Chilli with Dips – A Perfect Family Dinner is a paid collaboration with McCoy’s Muchos Tortilla Snacks. We love a family meal that brings everyone to the table and my simple chilli with dips served with crips or chips (as folks over the pond call them) is one of those meals. It is a real hands-on family favourite.

There is something about dips that brings out the best of everyone. I think it is the communal nature of the food and I know that it certainly turns what could be a simple meal into a family feast.

tch cook this chilli and freeze half for when you are short for time. Serve with our fabulous dips and sides that you can make in advance for amazing family dinner.

So to celebrate the launch of McCoy’s Muchos which are a distinctive crescent-shaped folded tortilla crisp I knew that my chilli would be the perfect meal. Once you add to it our favourite dips then you have a really happy family.

Our chilli is super easy to make and also fabulous cooked in a slow cooker too. I always make double to serve with Jacket potatoes later in the week or freeze.

I created these recipes to be served with McCoy’s latest snack range, Muchos. There is a choice of three flavours that come in large sharing packs (180g). We really loved that they are quesadilla shaped tortilla chips with selected inclusions depending on what flavour you choose. My favourite flavour is the Smoky Chiil Chicken, which has a smoky taste and goes perfectly with all types of dips, Maxi prefered the Nacho Cheese and Mini The Cool Sour Cream and Onion.

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Family Friendly Chilli

A delicious chilli for all the family packed with goodness and taste. 

Course Main
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword family
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6


  • 250 g Lean Minced Meat
  • 1 Red onion Finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic Gloved Crushed
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Ground Corriander
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder Mild for families
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1 carton passata
  • 1 tin Mixed beans drained
  • 1 tin Sweetcorn drained


  1. Fry off the minced beef onion and garlic in a pan for 5 minutes – stirring to break up any clumps. 

  2. Add the spices and cook for a further two minutes

  3. Add in the tomato puree and passata and cook on a slow heat for 20 minutes

  4. Finally, add in the sweetcorn and beans and cook for a further ten minutes

One of Mini’s favorite sides is guacamole. He would eat it straight! I had to make double the amount so he could have a bowl straight away!

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Family Friendly Classic Guacamole

The secret to delicious guacamole is to mash up the chilli to paste before adding the rest. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican


  • Half Red Onion Finley chopped
  • 1 Green Chilli Deseeded for fam ilies
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 advocardos Ripe
  • 1 Lime Juice only
  • handful Coriander leaves chopped


  1. Put a quarter of the onions and the chilli and salt into a pestle and mortar and mash to a paste. 

  2. Scoop out your avocado and mash the flesh with a fork adding lime juice as you go.

  3. Combine with the rest of the ingredients and season with freshly ground black pepper. 

Family Friendly Guacamole - This quick and easy kid-friendly guacamole recipe is mild & delicious with no hot chillies!

The huband really doesn’t like anything with uncooked tomato in. A throwback from his childhood, so that is where this side originated from. Now my favorite cheat is to use jarred peppers.

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Red Pepper Chipotle Salsa

This is perfect for my tomato averse husband. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican


  • 2 Red peppers
  • 1/4 tin Sweet Corn
  • 1 Tomatoe
  • 1/2 Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp Chipottle paste
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika


  1. Heat grill to high. Put peppers onto a baking sheet, skin-side up, grill until skins are black, then put into a bowl and cover. Leave until cool, then peel skins away. Alternatively, you can use antipasti peppers drained from their oil.  

  2. Scoop out and discard tomato seeds. Put tomatoes into a food processor with lime juice, paprika and chipotle paste. Add peppers, then pulse until your desired texture. 

  3. Add the sweetcorn and serve 

Red Pepper Chipotle Salsa is a tasty alternative to tomato salsa and is vegan and delicious.

Next up we have my simple salsa recipe, although I love the sound of this Mango and Lime Salsa. .

I know that it seems such a lot of work for this meal, but trust me the dips can all be made in advance. In fact, they are all better made in advance as the flavours really develop and the chilli can be made in the slow cooker. If you are looking for what to serve with chilli check this out.

Make this fresh tomato salsa in five minutes. Make in advance and let the flavours develop. It is the perfect tip for tortilla chips.
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Fresh Tomato Salsa

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean


  • 6 tomatoes Deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 Red Onion Finley Chopped
  • 1 Garlic Clove Finley chopped
  • 1/2 Lime Juice Only
  • habndful Fresh Corriander leaves Chopped


  1. Combine the tomatoes, red onion, garlic, lime juice and coriander in a bowl. 

I love making this meal for our Saturday or Sunday evening dinner. I can prepare the sides and the chilli early in the day. Pop the chilli in the slow cooker and then it is all ready for later in the day when we are all home.

I wonder if it is the fact that a meal like this gets people using their hands that means that it is a fun and lively evening meal.

We have also become real fans of Muchos and next on my list to make for Chilli night is Lavender and Lovage’s Hot Cheese & Pimento Dip which looks amazing.

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