When the evenings start to get darker and chillier, what could be better than a big pot of Beef and Pumpkin Chilli cooking away in the slow cooker all day, ready for a quick and easy meal come dinner time? (Serves 6-8 depending on appetite.)
Course Chilli, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 2hours
Total Time 2hours10minutes
Author Eb Gargano
2onionsred or white, diced
1kgbeef mince or stewing beefdiced
6clovesgarliccrushed or grated
1teaspoonchilli flakesor to taste
2 x 400gtins chopped tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
400gpumpkin or butternut squashcut into bite sized chunks
2red pepperscut into bite sized chunks
2 x 400gtins black beansdrained
Rice tortilla chips or soft tortillas to serve
Guacamole and salsa or finely diced onion, tomatoes and avocado to serve
If using the oven, preheat to 160C / 140C fan / gas mark 3 / 325F.
Place the olive oil and onions in a large pan and fry over a gentle heat for 5 minutes until softened but not brown. Turn the heat up and add the beef. Fry for 3 minutes or until the beef and onions are browned.
Lower the heat again and add the garlic, chilli and spices. Cook for 2 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper and bring to the boil.
Oven: Transfer the chilli to a lidded ovenproof dish and cook for 1-2 hours. Remove from the oven, add the pumpkin, red pepper and black beans and cook for a further 1 hour or until the pumpkin is soft and the beef is tender.
Slow Cooker on high: Add the pumpkin and bring back to the boil. Transfer the chilli to your slow cooker and cook for 4-5 hours. Add the red pepper and black beans and cook for a further 1 hour or until the pumpkin is soft and the beef is tender.
Slow Cooker on low: Add the pumpkin and bring back to the boil. Transfer the chilli to your slow cooker and cook for 6-8 hours. Add the red pepper and black beans and cook for a further 2 hours or until the pumpkin is soft and the beef is tender.
I have deliberately kept the timings a little flexible so you can fit this into your life. Meals like this are really very flexible and can take a little extra cooking if need be. Choose whichever time best fits into your lifestyle.If you can’t be home when the vegetables need to go into the slow cooker simply put them in from the start. They will lose their texture a little but will otherwise be fine. You may even prefer it this way, if you are not keen on vegetables!Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.