Butternut squash and brisket chilli recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: medium
Cost: cheap
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 1 hr 15 min
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  • If chilli con carne is a regular in your house then we think you should try this twist on a classic. If you’re using leftovers from your slow-cooked beef brisket then this is one of the quickest chillis you can make. Have it on the table in less than half-an-hour. By dry-frying the spices first of all you’re ensuring maximum chilli flavour for minimum effort. The butternut squash gives this chilli a sweet and silky texture. Containing two of your 5-a-day, it’s an old favourite that sneaks extra veg into your family’s diet.


    • 1tsp cumin seeds
    • 1tsp coriander seeds
    • 1tsp smoked paprika
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 red chilli, chopped
    • 500g slow-cooked beef brisket or mince
    • 1/2 large butternut squash, cubed
    • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
    • 1 tin kidney beans


    • Follow our recipe for slow-cooked beef brisket and then shred 500g of the meat. Set aside. Similarly fry 500g of beef mince until brown and set aside.

    • In a heavy-bottomed pan, dry fry the cumin and coriander seeds until you can smell them. Remove from the heat and grind with a teaspoon of salt in a pestle and mortar.

    • Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan and fry the onion and chilli until soft and then add the cumin, coriander and paprika, followed by the butternut squash. Cook for a few minutes stirring all the time.

    • Add the tomatoes and then half a tin of water. Season, cover the pan and cook over a low heat until the squash is tender.

    • Next add the brisket (or mince) and kidney beans and a little more water if needed. Heat through and then serve with brown rice, a dollop of natural yogurt and some fresh chilli.

    Top tip for making Butternut squash and brisket chilli

    Chilli improves with freezing so why not make a double batch of this recipe and freeze half for a very simple and super tasty dinner.

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