Squash And Black Bean Chilli…

Squash and black bean chilli.

serves 4

Either stuff a whole squash with the chilli, or dice and roast the squash and add it to the chilli. The latter opens up a whole variety of serving suggestions: eat it with rice or in a baked potato; top it with a dollop of soured cream, some spicy tomato salsa or some guacamole; stuff it in a taco with some grated cheese; or spread it over a tortilla. If you are stuffing the squash you will need to use one that is a suitable size and will hold its shape when cooked, such as onion squash.

You will need:

  • 1 medium butternut, large onion or smallish crown prince squash
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for roasting
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1–2 tsp crushed chipotle chillies (if you can’t source them, substitute another fresh or dried red chilli)
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram or handful of fresh oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 x 400g cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • juice of 1 lime (approx. 2 tbsp)
  • small bunch of coriander, finely chopped
  • salt and black pepper
  • grated cheese and/or soured cream, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4. If stuffing a whole squash, cut it in half, scoop out the seeds and pulp, and stuff each half; or roasting in chunks. 
  2. Heat the oil in a large heavy pan over a medium–high heat. Add the onion and celery. Reduce the heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes until soft. Add the peppers and continue cooking for a further 10 minutes or so, stirring frequently.
  3. Stir in the garlic, and cook for another minute. Add the chilli, 1–2 teaspoons of salt, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, the herbs and cumin. 
  4. Give everything a good mix then add the tomatoes. Simmer, uncovered, for about 30 minutes. Stir in the beans and continue to simmer for a further 10 minutes. 
  5. Remove the bay leaves, stir in the lime juice and coriander and adjust the seasoning to taste. If using roast squash, add it now, heat through, and then serve. If stuffing a whole squash, fill each roasted squash half with the filling mixture. 
  6. Top with grated cheese or soured cream (or both), if you like.

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  1. Tamar SB
    25th September 2016 / 1:16 pm

    Oh I love this! Totally making!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      27th September 2016 / 9:06 pm

      Thanks Tamar 🙂

  2. Coffeeandbubbles
    27th September 2016 / 11:24 am

    Great pictures and this sounds so tasty! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      27th September 2016 / 9:07 pm

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. pinkoddy
    27th September 2016 / 11:42 am

    Looks and sounds amazing thank you

    • Clairejustine oxox
      27th September 2016 / 9:09 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Joy 🙂

  4. Dean B
    27th September 2016 / 1:02 pm

    I just bought squash to make into soup the last time we shopped. I must say, I'm really enjoying your recipes. This is one to try! 🙂

    • Clairejustine oxox
      27th September 2016 / 9:15 pm

      Thanks Dean 🙂

  5. Mumdadplus4
    27th September 2016 / 4:08 pm

    Oh my this looks and sounds amazing I am adding this to shopping list for next weeks meals

    • Clairejustine oxox
      27th September 2016 / 9:16 pm

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  6. Laura Dove
    27th September 2016 / 5:06 pm

    Oh WOW this looks amazing!! We love chilli here and always put butternut squash in it, I just never thought to serve it in there too! Def going to try this, thank you so much for sharing!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      28th September 2016 / 11:11 am

      Thanks for the lovely comment Laura 🙂

  7. Jemma
    27th September 2016 / 6:36 pm

    Looks yummy! Definitely going to try, never thought of combining the two!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      28th September 2016 / 11:12 am

      Thanks for stopping by Jemma 🙂

  8. Evelina
    27th September 2016 / 8:11 pm

    This looks divine! I am trying to eat less meat but I am struggling finding good vegetarian recipes. Your one is the winner! Definitely going to try it myself.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      28th September 2016 / 11:13 am

      Thanks Evelina 🙂

  9. ana de jesus
    27th September 2016 / 10:31 pm

    This is a perfect idea! I love squash and black bean chili would make it the ultimate autumn comforter!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      28th September 2016 / 11:13 am

      Thanks Ana 🙂

  10. Kara Guppy
    28th September 2016 / 4:38 am

    Looks like the perfect winter warmer, need to give it a try

    • Clairejustine oxox
      28th September 2016 / 11:19 am

      Thanks Kara 🙂

  11. Stella Olojola
    28th September 2016 / 8:50 am

    Wow. This looks yummy. I wish I could make this.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      28th September 2016 / 11:21 am

      Thanks for stopping by Stella 🙂

  12. beautyqueenuk
    28th September 2016 / 6:33 pm

    I totally love this idea and I adore squash in all forms, I guess you could also use vegetables like Aubergine as well for the same effect x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      28th September 2016 / 7:17 pm

      Whoo sounds yummy too 🙂 Thanks for stopping by ..

  13. Anna Maria
    28th September 2016 / 8:48 pm

    What an amazing idea, i love squash and black beans i bet taste delish.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      30th September 2016 / 9:47 am

      Thanks for stopping by Anna 🙂

  14. Laura Hartley
    30th September 2016 / 7:17 pm

    I've never cooked squash before! I love recipes like this (squashed peppers etc.) so I should try out this variation!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      1st October 2016 / 3:31 pm

      Thanks for the comment Laura 🙂

  15. kerry norris
    30th September 2016 / 7:33 pm

    Oooh this looks lovely. I'm on a health kick at the moment so I'd be able to eat this. I love squash x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      1st October 2016 / 3:31 pm

      Thanks Kerry 🙂

  16. Anonymous
    2nd October 2016 / 4:47 pm

    This looks so Tasty!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      3rd October 2016 / 9:20 am

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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