Pumpkin Chili Con Carne With Mini Jacket Potatoes And Watercress Crème Fraîche

Recipe courtesy of Watercress.

Pumpkin Chili Con Carne with Mini Jacket Potatoes and Watercress Crème Fraîche.

How tasty!?

A classic dish, ideal for sharing round the fire while watching the Guy burn and the fireworks explode overhead – even better, the pumpkin bowl cuts down on the washing up!

How To Make Pumpkin Chili Con Carne with Mini Jacket Potatoes and Watercress Crème Fraîche:

Serves 4

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour


  • 500g ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, de-seeded and diced
  • 1 tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tin tomato juice
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 small pumpkin or butternut squash
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tbsp dark brown soft sugar
  • 1 tsp yeast extract
  • 1 tub crème fraîche
  • 30g watercress, finely chopped.
  • 700g baby potatoes
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Peel and halve the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds. Dice half of the pumpkin into 1cm cubes and reserve. Chop the remaining pumpkin into large chunks, place in an oven tray, drizzle with oil and season. Roast in the oven for approximately 25 minutes or until cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile, place a large pot on a medium-high heat. Add half the oil and heat until beginning to smoke. Add the minced beef and fry until browned. Drain the beef onto some kitchen towel.
  3. Turn the heat down to medium. Add the beef back to the pan then add in the onion, diced pumpkin and pepper, cooking until onions are translucent. Stir in the tomato purée and cook for a further minute before adding the kidney beans, tomato juice and chopped tomatoes. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and simmer for one hour.
  4. Place the potatoes in an oven tray, drizzle with vegetable oil and season. Place in the oven and roast for 30-40 minutes, or until cooked through and crisp on the outside.
  5. Once the roasted pumpkin is cooked, remove from the oven and place into a blender. Add a ladleful of liquid from the chili and blend until smooth. Add to the simmering pot and stir through. Mix together the crème fraiche and watercress and add seasoning to taste.
  6. Divide the potatoes between four bowls. Add a ladleful of chilli and serve with a generous dollop of crème fraîche.

recipe c/o: Give yourself a hygge this Autumn and enjoy these delicious, heart-warming recipes. For these and other inspiring recipe ideas, visit Watercress. recipe photography credited: Lara Jane Thorpe.

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  1. Cheryl Tucker
    21st September 2017 / 10:23 pm

    Well this just looks to die for and I have to make it soon! Wowzer!Peace!Cherylhttp://www.northwestmountainliving.com

    • Clairejustine oxox
      27th September 2017 / 5:02 am

      Thanks for stopping by Cheryl 🙂

  2. Theresa Begin
    23rd September 2017 / 1:18 am

    This looks delicious! Can't wait to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing with us at the What to do Weekends party! Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance

    • Clairejustine oxox
      27th September 2017 / 5:02 am

      Thanks for hosting and stopping by 🙂

  3. Jelica - A Pretty Fix - Craft Blog
    23rd September 2017 / 8:21 pm

    Oh my! You got me just from that picture alone. My mouth is watering just looking at it. Thank you for sharing my next family favourite 😉

    • Clairejustine oxox
      27th September 2017 / 5:02 am

      Thanks for hosting 🙂

  4. Pam List
    25th September 2017 / 1:55 pm

    Looks yummy!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      27th September 2017 / 5:02 am

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Clairejustine oxox
      27th September 2017 / 5:03 am

      Thanks Jess, sharing now 🙂

  5. Sandra Lee
    26th September 2017 / 11:06 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous presentation and I am looking forward to trying this. Pinned!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      27th September 2017 / 5:04 am

      Thanks for the comment Sandra 🙂

  6. April J Harris
    29th September 2017 / 3:47 pm

    This chili recipe looks absolutely delicious, Claire, and I love the presentation. The mini jacket potatoes look like real comfort food too. Sharing around, including on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page. Thank you so much for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      29th September 2017 / 9:14 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and the comment April. It is a guest post. Isn't it great 🙂

  7. Miz Helen
    2nd October 2017 / 8:34 pm

    I love the addition of the pumpkin to the Chili, it will be great! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!Miz Helen

    • Clairejustine oxox
      3rd October 2017 / 5:11 am

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  8. Love from Munchkintime.com
    2nd October 2017 / 10:16 pm

    Wow this chili looks amazing, it is making me drool!!! Pinning for later, thank you for sharing!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      3rd October 2017 / 5:12 am

      Thanks for the pin 🙂

  9. Kristin Lenz
    11th October 2017 / 5:10 pm

    Congratulations on your feature on Share Your Style! Just finished pinning this inspiring and beautiful meal!! Thanks so much! ~ Kristin http://www.whitearrowshome.com

  10. The Lazy Gastronome & Pleasures of the NW
    2nd December 2017 / 4:50 pm

    Oh wow!! This looks incredible! Pinning! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party!

  11. indah nuria Savitri
    4th December 2017 / 1:56 pm

    It looks amazing, Claire..I'm a big fan of pumpkin and this looks beautiful as well..

  12. Karren Haller
    5th December 2017 / 3:42 pm

    Congratulations your recipe is being featured this week on Oh My Heartsie Girls WW!! Pinned!Thanks for sharing last week and hope you will join us again!!Have a great day, Happy Holidays!!

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