Butternut squash with spicy chilli

Butternut squash with spicy chilli

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(14 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 4
A substantial supper that makes the most of seasonal squash

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal318
  • fat10g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs37g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre9g
  • protein23g
  • salt0.92g
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  • 2 small butternut squash, halved lengthways and seeds scraped out
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 250g lean beef mince



    The classic cut of meat for a British Sunday roast, beef is full of flavour, as well as being a…

  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 410g can kidney bean, drained and rinsed
  • half 20g bunch coriander, leaves chopped
  • 50g spinach leaves



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Rub the squash with a little oil, then roast them on a baking tray for 45 mins until soft.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large frying pan, then fry the onion for a few mins until soft. Stir in the chilli and cumin, fry for 1 min more, then add the mince, browning for 3-4 mins. Stir in the purée and beans with a splash of water and season. Warm through and keep warm. Or cool, freeze for up to 1 month, then defrost and reheat.

  3. Scoop a little of the soft squash flesh out to make a hollow, then stir this into the chilli with half the coriander. Fill the cavity of each squash with a quarter of the mix, then scatter with the remaining coriander. Dress the spinach with a drop more olive oil, season and serve alongside the squash.

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Comments (15)

shlush's picture

This has become a regular meal in our household.
The contrast between the sweetness of the butternut squash and the spicy chilli is perfect.
I used quorn mince instead of beef and it was really tasty.

shlush's picture

My Husband didn't sound impressed when I said we were having butternut squash for dinner, but he soon changed his mind as soon as he tasted it!
A couple alterations I made: I used Quorn mince, chilli powder and added some peppers for colour.
Might have been really nice topped with a bit of grated cheese too.
Will definitely make it again as it was so cheap and easy to make and was very tasty!

tellybwmbas's picture

Had made a big spaghetti bolognese batch..Delia's authentic recipe...brilliant.....so used the mix to fill the suash..and grated parmesan on top, and served with salad...superb!!!

sharondick73's picture

Hey jayprime - I always do them cut side up

jayprime's picture

Can I ask everone a question?
When cooking the Butternut squash, should they be done cut side up, or cut side down?
Would they tend to dry out if cut side up?
Or drain out if cut side down?

lizzieharvey's picture

SOOOO easy and delicious. Made the rather significant change of using a marrow as my squash aren't ready to harvest yet and it was fabulous. Grated some parmesan on top and loved it so much, I made EXACTLY the same the next day. Plus - very little washing up!!!

eleanormayo's picture

This was really good, although I did pep up my chilli a bit with some extra tomatoes, boullion poweder and tabasco. Definitely one to be repeated!

melanieday's picture

This recipie was really filling and very tasty !

laevans's picture

This was delicious. Added spinach to mince mix (as above) and also forgot to deseed chillies so was a bit more spicy than expected!

cheryl654's picture

Lurved this! Really easy and the sweetness of the butternut contrasted well with the chilli.

honorjohn's picture

Chilli and butternut yum !
Try baking some sweet potatos in the oven and serve with the chilli..

Frantic Flapjack's picture

This was lovely. The baked squash was sweet and gorgeous. Used quorn mince and stirred the spinach into the mince mixture to cook a little. Served with some boiled rice. Everyone loved it!

krissyb's picture

i'm not really a big fan of squash but this recipie was quite tasty and the chilli tasted good with the squash. Still not a massive squash fan though, hence the four stars

hopeth's picture

I'm a real fan of butternut squash, and my mum's a real fan of chilli - so this seemed the perfect combo!
it was delicious, I used quorn mince and since the recipe was so tastey mum didn't even notice! I added a bit of hot chilli powder and only used one chilli, i think that really boosted the flavour. was really nice with a simple spinach salad.

cerrynn1's picture

I made this using lamb instead of beef mince, omitting the kidney beans and changing to curry style seasonings (ground cumin, fenugreek, a sprinkling of garam masala). It turned out very nicely.

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