Squash, Lentil & Bean Chilli Recipe | Abel & Cole

Squash, Lentil & Bean Chilli

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Serves6 people

This comforting veggie chilli will fill your tummy and warm your soul. It’s brimming with a mix of beans, lentils and sweet minced butternut squash, all bubbled in a rich tomato sauce infused with the smoky spice of paprika and the dark tang of cocoa.

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  • 3 onions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 chilli
  • A handful of coriander
  • 400g tomatoes
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 400g tin of kidney beans
  • 400g tin of aduki beans
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 75g dried red lentils
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ltr boiling water

Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 50 mins

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1. Peel the onions and finely chop them. Peel the garlic cloves and crush or finely chop them. Halve the chilli, scraping out the membrane and seeds for less heat, and finely chop it. Separate the coriander stalks and leaves (save the leaves for later in the recipe). Finely chop the stalks. Roughly chop the tomatoes.
2. Top and tail the squash, then peel it. Slice in half lengthways and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Coarsely grate the flesh (if you have a food procesor, whizz it through the grater attachment to make this extra easy). Drain and rinse the beans.
3. Pour 1 tbsp oil into a large pan over a medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, chilli, coriander stalks and 1 tbsp each smoked paprika and ground cumin along with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Fry for 5 mins, stirring occasionally, till slightly softened.
4. Add the beans, squash and tomatoes. Cook for a further 5 mins.
5. Stir in 1 tbsp cocoa powder and the lentils. Crumble in the stock cube. Pour in 1 ltr boiling water. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat and cook gently for 40 mins, stirring occasionally.
6. Taste the chilli and add more salt and pepper if needed. Ladle into bowls and scatter over the coriander leaves.
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We found it to be very watery and needed a considerable amount of reducing. It was tasty when we eventually got there but I agree with the comment about the cinnamon stick. Am going to try it in the slow cooker next time and increase the volume of lentils.

Aunty Carol


I made this today was cautious as I am not overly keen on smoked paprika, i used the sweet smoked paprika and added organic cocoa which I have never added to a savoury dish. I added a red pepper finely diced and added two chillies. Will serve with some guacamole and brown rice. Looking forward to it. Already passed recipe on. xx



I love this recipe! Simple to make and very tasty. Good for large groups. I double the amount of lentils and serve with a side of organic basmati rice.



Tasty dish - I served it with rice. Probably should have weighed my lentils out - I estimated and don't think I had enough, and subsequently a little too much water. I forgot to order adzuki beans so tried my local supermarket last minute, but theirs apparently "may contain gluten" so had to leave them out as hubby has coeliac's. It was still lovely though. I think a cinnamon stick would do wonders for this recipe. I'll be adding one next time.