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1-Pot Squash And Kale Chilli

A perfect dish for a cold Autumnal evening. This smoky and flavourful 1-Pot chilli is a fan favourite in my household. Not only is it incredibly tasty but it’s awesome for batch cooking. I normally double up the portion at the beginning of the week and overload my fridge with delicious chilli for easy mid week feasts.

The secret to this chilli is half blending the chilli to finish off the dish. Doing this gives you a much thicker and sumptuous texture. It also improves the flavour of the chilli. All the blended black beans, squash and spices fuse to make a wonderful plant-based mess, comfort food at it’s best.

I like to serve this vegan chilli with baked potatoes and some shredded vegan cheese. I load up a plate with a potato drizzle over the chilli and top with cheese. Depending on what I have in the fridge I’ll normally sprinkle some jalapenos, coriander and chopped spring onions over the top just to go crazy!

When To Eat

Squashes are split into two categories – summer and winter. This dish is designed to utilise both seasons, but I find it works best in Autumn months. From September to December you’ll find copious amounts of winter squashes around. Each has its own different look and flavour profile. Why not experiment with a few and learn to love which is your favourite squash variety!

1-Pot Squash And Kale Chilli

Smoky and flavourful 1-Pot chilli. This chilli is incredible. It's the perfect recipe for cold nights when you want something hearty and warm.
4.91 from 11 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Course Main Course

This meal is around 85% less polluting than the average UK meal.

Eating this recipe will save around 2.50 KG CO2e per person.

That’s equivalent to the emissions produced driving 20.67 KM in a modern car.

How do I calculate this?


  • 2 Medium Onions (loosely chopped)
  • 2 Medium Carrots (peeled and loosely chopped)
  • 6 Cloves Garlic (peeled and loosely chopped)
  • 2 Medium Red Peppers (loosely chopped)
  • 50 g Ginger (peeled and loosely chopped)
  • 800 g Squash or Pumpkin (peeled and cubed into 2 1/2 cm (1 inch) pieces)
  • 100 g Cavolo Nero Cabbage or Curly Kale (de-stemmed and thickly sliced)
  • 1 Medium Lime
  • 1 (400g) Can Coconut Milk
  • 1 (400g) Can Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 (400g) Cans Black Beans (drained)
  • 2 Teaspoons Chipotle Paste
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (add more if you want it spicer)
  • 2 Teaspoon Chocolate Powder
  • 2 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil


  • Add the chopped, onion, garlic, carrots, peppers, and ginger to a food processor and whizz until the vegetables are very fine, but not quite a paste.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan over a medium heat and toss in the blended vegetables. Cook for about 3-4 minutes or until the vegetables begin to soften.
  • Add the chipotle paste, cayenne pepper, chocolate powder, cumin and smoked paprika to the cooking vegetables. Stir to combine.
  • Pour the coconut milk, chopped tomatoes, black beans and chopped squash into the pan. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, at this point the squash should be nice and soft. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Using a stick blender (or normal blender) blend roughly half of the chilli mixture until smooth. Stir the chopped kale into the hot chilli until it has wilted. Squeeze the juice of the lime into the chilli and season to taste.
  • Serve the chilli with a little chopped coriander or spring onions. You can stir in a little coconut or almond yoghurt to calm the heat and make the chilli a little smoother.

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December 14, 2022 at 6:26 pm

I’ve been coming back to your site regularly to follow your swede and lentil spicy soup recipe, which is SO easy and SO tasty. It only occurred to me today to check out your other recipes. I think you’ve saved us from ‘what shall we make tonight?’ fatigue forever! About to try this chilli first. Thank you!!!


    February 2, 2023 at 2:26 pm

    Amazing Brogen, you’re too kind!