Vegetarian chilli in a bowl with chipotle and butternut squash, avocado and lime

Vegan Chilli

A simple and delicious Vegan Chilli recipe. Perfect for vegetarians and meat eaters alike, this it hearty and full of flavour.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Family Food, vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 392 kcal
Author Sarah Barnes


  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Onion Peeled and finely chopped (see Note 1)
  • 3 Carrots Peeled and finely chopped (see Note 1)
  • 3 Sticks celery Trimmed and finely chopped (see Note 1)
  • 3 Cloves Garlic Peeled and crushed
  • 90 g Chipotle paste
  • 2 tsp Ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 700 g Butternut squash See note 2.
  • 800 g Tinned tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Tomato puree
  • 800 g Essential Waitrose Mixed Bean Salad See note 3.
  • 300 ml Vegetable stock
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Limes

To serve:

  • Limes, coriander or mint and avocado, wedges, tortilla chips or rice


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pan and add the onions, carrots, celery and garlic and cook until starting to look translucent. (About 10 minutes). Stir to prevent them sticking.

  2. Add the chipotle paste, ground cumin, brown sugar and cook for a further 10 minutes until everything is golden and fragrant.

  3. Add in the butternut squash, tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, mixed beans,stock and salt and pepper. Stir well, pop a lid on and cook for about 40 minutes until the butternut squash is soft.

  4. Using a hand blender, blend SOME of the mixture to thicken the sauce. Add in the juice of 2 limes and stir well before serving.

Recipe Notes

Note 1 - Soffritto Mixture - This is one of my FAVOURITE shortcuts. I use this in place of onion, carrot and celery. Pre chopped and available in the freezer at Waitrose & Partners. Of course you can use the individual veggies and chop them yourself if you prefer.

Note 2 - Butternut Squash - I actually used this mix of pre prepared Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato as it's SO easy to use and tasty. You can use peeled and chopped regular fresh squash and/or sweet potato if you prefer.

Note 3 - Waitrose essential Mixed Bean Salad - This tinned bean mix is so easy to use, with lots of yummy beans already mixed and ready to use. If you prefer, you can use a couple of cans of different beans.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Chilli
Amount Per Serving
Calories 392 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 687mg30%
Potassium 1896mg54%
Carbohydrates 77g26%
Fiber 17g71%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 17946IU359%
Vitamin C 50mg61%
Calcium 191mg19%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.