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Slow-cooker pumpkin and beef brisket chilli recipe

Slow-cooker pumpkin and beef brisket chilli recipe

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Don't just feed a crowd, please a crowd with this deliciously warming slow-cooker chilli, made with budget-friendly beef brisket. Aromatic spices give this dish a lovely depth of flavour and what's more, it's freezable, so you can prep it in advance for stress-free entertaining or batch cook for speedy midweek meals. See method

  • Serves 8
  • 20 minutes to prepare and 9 hrs to cook
  • 394 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free


  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 600g pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and cut into 2.5cm pieces
  • 1kg beef brisket, string removed, patted dry with kitchen paper
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed​
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika​
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée​
  • 75ml balsamic vinegar
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 beef stock pot, made up to 500ml
  • 400g tin cannellini beans, drained​
  • rice, to serve (optional)
  • baked potato, to serve (optional)
  • grated mature Cheddar, to serve (optional)
  • 15g fresh coriander, leaves picked
If you don't have chopped tomatoes, chop up a tin of plum tomatoes instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    23g 33%
  • Saturates

    9g 45%
  • Sugars

    10g 11%
  • Salt

    0.7g 12%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 15.1g Protein 27.6g Fibre 4.6g


  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat and fry the pumpkin for 12-15 mins, tossing regularly, until browned. Tip into a bowl and set aside to cool; cover.
  2. Season the beef brisket all over and place in the frying pan, fat-side down, for 12 mins, turning occasionally, until browned all over. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium, add the remaining oil and fry the onions and pepper for 5 mins, stirring regularly to scrape up any beef fat, until golden and caramelised. Add the garlic, spices and tomato purée and cook for 2 mins. Pour in the vinegar and allow to mostly cook away for 1 min.
  4. Tip into a 3.5ltr slow-cooker with the tinned tomatoes and stock. Add the brisket; cover and cook on low for 7 hrs.
  5. Uncover the chilli and stir through the beans and pumpkin. Cover and cook for a further 1 hr 30 mins.
  6. Shred the beef with 2 forks; season to taste. Serve with rice or baked potatoes and grated cheese, if you like, and scatter with the coriander to serve.

Tip: No slow-cooker? Follow the recipe up to step 4, then add the tomatoes and stock and bring to a simmer. Transfer to a casserole dish, cover and bake at gas 2, 150°C, fan 130°C for 5 hrs. Stir, add the beans and pumpkin; cook for 1 hr.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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For top tips on protecting you and your family when preparing raw meat and poultry, visit Food Safety in the Home.

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