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Healthy Vegetarian Chilli

Chilli is a staple of many vegetarian diets but this recipe is also intended for meat eaters who are trying to get more veg into their diets. If you are thinking about taking a day or two off meat each week, this easy chilli may become a firm favourite.

If you enjoy this healthy chilli, make sure you check out the healthy eating presentation on my private Facebook group, Your Health is in Your Hands.

Serves 2-3


  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

  • 1 red onion, finely chopped

  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped

  • 1 red pepper, diced

  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped

  • 300g butternut squash, peeled and cubed 1 tsp chilli powder, 1tsp ground cumin

  • 400g can chopped tomatoes

  • 1 veg stock cube

  • 400g can mixed beans, rinsed

  • 400g green lentils, rinsed

  • Salt + pepper to taste

  • Bunch chopped coriander and diced avocado to serve (optional)


  1. In a large saucepan, gently sauté the onion, chilli pepper, red pepper and garlic in the coconut oil.

  2. Add the butternut squash and mix in the chilli powder and cumin.

  3. Stir in the tomatoes, then add the beans and lentils, followed by 200ml water and the stock cube.

  4. Leave to simmer for about 15 mins, or until the squash is tender.

  5. Serve with fresh coriander and sliced avocado

  6. Serve with rice or quinoa.

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