Slow Cooker Beef, Bean & Pumpkin Chilli Con Carne

Whenever I cook chilli con carne, I tend to do it on the hob, using a packet mix. I thought it’s high time I cooked it completely from scratch, and did so for my Halloween family get together at the weekend. I also used the slow cooker to prepare it low and slow and I have to say, I was rather pleased with the end result!

Slow Cooker Beef Bean and Pumpkin Chilli Con Carne


I started by cooking off onions, garlic and bell pepper (I used small ones and a mixture of colours) in a pan, before browning off the mince and adding spices. That then got transferred to the slow cooker with 3 kinds of beans, tinned tomatoes, beef stock and pumpkin. I cooked it on low for about 7 hours, and the flavour was so good! Another winner with my crowd!

Slow Cooker Beef, Bean & Pumpkin Chilli Con Carne

Slow Cooker Beef, Bean & Pumpkin Chilli Con Carne

Serves 10-12

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 medium white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 red, yellow or orange bell pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 kg beef mince
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tsps salt
  • 6 heaped tsps mild chilli powder
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 x 400g can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 x 400g can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 x 400g can gungo peas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 300g fresh pumpkin, shredded
  • 450ml beef stock

To serve (optional!)

  • rice
  • tortilla chips
  • sour cream
  • grated cheese
  • salsa fresca
  • guacamole
  • diced red onion
  • sliced jalapeño peppers

Method

  1. Switch your slow cooker onto high.
  2. Add the oil to a large pan and gently fry the onions, garlic and bell pepper for a few minutes.
  3. Add the beef mince and cook until browned.
  4. Stir in the tomato purée, salt and the herbs and spices.
  5. Pour this mixture into the slow cooker and add the beans, chopped tomatoes, fresh pumpkin and beef stock.
  6. Turn your slow cooker down to low and cook for 7 – 8 hours.
  7. Serve with your choice of rice or tortilla chips and topped with any of the suggested toppings.

Slow Cooker Beef Bean and Pumpkin Chilli Con Carne

This recipe is definitely a keeper for me! I loved that apart from “work” of browning off the mince, I could just throw it all into the slow cooker and forget about it all day long. I used the particular beans in this recipe as there was a special offer in the supermarket for 3 for the price of 2, so that’s what I picked up – use any combo of beans you like!