Chilli Bean 'Mash Up'

Sometimes fusion can be a beautiful thing.This vegetarian recipe can easily be made vegan with the use of dairy free spread and vegan cheese.


Take two dinnertime staples, our Chilli recipe and a Sheperds Pie. Slam them together and you have a fantastic crowd-pleasing meal. Make it smokin' hot with our Hot Chilli Mix, or a more gentle heat with the Mild Chilli Mix available here

Use our recipe below for a Veggie version or make a more traditional mince chilli. Either way.... this works!

This is less of a prescriptive recipe than suggested ingredients that work really well. Use up what you have available. The general rule is, add the root vegetables first and softer vegetables later.

Ingredients; Serves 4-6

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp Bite Me Spices Hot or Mild Chilli Mix
  • 250g butternut squash, chunks about 2cm
  • 1 large carrot, cut into chunks
  • 1 red pepper, cut into diamond shapes
  • 1 tin (400g) mixed beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 tin (400g) kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 tin (400g) tinned tomatoes
  • 5 florets of tenderstem broccoli, chopped into large chunks
  • 750ml vegetable stock
  • Mashed potatoes with lashings of butter to cover dish
  • 75g cheddar cheese, grated.


  • Add vegetable oil to a large frying pan and place on a medium heat. When the oil is hot add the chopped onion and stir occasionally for about 5 minutes until the onions start to soften.
  • Add the crushed garlic and continue to stir for another 2 minutes. Add the carrot and squash chunks and the chilli mix and stir.
  • Add the tinned beans, tinned tomatoes and stock to the pan, stir and simmer on a low heat with a lid on for about 15 minutes.
  • Add the softer vegetables, in our recipe, just the peppers. Stir and simmer again with a lid on for 15 minutes. Season to taste.
  • Remove from the heat and transfer to a large oven-proof dish. Leave to cool while you make a buttery mash.
  • Cover the bean mix in a layer of mashed potato. Scruff up the potato with a fork and sprinkle over with the grated cheese.
  • Cook in a 180 degree oven for approximately 40 minutes or until the top is golden and bubbling with cheese.
  • Enjoy!

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