Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Chilli

Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Chilli

29 September 2016

Halloween is upon us! This mouthwatering Pumpkin Chilli recipe is the perfect way to bring the spooky season into your kitchen. Using a 6ltr Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker and some Sierra Leonean flavour, create a warming family meal quickly and easily. Be aware, scotch bonnet chilli is very hot; so it is worth starting with ¼ tsp of chopped scotch bonnet and adjusting it to your taste.
  • Recipe





Preperation Time

20 mins

Cooking Time

8 mins


800g minced beef

Olive oil

2 onions peeled and very finely chopped

3 tablespoons water

2 garlic cloves minced

Chopped scotch bonnet or other chilli to taste

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon chilli powder

2 teaspoons brown sugar (optional)

2 tablespoons tomato puree

425g pumpkin puree (1 tin)

400g chopped tomatoes (1 tin)

440g cooked black-eyed beans (2 tins drained weight)


650ml Maggi cube stock or beef stock (see note)


1Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the pressure cooker and add the mince in 2 batches and brown on all sides, approximately 4 mins for each batch. Remove the meat from the pot and set aside in a bowl

2Heat up 1 tablespoon of oil in the pressure cooker, add in the onion and water, stir to deglaze the pot if necessary and cook for 5 mins to soften the onion

3Add in the scotch bonnet and garlic and stir briefly before adding in the cooked minced. Then stir in the rest of the ingredients from the cinnamon to the stock and mix well

4Lock the lid, switch to the 12lb setting and bring the cooker up to pressure. Reduce the heat to maintain the pressure (making sure the visual pressure indicator is still up) and cook the chilli for 8 mins

5Then switch off the heat and release the steam. When the pressure is fully released, open the lid, stir the chilli and serve

6This pumpkin chilli goes well with rice or bread, and sliced radishes, spring onions and chopped coriander

7Note: Maggi is a stock cube used in Africa that you can buy from African shops or online. Dissolve one large Maggi cube in the 650mls of water to make the Maggi stock. If you cannot find an African produce store in your local area, use a beef stock cube as an alternative.