Enchilada Chickpea & Squash Bake

Enchilada Chickpea & Squash Bake

It’s Halloween this week and there are pumpkins and squash everywhere, but how many of you are planning to eat them?  Here’s a delicious recipe for putting that delicious vegetable to work!

Ingredients for 2 servings

500g squash flesh, baked weight
400g chickpeas, tinned
80g onions, sliced
80g celery, sliced
100g peppers, sliced
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 chilli, sliced, seeds or no seeds up to you!
1 tbsp olive oil
spray oil
400g passata
100ml water
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 garlic clove, chopped or crushed
50g spinach
10g fresh coriander
6 pickled jalepeno slices
70g cheddar cheese, grated
salt and pepper

(Example ingredient amounts given, adjust accordingly to your requirements)


  • Pre-heat your oven to 190°C fan/400°F .
  • Cut the squash or pumpkin in half, scrape out the seeds, spritz with the spray oil before placing on a baking tray.
  • Bake the squash or pumpkin until the flesh is tender.  For me this took approximately 45 minutes.
  • When the squash or pumpkin is ready, carefully remove it from the oven and using a spoon, scrape out the soft flesh being careful not to damage the outer skin as we are going to use this.
  • Place a large frying pan onto the heat and add the oil, sliced onion, sliced peppers, sliced celery garlic and chilli.
  • When they have softened, add the drained chickpea along with the smoked paprika and stir fry for a minute before adding the cooked squash/pumpkin flesh, passata, ketchup and water.
  • Give everything a good stir and leave it to simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Season it to taste and let it simmer until it’s lovely and thick in texture – this should only take another few minutes.
  • Add the spinach to the pan and stir it in to wilt it before tearing and adding the coriander.
  • Carefully spoon the mixture into the baked squash/pumpkin skins, top with cheese and bake until golden brown.
  • Serve with the jalapeño slices and enjoy!


  • To make this vegan/plant based, swap the cheese and ketchup for suitable alternatives.
  • Kidney beans would be a great alternative to chickpeas!
Nella Foulds
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