Rich and packed with amazing earthy, sweet and spicy flavours, this beetroot chutney is perfect with everything from roasts to curries, burgers to BBQ. Plus it’s perfect with a cheeseboard and Ploughman’s Lunch too.
Why you’ll love this chutney recipe
- This beetroot chutney is super easy to make, even if you have never tried preserving before.
- The flavour – my beet chuutney is sweet and sour and a wee bit spicy too, its a feast in a jar.
- Versatility – this is a chutney that goes with all sorts of dishes from a curry to a cheese toastie. You can serve it with roasts, with burgers and even add a little water to make it into a super easy salsa type dip!
If you have beetroot/beets growing in your garden then this beetroot chutney is a great way of using them. You can of course buy fresh beetroot in the supermarket.
If you see some on offer then have a go at this super easy chutney. I’m sure you’ll love it.
What is beetroot?
Beetroot (Beta vulgaris) are a root vegetable that go by other names too. In the USA and Canada they are known as beets. Beetroot is also sometimes known as dinner beet, table beet and red beet.
They come in different colours too, not just the standard red beetroot. You can get golden beetroot and even a pretty stripey beetroon with red and white rings inside.
Beetroot is good for you and packed with vitamins and minerals. Just check out this beetroot nutrition and info page for loads of amazing information on this great veggie.
We had a pretty decent crop of beetroot this year in the garden. Some things were an unmitigated disaster (let’s not even mention the carrots!) but the beets were good.
I’ve pickled them and roasted them and enjoyed them in everything from soup to salads. Now it’s time to turn them into beetroot chutney.
The complete list of ingredients and full instructions for making this recipe can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Ingredients for beetroot chutney
onions and garlic
cinnamon, ginger, chilli and salt
How to make beetroot chutney
Wearing plastic gloves (a must or you will look like you have garotted a pig in the kitchen!) peel the beetroot and chop into pieces about 1cm in size
Grate the zest from the oranges and chop the flesh (discard the bitter white pith) and peel and chop the apples too
Chop the onions and mince the garlic
Chuck everything into a nice big pan and heat gently till the sugar has completely dissolved. Now simmer for about an hour till all the fruit is soft and your beetroot chutney has come together in a jammy consistancy.
Use a potato masher to break it all down if you wish. Remove the cinnamon stick and bay leaf.
Ladle into sterilised jars.
How do you know when chutney is ready?
When you drag a wooden spoon through the chutney and it leaves a clear trail on the bottom of the pan your chutney is done.
How long will this beetroot chutney keep?
This chutney will keep for 6 months or more in a cool dark place. Once opened store it in the fridge and use up within a month.
Please Note – We do not usually do water bath or other canning methods here in the UK. Our preserves keep perfectly well without this.
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Like all my chutney recipes this beet chutney is really easy to make.
Far easier than jam really. Afterall, you don’t have to keep checking for that elusive setting point. Chutney is ready when that spoon leaves a clear trail on the bottom of the pan.
Oh how I love simplicity on cooking, preserving and everything else in life!
How to serve this spiced beet chutney
I love this beetroot/beet chutney with simple salads like chicken.
On burgers and with anything from the BBQ.
Loosen it a little with water and serve this beetroot chutney as a salsa like dip with crisps/chips of veggies.
Serve this beet chutney with a cheeseboard or on top of a toasted cheese sandwich.
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Best Beetroot Chutney
- 1 kg beetroot
- 2 oranges
- 500 ml apple cider vinegar
- 400 g brown sugar
- 3 onions finely chopped
- 3 apples peeled and chopped
- 2 garlic garlic cloves crushed
- 1 tbsp salt
- 4 cloves
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 2 chillis chopped
- Peel and chop them into small cubes about 1cm in size.
- Grate the zest off the orange and then take off the white pith and slice into the segments so you get the flesh without any of the membrane. Reserve any juice you can.
- Put all of the ingredients into a pan and heat slowly to dissolve sugar. Raise heat to boiling then lower to a simmer and cook for approximately an hour until all fruit is soft. Use a potato masher to break it down
- Remove bay leaf and cinnamon stick
- Spoon into sterilised jars and pop on the lids.
- Once opened it will keep for up to a month in the fridge