Butternut Squash Beef Chili

Butternut Squash Beef Chili

Fall + Winter
Serves 6-8

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes

Soups and stews are an easily digestible meal to enjoy for lunch or dinner. Packing a thermos of chili to take to work is a great way to ensure you’re getting adequate protein and fiber to keep you fueled in your day. The squash adds a nice creamy component to the dish, and incorporates more veggies into your chili.

Nutritional Powerhouse: Squash is a good source of vitamin A, C, and B vitamins. They’re high in antioxidants and rich in minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and manganese. And, of course, as whole plant foods, they’re also rich in fiber and water, making them both hydrating and good for the gut.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • ½ cup diced carrot
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • 2 cups ½ inch cubed butternut squash
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 cup broth of choice
  • 1 (14.5) oz can black beans, drained
  • 1 (14.5) oz can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (14.5) oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes with juice
  • ½ cup frozen corn kernels
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice


  1. Heat a large pot or dutch oven.
  2. Add the meat, salt and a ½ cup of water and turn down to low heat. As the meat cooks, use a wooden spoon or spatula to stir and break up the pieces.
  3. When done, drain off the liquid and set the meat aside. Return the pot back to the stove and heat the oil.
  4. Add onions, carrot, celery, squash and bell pepper and saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add spices and garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add remaining ingredients except cilantro and lime juice and stir to combine.
  6. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  7. Add the meat back in and cook for 1hr uncovered, stirring every 15-20 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

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