Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili
Jackie Newgent


  • 2 Teaspoons  unrefined peanut or avocado oil
  • medium-sized red onion, diced
  • large green bell pepper, chopped finely
  • small jalapeño, minced
  • large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 Cup  low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 Teaspoons  red-wine vinegar or lime juice
  •   One 15-ounce can crushed roasted tomatoes
  • 2 Cups  finely diced butternut squash
  • 2 Teaspoons  chili powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon, or to taste
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  sea salt, or to taste
  •   Two 15-ounce cans black beans, preferably organic, drained
  • 2 Tablespoons  chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2  Hass avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
  • sprigs cilantro

I've created a game day chili to please every palate. It's vegan … but you may not want to tell the guys beforehand! You can certainly serve it up with sour cream and cheese. But do try it without. I think you'll find this intriguing chili — with the surprise additions of butternut squash and pumpkin pie spice — doesn't need to be over-accessorized. The creamy avocado on top is a perfect finish.

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Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and jalapeño and sauté until the onion is lightly caramelized, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.

Add the broth, vinegar, tomatoes, butternut squash, chili powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until all of the vegetables are softened, about 25 minutes.

Stir in the beans and simmer uncovered over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the desired consistency is reached, about 10 minutes. Stir in the chopped cilantro and adjust seasoning. Transfer to individual bowls, top with the avocado and cilantro sprigs, and serve.


Calories per serving:

330 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber

Daily value:



  • Fat 29g 45%
  • Carbs 221g 74%
  • Saturated 5g 24%
  • Fiber 87g 347%
  • Sugars 29g
  • Monounsaturated 15g
  • Polyunsaturated 7g
  • Protein 64g 127%
  • Sodium 2,491mg 104%
  • Calcium 684mg 68%
  • Magnesium 513mg 128%
  • Potassium 5,618mg 161%
  • Iron 24mg 131%
  • Zinc 7mg 47%
  • Phosphorus 1,238mg 177%
  • Vitamin A 1,769µg 197%
  • Vitamin C 304mg 507%
  • Thiamin (B1) 4mg 278%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 95%
  • Niacin (B3) 15mg 77%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 118%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 763µg 191%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 19mg 94%
  • Vitamin K 136µg 170%
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