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Vegetarian Butternut Squash Chili

This Vegetarian Butternut Squash Chili is loaded with healthy vegetables like sweet bell pepper, tomatoes, and zucchini, chunks of sweet and delicious butternut squash, and three different kinds of beans.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Butternut Squash Chili
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 328kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 2 bell peppers seeded and diced
  • 10 oz. cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 small butternut squash peeled, seeded and chopped into 1-inch cubes
  • 15 oz diced tomatoes (one 15 oz can), with liquid
  • 2 chipotle chilis roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 30 oz black beans (two 15 oz cans), drained
  • 15 oz kidney beans (one can), drained
  • 15 oz cannellini beans (one 15 oz can), drained
  • 2 zucchini chopped
  • 1.5 cups water plus more if necessary
  • 5 oz fresh baby spinach


  • Cilantro fresh, chopped
  • Avocado sliced
  • Cheese shredded
  • Sour Cream
  • Green Onion chopped


  • In a large heavy-bottomed Dutch oven or stockpot (I used my 8-quart Dutch oven with plenty of room) warm 1-2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes or until soft and translucent. Add the minced garlic to the onion and mix. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, stirring continuously.
  • Add the diced bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, and butternut squash. Mix well with a wooden spoon or spatula to combine. Cook the vegetables for approximately 5 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add the diced tomatoes (with the liquid), chopped chipotle chilies, ancho, chili powder, ground cumin, salt, and pepper.  Continue to cook, stirring constantly, for a minute or so.
  • Finally, add the zucchini, black beans, kidney beans, and water to the pot, mixing well to combine. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for at least 20 minutes, or until the squash is fully cooked and fork tender.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the baby spinach or chopped kale, if desired. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve garnished with your favorite toppings such as avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream, or green onion. Enjoy!


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 1004mg | Potassium: 1254mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2110IU | Vitamin C: 82.7mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 5.9mg
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Butternut Squash Chili
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