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Bowl of Butternut Squash Chili with Water Glass, Napkin, and Bread Slices in the Background
Butternut Squash Chili
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

This butternut squash chili is loaded with sweet-tart apples, warming spices, hearty chickpeas and black beans. Easy to make, super flavorful, and guaranteed to warm you up!

Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 276 kcal
Author: Alissa Saenz
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or high-heat oil of choice)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Generous pinch ground cloves
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 (14 ounce or 400 gram) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14 ounce or 400 gram) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14 ounce or 400 gram) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (14 ounce or 400 gram) can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups diced (½ inch) butternut squash
  • 1 medium apple (I used Granny Smith), peeled and diced (½ inch)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Coat the bottom of a large pot with the olive oil and place it over medium heat.

  2. Give the oil a minute to heat up, then add the onion. Cook the onion for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until it's soft and translucent.

  3. Stir in the garlic and spices (chili powder through cloves). Cook the mixture while stirring for about 1 minute, until it becomes very fragrant.

  4. Stir in the broth, chickpeas, black beans, crushed and diced tomatoes, butternut squash and apple. Raise the heat and bring the mixture to a boil.

  5. Lower the heat and simmer the chili until thickened and the squash is tender, about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  6. Remove the pot from heat and season the chili with salt and pepper to taste.

  7. Ladle into bowls and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Butternut Squash Chili
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups (⅙ of total batch))
Calories 276 Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.6g7%
Saturated Fat 0.7g4%
Sodium 368mg15%
Potassium 1042mg30%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 12.8g51%
Sugar 9.8g11%
Protein 11.4g23%
Calcium 114mg11%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.