Turkey Chili with Butternut Squash and Black Beans

This Turkey Chili with Butternut Squash and Black Beans has been a tried, true and tested recipe in our household. A batch will be made and eaten on for a couple days and it never disappoints! It is definitely a family-favorite recipe! I made this just a couple weeks back and my husband was SO excited about it. He even went as far as saying that it is one of his top favorite things that I make! You know it’s gotta be good when that is said :).

Keep on reading below for the original recipe posted last year with some updated pictures. We just harvested 64 butternut squashes from my mom’s garden, so I thought it would be VERY fitting to update this recipe and pictures! If you have any ways to use up butternut squash, shoot them my way because we are up to our eyeballs in them.

Eating healthy and what’s good for your body doesn’t mean you should have to give up comfort. Drum roll please… Turkey Chili with Black Beans and Butternut Squash! Put all your fears of only crunching on celery and slurping down kale smoothies aside and put your pjs on because we are about to get comfy. Not only is this chili loaded with flavor, warmth and is good for your soul, but it carries a lot of healthy protein from the turkey and black beans and friendly fiber and potassium from the butternut squash. Healthy, delicious chili and snuggles, what more could you possibly need?


This recipe originally came to be on whim. I was out at my parents house on the farm, the menfolk were working outside and my mom had made a quick trip into town. So, with dinner time nearing and having been decorating their Christmas tree all day and being in the mood to get in the kitchen, I got to cooking. There was nothing laid out or defrosted, so I started scrummaging through the freezer and cupboards to see what I could put together. And voila! The turkey chili of our dreams was born.

I love how not only is this a healthy alternative, but it is definitely a crowd pleaser. I mean, we’ve already made it twice this week with no regrets! As any soup does, this chili gets better and better with time. The leftovers heat up perfectly (may just need to add a bit of water to thin it out) and it is a great go-to to have for dinner. We’ve been snarfing this down with tortilla chips, sour cream, cheese and green onions as our toppings, but any chili toppings you desire would go great with this bowl of goodness. Avocado anyone? I’ve been making this recipe on the stovetop, but I don’t see why you couldn’t throw it all into a crockpot as well. Snuggle up with a blanket and enjoy this delicious bowl of chili!

 

Turkey Chili with Black Beans and Butternut Squash 

Ingredients: 

  • 16 ounces ground turkey
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 4 cups butternut squash, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 29 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 15 oz cans black beans, drained
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper

Directions: 

  1. In the bottom of a large stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add in the onions and sauté until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add in the ground turkey and cook until browned, seasoning with salt and pepper.
  2. Add both cans of the tomatoes and the butternut squash into the pot. Stir and let simmer on high for 5-8 minutes. Add in the garlic, chili powder, dried basil, cinnamon and black beans. Stir until combined.
  3. Cover the pot and let simmer on low-medium heat for at least 20 minutes, or until the squash is tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with your choice of toppings.

 

4 Comments

  1. Carolyn Hansen September 20, 2017

    Kate, wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed this awesome chili! The butternut squash and touch of cinnamon, sealed the deal. So enjoy your cooking blog and seeing a bit of what you enjoy doing. Great photography too. Blessings to you!


    • KJ September 23, 2017

      I’m so glad to hear that, Carolyn! It is definitely one of our favorites to eat all fall and winter long. Thank you so much for the encouragement and compliments! I love that I get to share cooking with others all around me 🙂


  2. Maureen October 11, 2017

    I made your turkey chili and it was delicious. The cinnamon really adds to the flavor. Im making it for a party this weekend.


    • KJ October 12, 2017

      That is so great to hear, Maureen! I’m so glad that you like it and I hope your guests do as well! 🙂


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