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Butternut Squash & Black Bean Chili

  • Author: Julie Andrews
  • Prep Time: 15-20 mins
  • Cook Time: 25-30 mins
  • Total Time: 40-50 mins
  • Yield: Serves 8 1x
  • Category: Soup/Chili
  • Method: Stove-Top


A smoky vegetarian chili with butternut squash and black beans.


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 34 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 ¼ tsp. kosher or sea salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed (about 4 cups)
  • 2 15-oz. cans no salt added black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-oz. can no salt added fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups unsalted vegetable stock
  • Zest and juice of 1 medium lime
  • 2 medium avocados, peeled, pitted and diced


  1. Heat the olive oil to medium in a Dutch oven or large stock pot. Add the onion and red bell pepper and cook 3-4 minutes, until slightly soft. Stir in the garlic, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, black pepper and chipotle chili and sauté 30-60 seconds, until garlic and spices are fragrant.
  2. Stir in the butternut squash, black beans, tomatoes and stock. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Reduce to medium-low and cook 15-20 minutes or until squash is soft. Stir in lime zest and juice. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  3. Spoon chili into bowls and top with diced avocado. Serve.


Cooking Tip: Adding a splash of citrus juice or vinegar at the end of a recipe can help provide a salty taste without adding excessive salt.

Serving Tip: This is a complete meal!


  • Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe
  • Calories: 290
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Sodium: 480mg
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 10g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 42g
  • Fiber: 15g
  • Protein: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: chili, soup, butternut squash, squash, black beans, beans, plant-based, vegetarian, vegan