Cook With Confidence: Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili

October 21, 2015 | By | Comments (0)

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili

 

It’s officially fall weather in the south, and what better way to celebrate than with a steaming bowl of chili? I’ve broken out the slow-cooker over the past several weeks and have already tried a few different soups, so I wanted to make something unique. I’ve had my eye on this 5-star recipe for Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili for awhile, so I decided to give it a try. Trust me, you don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy a hearty bowl of this stuff!

 

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The ingredients here are pretty straightforward. Try to find pre-diced butternut squash in your local produce department if you can. It saves a lot of time! This recipe calls for a lot of fresh veggies which I love, but feel free to make adjustments to fit your taste. For instance, I only used one onion instead of three. Another caveat: You’re going to have a LOT of chili (yes, that says four cans of black beans!), but you can always freeze half the batch for later.

 

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The only prep worked involved is chopping and sautéing the veggies. After that, it’s basically opening cans and dumping them in your slow-cooker. Once I mixed up the veggies, black beans, and seasonings, I added the butternut squash on top, set the temperature to low, and let my slow-cooker do the work.

My house smelled amazing when I walked in the door 6 hours later, and dinner was on the table in a matter of minutes. You can’t beat that! Make sure you serve this chili with lots of toppings. I loaded mine up with sliced avocado, reduced-fat cheddar cheese, plain greek yogurt (as a replacement for sour cream), and lots of corn chips. Delicious! This veggie chili is loaded with amazing flavors, and it tastes even better than it smells.

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