Butternut squash adds additional nutrients, flavor, and bulk to Turkey, Squash and Black Bean Chili. Serve this easy one-dish dinner over brown rice, or with warm corn tortillas or cornbread on the side.
8 ounces peeled butternut squash, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound ground turkey
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes
1 15.5-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
How to Make It
Place squash in a microwave-safe bowl, cover and microwave on high until soft when pierced with a paring knife, about 3 minutes.
Warm oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add turkey, chili powder, cumin and salt; cook, breaking up meat with a spoon, until meat is no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes.
Stir in tomatoes, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer until tomatoes have cooked down and mixture has thickened, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Add squash and beans; cook, stirring, until warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Serve hot.
Very easy and perfect to cook a large pot to eat now and then later! My 19 year old daughter swore that she didn't like squash, but had no idea that she was eating it in this dish! I used jalapeno tomatoes rather than plain and it spiced it up a bit. . might go a little spicier next time.
Good base, but I did make a few changes; halved the oil, doubled the meat and squash, added 1/3 cup of tomatoe sauce, used 1 can Rotel tomatoes in place of plain diced tomatoes, doubled the cumin and chili powder (used about a 1/4 tsp. of chipotle chili powder combined with the regular chili powder). The butternut squash gives the chili a nice sweet and spicy flavor and along with added nutritional benefits.
This cooks up thick with very little sauce. It was a good consistency for me. I didn't need the rice. Sprinkled some cheese and scallions over top. I loved the flavor that the squash added. This chili is not not very spicy, so if you like spice, you'll have to kick it up a notch.