Photo: Kate Sears
Prep Time
20 Mins
Cook Time
6 Hours
Serves 8

This easy black bean and butternut squash chili will fill your kitchen with wonderful aromas while it simmers in the slow-cooker all day.  Serve with cornbread and your favorite toppings.

How to Make It

Step 1

Warm oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté onions until tender, about 3 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add bell peppers and jalapeños; sauté until tender, about 3 minutes.

Step 2

Transfer pepper mixture to slow cooker. Stir in beans, tomatoes, chili powder, cumin and oregano. Arrange squash on top. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.

Step 3

Season chili with salt and pepper. Serve with sour cream, salsa and other accompaniments, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

Easy, Healthy and Delicious

October 08, 2015
This was much better than I expected it to be.  I used a lot less olive oil because 1/4c wasn't necessary and I added corn and ground angus beef, but this would also be good with shredded chicken.  I only cooked it for 4 hours on low as I didn't want the squash to get too mushy - 6 hours would have been too long for my slowcooker.  I served it with avocado, greek yogurt (sourcream sub), and tortilla chips.  I will be making this again.  The family loved it.

October 08, 2015
If you leave out the spices and jalapeno of course you are going to change the taste - it's missing the most important ingredients.  Had you followed the recipe you probably wouldn't have felt it was missing anything.  You gave a 3 star rating to a recipe you made up and then posted the review here. That doesn't even make sense.

October 08, 2015
I was going to say, the chili powder I use isn't hot at all.  I'd like to know where you get yours because I would prefer to have my chili powder actually be chili powder.

October 08, 2015
P.S. my batch wasn't spicy at all, but the jalapenos I used were pretty mild as well.

KristenBlush's Review

October 21, 2014
Full spice, hand picked squash...the best chili I've made yet. I'm going to keep this one! (I baked it in the oven for 2 hours at 350, and mixed the squash in rather that leaving it on top.)

GreekMama02's Review

February 28, 2014
We loved this recipe! Followed directions to a t and it was perfect. I also found a vegan corn muffin recipe and it was amazing.

morganemily224's Review

January 07, 2014
Delicious! Just ate leftovers of this last night and it was amazing, even better than fresh out of the slow cooker. I added a little more salt and some garlic salt to the leftovers, and sprinkled with a mexican blend shredded cheese. Outstanding! For a novice cook trying to eat healthier, this recipe was easy to follow and not too time-consuming to prep. The six hours in the slow cooker is a little long, so I definitely recommend you start cooking late morning/early afternoon if you want it for dinner. But highlight recommend--it's a great, hearty vegetarian chili that makes great leftovers! I also halved this recipe and it worked great.

Notacook54's Review

October 14, 2013
Really good! Left out the jalapeños, substituted one can of black beans for kidney beans and cooked on stove top for about an hour. Topped with sour cream, scallions and cheddar cheese. Made a day ahead and reheated for a dinner party...huge success.

SMSchlosser's Review

January 29, 2013
Super yummy vegetarian chili! Has a great "meaty" quality to it, and it's even better the next day. I only used 1 jalepeno (we have little kids in the house) and it was not spicy at all (easy to fix with a little hot sauce). Try this recipe, you won't be disappointed!

Jazzy1's Review

October 31, 2012
So yummy. I cut the recipe in half, so I wouldn't have much leftover. It was so good, that I made another half batch the following week. I cooked mine on the stove. It turned out thick and flavorful. It's a keeper.