Spicy Butternut Squash Chili

This sweet and spicy butternut squash chili is sure to be a crowd pleaser and won first place in our office chili cook-off.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 pound cubed butternut squash

  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables

  • 2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chile peppers

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 1 (7 ounce) can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, or to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic; cook and stir until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add beef and cook and stir until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes.

  2. Transfer beef mixture to the bottom of a slow cooker and add butternut squash and frozen mixed vegetables. Stir in diced tomatoes with green chilies, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, chipotle peppers in adobo, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and brown sugar; mix together.

  3. Set heat to High; wait to bring to a simmer. Cover, set heat to Low and cook, 8 hours to overnight.

Cook's Notes:

You can use garlic salt instead of garlic powder.

I used a frozen vegetable mixture of corn, peas, and green beans.

Reduce peppers to make it less spicy or add more brown sugar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

267 Calories
12g Fat
29g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 267
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 859mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 33mg 164%
Calcium 100mg 8%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 852mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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