Butternut Squash Chili

This is a deliciously hearty, vegetarian butternut squash chili that I concocted years ago which is popular with the entire family.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
8 servings


  • 4 tablespoons salted butter

  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 2 (32 ounce) cartons low-sodium vegetable broth

  • 1 large butternut squash - peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks

  • 2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes

  • 3 (16 ounce) cans chili beans

  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream

  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Heat butter in a large pot over medium heat until melted. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in cornstarch and cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add vegetable broth and butternut squash; bring to a boil.

  2. Reduce heat and simmer until butternut squash is soft, 7 to 10 minutes. Carefully transfer contents to a blender (in batches) and blend until smooth and thick.

  3. Return blended mixture to the pot and add diced tomatoes, chili beans, corn, cream, Italian seasoning, cumin, turmeric, salt, and pepper. Simmer until heated through, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can use canned corn in place of frozen corn.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

584 Calories
30g Fat
74g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 584
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 18g 88%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 1343mg 58%
Total Carbohydrate 74g 27%
Dietary Fiber 14g 51%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 60mg 299%
Calcium 258mg 20%
Iron 8mg 45%
Potassium 1624mg 35%

* 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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