Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili

  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Total: 1 hr 25 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook: 1 hr


3 teaspoons olive oil

1 pound 99 percent fat-free ground turkey

1 medium onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup chili powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons ground coriander

3 tablespoons tomato paste

Kosher salt

1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 3 1/2 cups)

4 ripe plum tomatoes, chopped

Two 14-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup chia seeds

Freshly ground black pepper

1 to 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream


  1. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons of the oil over medium-high heat in a large Dutch oven. Add the turkey and cook, breaking up chunks with the side of a wooden spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes. Push the turkey to the edges of the pan, leaving the middle empty. Reduce the heat to medium and add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, then the onion and garlic to the center of the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin and coriander and stir about 30 seconds. Add the tomato paste and 1 teaspoon salt and stir until the paste begins to darken in color, about 30 seconds. Then add the squash, tomatoes and 4 cups water, scraping the bottom of the pan to release any stuck bits. Bring to a simmer, adjust the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the chili has thickened and the squash is tender, 35 to 40 minutes.
  2. Stir the beans and chia seeds into the chili and heat through, about 5 minutes. Season with an additional 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper, then taste the chili and stir in up to 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Spoon the chili into bowls and top each bowl with cilantro and a dollop of sour cream.
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I just made this for the second time recently. It is sooooo good!! I feel so good about eating it, being that it is so healthy. I made mine even more nutritious by using chicken bone broth in the first batch and veggie broth in the second (both organic of course)  also I only use 1 can of black beans (which has been plenty both batches) and organic can tomatoes instead of the fresh. And to save time I"ve been using frozen cubed butternut squash. I just warm it in a little broth on the stove while browning the turkey. PLEASE USE THE CHIA SEEDS ;))! It was my first time ever using them and you don't even know they are there. They just thicken the chili perfectly!

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