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Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Chili

A delicious lean beef chili recipe made with a blend of beans and butternut squash
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 354kcal
Author Amee


  • 2 lbs lean ground beef 92%
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 lbs diced butternut squash fresh, not frozen (I love to buy this already peeled and chopped when available)
  • 20 oz frozen vegetable seasoning blend (diced onion, celery, pepper, and parsley blend) 2 (10 oz) packages
  • 28 oz can fire-roasted crushed tomatoes do not drain
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz can red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz can low-sodium northern beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz can low-sodium cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoon chili powder
  • 4 teaspoon cumin
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Add beef, frozen vegetable blend and garlic to the pan
  • Cook until beef is cooked through (about 10 minutes), drain, and pour the mixture into the slow cooker
  • Add all other ingredients and stir
  • Cook 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low, until butternut squash is tender.


  • Prepping the squash - Cutting butternut squash isn't exactly simple, so I usually grab them pre-chopped from the store. However, if you want to take on the challenge, make sure you have a very sharp knife and check out this resource on cutting and peeling butternut squash.
  • Add cocoa powder - This may seem strange, but a tablespoon of cocoa brightens up the other ingredients and makes the flavors more vibrant.


Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 685mg | Potassium: 1333mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 11334IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 165mg | Iron: 8mg