Winter Squash & Black Bean Chili

Recipe adapted by staff at CUCE-Yates County
Yields 6 servings
Check out this filling vegetarian chili to warm up with!

Print Recipe View Nutrition Facts


  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium high heat. Add squash and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden. Remove squash from pot and set aside
  2. Return empty pot to stove. Saute carrots and onion until well browned, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Stir in chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and garlic. Cook one minute, stirring well
  3. Add tomateos with their liquid and the 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to low heat. Cover and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally with a spoon to break up tomatoes.
  4. Stir in squash and black beans Raise heat and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes, or until squash is tender and chili thickens. Stir in cilantro, if desired, and serve.



1 tablespoon canola oil

6 cups cubed Butternut or Hubbard squash

1 cup sliced carrots

1/2 cup onion, chopped

3 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 ground cayenne pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced

28 ounce can stewed, low salt tomatoes

1 cup water

15 ounce can low-sodium black beans, drained

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)


Cutting board, knife, large pot, sink, stove, measuring cups and measuring spoons

More About Butternut Squash

How to Select

Choose a squash heavy for its size. Squash should be firm and free of bruises.

How to Store

Store in a cool, dark place for up to a month. Once cut, refrigerate unused portion.

How to Prepare

Add to stews and soups, steam and drizzle with olive oil, prepare in a curry, bake and stuff with apples, add cooked squash to canned black beans with a dash of cinnamon and cumin, mash with yams, season with ginger and cinnamon, or simply cube and roast.