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Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili | @foodiephysician

Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili

This hearty chili is packed with flavor and nutrition- it’s the perfect game day dish!
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 362 kcal
Author The Foodie Physician


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chipotles in adobo, seeded and chopped*
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce (from the can of chipotles)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin (increase to 2)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice (optional)
  • 1 medium butternut squash peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 4 ½ cups, 20 oz)
  • 2 (15 oz) cans low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped plus extra for garnish
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese (I used Cabot Alpine Legacy Collection Cheddar Cheese) Greek yogurt or sour cream, diced avocado, diced tomato, sliced scallions


  1. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or wide-based pot over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook 4-5 minutes until partially softened. Add the garlic and cook another minute until fragrant. Stir in the ground turkey and cook, breaking it into pieces. Season the mixture with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  2. Stir in the chipotles, adobo sauce, cumin, oregano, and allspice. Add the butternut squash, beans, tomatoes, broth, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook 15 minutes, then uncover and cook another 15 minutes or until chili is thickened and squash is cooked through. Stir in the cilantro.
  3. Garnish chili with cilantro. Serve with any desired toppings.

Recipe Notes

Chipotles in adobo are canned, smoked jalapeño peppers and add a delicious smoky heat to dishes. If you don’t have them, you can substitute chili powder.

Nutrition Facts
Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 362 Calories from Fat 84
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.3g14%
Saturated Fat 2.2g14%
Sodium 746mg32%
Carbohydrates 46.7g16%
Fiber 10.9g45%
Sugar 8.3g9%
Protein 26.1g52%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.