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Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili | @foodiephysician
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4.34 from 6 votes

Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili

This hearty chili is packed with flavor and nutrition- it’s the perfect game day dish!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 362kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 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
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ 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, Greek yogurt or sour cream, diced avocado, diced tomato, sliced scallions


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Garnish chili with cilantro. Serve with any desired toppings.


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.


Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 46.7g | Protein: 26.1g | Fat: 9.3g | Saturated Fat: 2.2g | Sodium: 746mg | Fiber: 10.9g | Sugar: 8.3g