Butternut Squash Chipotle Chilli

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and chopped into ½-inch cubes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained, or 3 cups cooked black beans
  • 1 small can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes, including the liquid
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (or one 14-ounce can)
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a 4- to 6-quart crock pot on medium, warm the olive oil until shimmering. Add the onion, bell pepper and butternut squash and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are turning translucent.
  2. Turn the heat down to medium-low and add the garlic, chili powder, cumin and cinnamon. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the bay leaf, black beans, tomatoes and their juices and broth. Stir to combine and cover for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Taste about halfway through cooking and add more chopped chipotle peppers if you’d like.
  3. You’ll know the chilli is done when the butternut squash is tender and the liquid has reduced. Add salt to taste.

Serve the chili in individual bowls, topped with crispy tortilla strips and plenty of diced avocado and cilantro.