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Black Bean/Butternut Squash Chili

What you need: 

3-4 cans rinsed black beans (or freshly cooked)
1 butternut squash peeled & chopped into 1/2 cubes
1-2 onion diced
1-2 red or green bell peppers diced
1-2 cans whole tomatoes (Muir Glen if possible)
1 lime (divided as minced zest and juice)
1 bunch fresh cilantro
1-2 chilpolte chili + sauce (to liking)
5 cloves garlic minced
oil for sauteeing
2tablespoon ground cumin plus other spices, chili powder etc.

What you do: 

In large pan, saute onion, pepper & garlic until limp. Add squash cubes & minced lime zest and cook 10-15 minutes more. Add cumin and other spices (chili powder, cocoa powder, cinnamin) if desired and sweat until spice aroma fills the kitchen.
Add tomatoes and break apart with hands or spoon. Cook 10 minutes. Add black beans, chilpolte chili with adobo sauce, and heat until beans are hot.
Serve over rice with lime wedges and chopped fresh cilantro.

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Wow- I didn't know chipotles could be so spicy! This was pretty good, but next time I will use less peppers. I added a big can of hominy to this for extra veggies. I didn't have any apple juice for this recipe like someone suggested so I added some applesauce. That thickened up my stock quite a bit. I would make this again, just not so spicy.


We had a Chili Cook-Off at work and I brought this chili, except I used sweet potatoes instead of butternut squash. I won Best Vegetarian (only 4 contestants) and also Staff Favorite, which everybody got to vote for! I can't believe my coworkers picked a veggie chili as their favorite. Thank you for this wonderful recipe! Everyone wanted it. I added 1 1/2 cups apple juice and about 1/3 cup tomato paste as ungreen suggested. I also used 4 chipotles to make it spicier. Thank you to the recipe author for the endless glory that is now mine!!


Maybe I did something wrong, the squash took too long to cook!


Peeling squash sucks, but the results were well worth it. I added apple juice like ungreen suggested and cocoa powder, cinnamon and a little bit of thyme. I used like 5 chipotle peppers and it was very spicy, just the way I like it. I give this dish 4 1/2 stars


yum!  I added apple juice and a can of tomato paste like ungreen suggested.  I love how it's sweet and spicy!  I used diced tomatoes and added spinach 'cause it's good for me or whatever.  I really need to learn an easier way to peel squash.
5 stars!


I make something really similar to this using a recipe from Vegan Planet, and it is so amazing.  I couldn't recommend the black bean + butternut squash combo more highly.  The Vegan Planet recipe has you add 1 cup apple juice and 1/4 cup tomato paste, though, and I'd really recommend trying these additions, because the apple juice absolutely makes the chili!


My boyfriend and I both really enjoyed this recipe.  The slightly smoky flavour from the chilpotles was a nice touch!

In case it's useful to someone else, I used 2 tbsp chili powder, 1 tbsp cocoa and 0.5 tbsp cinnamon.


really really good recipe.
lasted me a good four days too!

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