Beefy Butternut Squash Chili

As the seasons change, a hearty and comforting bowl of chili becomes a delightful way to warm up. This Beefy Butternut Squash Chili recipe marries the richness of beef with the sweet, earthy tones of butternut squash, creating a dish perfect for cozy evenings. Packed with flavor and simple to prepare, it’s ideal for both chili enthusiasts and beginners in the kitchen.

Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Serving Size

  • Serves 6


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed (about 3 cups)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional for heat)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Fresh cilantro and shredded cheddar cheese for garnish (optional)


  1. Prepare Vegetables: Peel and cube the butternut squash. Dice the onion and red bell pepper, and mince the garlic.
  2. Brown the Beef: In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the beef and set aside, leaving the drippings in the pot.
  3. Sauté Vegetables: In the same pot, add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Sauté until softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Combine Ingredients: Return the beef to the pot. Add the cubed butternut squash, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, beef broth, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.
  5. Simmer: Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the squash is tender and flavors have melded.
  6. Serve: Garnish with fresh cilantro and shredded cheddar cheese, if desired. Serve hot.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Total Fat15g
Saturated Fat5g
Total Carbohydrate30g
Dietary Fiber6g

Enjoy this comforting and nutritious meal, perfect for a chilly evening or a gathering with friends and family!