Spicy Turkey & Winter Squash Chili

Spicy Turkey & Winter Squash Chili


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 red onion, peeled & chopped
  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced
  • 1-8oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1-15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 Tbs chili powder (or more to taste)
  • 2 Tbs ground cumin
  • 2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil for cooking


  1. Begin by prepping all your veggies – red onion, garlic, zucchini, and butternut squash. If you’ve never chopped a squash, check out the tutorial in this post.
  2. Place a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion, butternut squash to the pan until the veggies have started to soften about 6 minutes.
  3. Add the turkey, and cook for an additional 5 minutes until almost cooking through.
  4. Add the chili powder, cumin, garlic, crushed red pepper and zucchini and cook for a few more minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the beans, broth, tomato sauce and bring it to a boil.  Lower the heat to medium-low and cook gently for about 15 minutes.
  6. Check for seasoning, adding more chili powder and salt as needed


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