This hearty beef chili with beans is perfect for weeknights or make-ahead lunches. It’s SO delicious topped with Cheddar Cheese. And it has just the right amount of heat. The beef chili was definitely spicy for my family but no one complained of burned tongues! Super easy and very tasty.
Health Benefits of Beef Chili with Beans and Butternut Squash
This amazing chili has over 300% of your daily intake requirement of vitamin A and a sizable amount of Vitamin C – all thanks to the butternut squash.
You can make a big batch of this butternut squash and beef chili on Sunday and eat it for lunch all week just for the health benefits! Make sure to add some fresh cheese to the chili bowl and you’re all set!
How much spice to add to the Beef Chili?
This moderately spicy beef chili is hearty and warming. I used only 1 tablespoon of chili powder for the entire pan of chili.
There are other recipes that add 2 tablespoons or more. If you’re unsure of how spicy you would like it to be – err on the lower side and add ½ tablespoon.
This beef chili is one of those dishes that gets a little better in the fridge every day. So if you are in a mood for lots of healthy vegetables and protein, this recipe is full of goodness and is incredibly easy to make!
I like this butternut squash and beef chili by itself, but it tastes amazing with these salads:
- Brussels Sprout Cranberry Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
- Walnut and Spinach Salad in Honey Mustard Vinaitrette
And if you are the type of person who likes to have a piece of bread with your beef chili how about:
Cheesy Butternut Squash and Beef Chili with Beans
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1.5 lb medium butternut squash, cubed (or 2 cups cubed squash)
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 15 oz. can of beans, (red kidney or black beans)
- 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon chili powder, (chili will be moderately spicy)
- 2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt, more if desired
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- parsley, for garnish
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet and add ground beef. Cook, breaking up the meat, for 5 minutes. Add butternut squash, bell pepper, garlic, beans and canned tomatoes.
- Add 2 cups beef broth and bring to a simmering point. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano and sugar. Cover the skillet with a lid and cook on medium-low for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and check if the butternut squash is tender. Add ½ teaspoon salt. Taste to see if more salt is needed.
- Turn off heat and add 1 cup cheddar cheese. Mix it in with a wooden spoon.
- Transfer the chili to serving bowls and garnish with shredded cheese and parsley.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only. This information comes from online calculators. Although whatsinthepan.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
Ron Booker says
I like that you said that beef chili tends to change the flavor if you leave it sitting on the fridge. My son told me that they serve him chili at school every Tuesday and he says he enjoys it very much. I’m going to try it since you said it is rich in vegetables also.
I like to make it with ground turkey. So lean and delicious!
I used my instant pot to make this. Thank you!