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Butternut Squash Turkey Chili

This BUTTERNUT SQUASH TURKEY CHILI will surprise your tastebuds with its fantastic flavor. It combines savory flavors of turkey and spices with a hint of sweetness from the butternut squash. Best served with a slice of sweet cornbread!

Butternut Squash Turkey Chili Pin

Chili is a family classic all year round. There are so many different flavor combinations that I love when it comes to chili. But this Butternut Squash Turkey Chili hits the spot on all levels. BONUS- it’s made in the slow cooker!


Only two steps are required for this chili:

BROWNground turkey and add diced onions half way through the cooking.

COMBINE– all the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook away.

That’s it! Let it slow cook until those butternut squash pieces are nice and tender and the seasoning has melded together so beautifully. Oh I can just smell it now. Mmmmm!

*For more detailed instructions, see recipe card below and print.

close up of ingredients


GROUND TURKEY: I’ve made this with ground turkey and ground turkey sausage with wonderful results. I’m sure ground beef or pork sausage would taste good too.

ONION: red, yellow, white- your choice.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH: I almost always take the easy route and buy the pre-cut butternut squash. It comes in our refrigerated section all ready to go. Squash is a little tricky to cut since it’s so hard. But it’s totally your choice if you’d rather save a few $ and cut it yourself.

BLACK BEANS: other beans could be substituted such as kidney, cannelloni, or navy beans if you prefer.



GREEN CHILIS: It adds a nice subtle spice without being “spicy” in my opinion. But if spice bothers you, feel free to omit this.





GARLIC: fresh garlic could be used instead of powder. I would add it to the ground turkey at the same time as the diced onion.





ingredients in a slow cooker


TURKEY– Any type of turkey could be used, even turkey sausage. You could substitute beef or pork also.

SEASONINGS– you really can tailor this to your preferences. Add more or less to your desire.

CHICKEN BROTH– If you change the meat to a red meat, try switching the broth to beef broth. It might add a nice balance.

SLOW COOKER– this dish could easily be made on the stovetop. All you would do is once the turkey is browned, add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and cook on medium while covered until the butternut squash is tender. It would take approximately 15-20 minutes.

slow cooker of Butternut Squash Turkey Chili


I am always looking for ideas to save money or time. Here are a couple of ways this could help you if this recipe is out of budget or you are on a time crunch:

  • frozen ground turkey often seems to be a little cheaper than refrigerated
  • use whatever fresh or dried herbs you have on hand
  • meal prep- lasts up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator
  • FREEZER-FRIENDLY– it lasts up to 6 months in the freezer! Just freeze it in a ziplock bag or freezer-friendly container.
bowl of Butternut Squash Turkey Chili


What I love about this dish is how healthy it is! If you need to lower the calories even more, try using ground turkey breast. You can also use low sodium chicken broth.

Close up bowl of Butternut Squash Turkey Chili


This chili is fantastic with a variety of toppings, such as:

  • crackers
  • tortilla strips
  • cornbread
  • jalapeños
  • green onions
  • sour cream
  • cheese
  • cilantro

This BUTTERNUT SQUASH TURKEY CHILI is easy, healthy, and so delicious! I know you’ll be adding this to your family’s favorite recipes!

bowl of Butternut Squash Turkey Chili with cornbread and a spoon


This BUTTERNUT SQUASH TURKEY CHILI will surprise your tastebuds with its fantastic flavor. It combines savory flavors of turkey and spices with a hint of sweetness from the butternut squash. Best served with a slice of sweet cornbread!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 lb butternut squash diced
  • 15.25 oz black beans rinsed and drained
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 14.5 oz diced tomatoes
  • 4 oz diced green chilis
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1-1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 14.5 oz chicken broth


  • In a pan on medium, cook turkey until brown. Halfway through cooking, add diced onion. Once cooked, add to the slow cooker.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker and stir together. Cook on low 3-4 hours or until butternut squash is tender. Enjoy!
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  1. 5 stars
    It’s snowing today, so I thought chili would hit the spot. It smelled so good while cooking, since we’re stuck inside. This chili is amazing. My family loved it! It is perfect with cornbread (my husband spooned his chili over the cornbread)! Yum!

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