This Butternut Squash Turkey Chili will surprise your tastebuds with its fantastic flavor. It combines the savory flavors of turkey and spices with a hint of sweetness from the butternut squash. Best served with a slice of sweet cornbread!
Soup season is the best season. From hearty potato to spicy buffalo, soup is the best time of year. But Chili is a family classic all year round. There are so many different flavor combinations that make chili so unique and delicious. This Butternut Squash Turkey Chili hits the spot on all levels. The best part is it’s made in the slow cooker!
How to make it
Only two steps are required for this chili:
Brown the meat– in a medium skillet, brown the ground turkey and add diced onions halfway through the cooking.
Cook– 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 the recipe card below and print.
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.
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 red meat, try switching the broth to beef broth. It might add a nice balance.
Stovetop– 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.
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 an air-tight container.
Is this chili healthy?
What I love about this dish is how healthy it is! If you need to lower the calories, try using ground turkey breast. You can also use low-sodium chicken broth.
This chili is fantastic with a variety of toppings, such as:
- tortilla strips
- green onions
- sour cream
More delicious soup recipes
- Slow Cooker Fiesta Ranch Tortilla Soup– deliciously filled with chicken, black beans, corn, tomatoes, and Fiesta Ranch seasoning.
- Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup– creamy and hearty soup filled with the savory flavors of a traditional pot pie but easily made in the crock pot.
- Crock Pot Creamy Buffalo Chicken Soup– has the perfect blend of spice and cream with hot sauce, bites of savory chicken, and sweet corn in a delicious soup.
Butternut Squash Turkey Chili
- 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!