Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili
Chili, winter and football Sundays just go together. Football is over for the season (Go Hawks!) but winter remains so we decided to try a new recipe while hanging at home on President’s Day weekend. This vegetarian chili recipe has been on my list to try for some time now but I kept putting it off because it included cooking dried black beans, which take forever. I don’t have time, and don’t plan enough ahead, to make that happen so I changed this recipe to use canned black beans instead. It came out a winner. It’s easy to make. Other than cutting up some onion, it’s really just throwing together some spices, opening some cans and a package of butternut squash from Costco.
Black Bean Chili with Butternut Squash
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 tablespoons chili powder + 1 tablespoon to sprinkle over squash
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- 1 tablespoon cumin + 1 tablespoon to sprinkle over squash
- 2 14.5-ounce cans fire-roasted tomatoes
- 2 cans black beans, juice included
- 2 chipotle chiles from canned chipotle chiles in adobo, minced
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
- Coarse kosher salt
- 1-pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (I use the pre-cut from the fresh produce section in Costco)
- 1/3 cup quick-cooking bulgur
- Sour cream
- Grated Pepper Jack cheese
- Diced red onion
- Chopped fresh cilantro
- FRITOS® Chili Cheese Flavored Corn Chips
Pre-heat oven to 400 deg. Place butternut squash on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with cumin and chili powder. Roast until soft or about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until soft and beginning to brown, stirring often, about 8 minutes. Add garlic; stir 1 minute. Sprinkle chili powder and coriander over; stir 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes with juice, beans, chipotles, and oregano. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low, cover with lid slightly ajar, and simmer for 15-20 min. Season to taste with coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Stir squash and bulgur into chili. Simmer uncovered over medium-low heat until squash and bulgur are tender, about 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide chili among bowls. Serve with your choice of toppings like sour cream, cheese, red onion, cilantro, and jalapeños and FRITOS®. Serves 6-8 depending on how hungry everyone is.