Our New Favorite Slow-Cooker Recipe: Butternut Squash & Black Bean Chili

Jan 23 2018
It's been savagely cold in much of the country lately, and there's little more comforting in frosty temps than a hot bowl of chili. Start up your slow cooker, because we've got a brand-new vegetarian chili comin’ at ya!

Hungry Girl's Healthy Slow-Cooker Butternut Black Bean Chili

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1/8th of recipe (about 1 heaping cup): 173 calories, 0.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 532mg sodium, 35g carbs, 9g fiber, 8.5g sugars, 8g protein

SmartPoints® value 0*

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 3 - 4 hours on high or 7 - 8 hours on low


One 14.5-oz. can fire-roasted tomatoes (not drained)

2 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes

2 tsp. chopped garlic

2 tsp. chili powder

1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1/8 tsp. salt

Two 15-oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed

4 cups peeled butternut squash, cut into bite-sized pieces (about 3/4 of a medium squash)

1 cup chopped red onion

1 cup chopped red bell pepper

1/4 cup seeded and chopped jalapeño pepper (about 1 medium pepper)

Optional toppings: fresh cilantro, light sour cream


Pour both types of tomatoes into a slow cooker. Add garlic and seasonings. Mix well.

Add remaining ingredients, and gently stir.

Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours, until veggies have softened.


HG Tips: Look for pre-cut butternut squash in the produce aisle, or click here for squash-cutting tips. And when handling jalapeños, don't touch your eyes (that pepper juice can sting), and wash your hands well immediately afterward.

Chew on this:

HOORAY for National Pie Day, January 23rd! (That's today, by the way.) Enjoy the taste of apple pie without the fuss of a crust with these Apple Pie Egg Rolls!

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