Vegan Butternut Squash Chili

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This vegan butternut squash chili is one of the best cozy dinner recipes for fall and winter. Get some extra veggies into your menu with this healthy vegan chili.

This vegan butternut squash chili is one of the best cozy dinner recipes for fall and winter. Get some extra veggies into your menu with this healthy vegan chili.

Are you looking for a different way to prepare butternut squash? I have three of them sitting in my produce bowl, so I like to have a variety of ways to use them.

I’m not crazy about plain squash, but I love how it tastes in this chili. The sweetness of the squash is a great contrast to the savory seasonings. This flavor combination is delicious, and it makes a nice big batch to last a few nights.

Before I joined a CSA, I never bought squash at the store. I was so happy to discover that it tastes great in chili. This chili is yet another reason that I’m so thankful for my farm share. It’s gotten me to try so many foods that I thought I didn’t like.

Vegan Butternut Squash Chili Tips

Make sure to chop the squash and celery into even, bite-sized pieces so they cook evenly.

I make this chili in a pot on the stove. You could also use an Instant Pot or slow cooker for this recipe.

Try this healthy Crockpot chili for another easy vegan dinner recipe.

Vegan Butternut Squash Chili

This vegan butternut squash chili is one of the best cozy dinner recipes for fall and winter. It features squash, beans, tomatoes, onions, and a flavorful chili sauce.
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3 from 2 votes
Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Total Time:50 minutes

Recommended Equipment


  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 1/2 lb butternut squash (or other winter squash)
  • 4 cups cooked pinto beans (rinsed if using canned beans)
  • 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups broth
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp salt


  • In a large pot, sauté the onion and celery in the olive oil until soft. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.
  • Chop the squash into bite-sized pieces and add it to the pot.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, until all the vegetables are soft. If you don’t want your beans to be mushy, add them during the last few minutes of cooking.
  • Serve warm with brown rice or cornbread.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 973mg | Potassium: 899mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 9440IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 4mg
Servings: 8
Calories: 204kcal
Cost: $.58 per serving

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Price Breakdown

This recipe costs $4.67 to make, and it yields 8 servings. The cost per serving is $.58. This squash chili is a delicious, comforting meal any time of year.

Try my Instant Pot squash soup for another delicious way to enjoy this fall veggie.

Are there any vegetables you never thought you could like, but you learned to love them? Please share in the comments.


  1. This looks delicious, and so healthy! Perfect way to use squash! I bet this chili is super filling, too.

  2. I am really excited about your recipe! I have this on my to make list! Its right at the top!
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  3. I swear I always have at least one butternut loitering on top of my microwave! I can’t stand it plain either but I love it in recipes 🙂 The chili sounds great!

  4. Great Minds Think Alike, Annemarie! I’m currently roasting a tiny acorn squash and sweet potato (from the Strategic Winter Squash Reserve) to make a test recipe of chili for tonight’s dinner.
    I know that I want a smooth, meaty chili (I had a bite of my spouse’s bowl at lunch the other day) but I wasn’t sure where to go with seasonings so I’m investigating your recipe and my spice drawers.


    1. Good luck, Kirsten! I love this spice combination, but there are so many different ways you can go with chili. That’s one of the things I love about it.

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