(Mildly) Spicy Pumpkin Chili

This recipe turned out much better than I had anticipated!  The slight taste of pumpkin sets it apart from other traditional chilis.  Yum yum!!

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients
*2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
*15oz black beans, drained & rinsed
*15oz garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
*15oz pumpkin puree
*15oz diced tomatoes, drained
*1 cup riced cauliflower (more of you want a thicker chili)
*1/2 small red onion, chopped
*2 cups low sodium chicken broth
*1 tsp cumin
*2 tsp red pepper flakes (I’ll add more next time to make it spicier)
*2 tsp chili powder (I’ll add more next time)
*1-2 cups fresh spinach

Directions:
*Place all ingredients EXCEPT spinach in a crockpot, stir to combine, and set on low for 6-8 hours, until chicken is cooked through.

*Add spinach & stir 30 minutes prior to serving.

*Top with avocado & enjoy!

 

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This made so much that I had tons of leftovers for lunches the following days, and I even froze some of it!  Please let me know if you try it out!!blogsig

Spicy Black Bean & Butternut Squash Chili

This is such a flavor-packed recipe – it’s gluten free and vegan!  I know I don’t have many vegetarian or vegan recipes on the blog, so I’m trying to remedy that.  If you love a filling, spicy dish, this is for you!  Plus you can alter how spicy or mild it is to suit your taste.  It’s delish! I originally found this recipe from Baker by Nature, but I altered it to suit my tastes.

**This recipe makes about 8-10 servings, so I typically freeze about half of it.  However, if you don’t think you’ll use it/don’t want to freeze it, you may want to cut the recipe in half!**

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Spicy Black Bean & Butternut Squash Chili

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • Olive oil spray or 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 2 ½-3 cups butternut squash, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 4 tablespoons sriracha hot sauce (cut this in half if you want it less spicy)
  • 2 cups raw kale (thick ribs removed),chopped
  • 2 cans low sodium black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 can low sodium pinto beans, rinsed, drained
  • 2 ½-3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons salt (optional)
  • Avocado slices, for serving (optional)

Directions

  • Spray large pot with olive oil spray (or heat olive oil) over medium heat.
  • Add onions and sauté until tender and golden, about 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute or so.
  • Add squash, stir, and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add in chili powder and cumin, stir; cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in sriracha, kale, beans, broth, tomatoes, and salt. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Ladle chili into bowls, top with avocado (if using) and serve.

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Hope you enjoy this yummy recipe!!

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