Saturday, September 28, 2013

Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili

I made this last Sunday for supper and it was delicious.  This is a mild flavored chili that suits my family's taste just fine. You could always spice it up more if you like more heat.  I really love butternut squash but this was the first time I had ever used it in chili.  I really liked sweet flavor of the squash combined with the spicy flavor of the chili powder.   This dish also has hominy it it that I had never tried before and I thought it added a good flavor. This is a recipe that I would definitely make again!  This recipe can be found on and also below.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1 pound butternut squash - peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch dice
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) can chopped green chilies
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans with liquid
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can white hominy, drained
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt 
1.  Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic; cook and stir for 3 minutes, then add the turkey, and stir until crumbly and no longer pink.
2.  Add the butternut squash, chicken broth, green chilies, tomatoes, kidney beans, hominy, and tomato sauce; season with chili powder, cumin, and garlic salt. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the squash is tender, about 20 minutes.