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Vegan Butternut Squash, Black Bean + Lentil Chili

September 28th, 2016 | no comments

I think Autumn has got to be my favorite season to be in the kitchen. The markets are full of hearty root vegetables and a plethora of different shaped and colored squash. I’m always inspired to make hearty and cozy recipes like an all time favorite of mine…Chili. 

Well, I had this gorgeous butternut squash laying around, and typically my go-to is roasted butternut squash or butternut squash soup but for some reason I had a calling to try something new. Low and behold, this new recipe for Butternut Squash, Black Bean and Lentil Chili that is surely one for the books. I added in smoked paprika to add some smokey sweetness to the recipe and I am IN LOVE with the end result. 

I want to warn you…my spices measurements are not exact. I am such a “cook from the heart” gal and especially when it comes to chili and soups that I really do taste along the way and adjust the flavors accordingly. I will do my best to lay out the ingredients here but I give you FULL permission to cook, taste and adjust until it is JUST right for you. 

Vegan Butternut Squash, Black Bean + Lentil Chili 

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You’ll Need:

  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped (yellow would work too, I just found red pepper at my farmer’s market that day)
  • 2 cans organic black beans, drained rinsed
  • 1 can organic garbanzo beans, drained rinsed
  • 1 cup red lentils (any color will do), rinsed
  • 1 can organic crushed tomato
  • 1 carton of organic vegetable broth
  • 1 empty bean can filled with water 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 – 3 TBSP tomato paste
  • 3 TBSP Chili Powder*
  • 1 TBSP Garlic Powder*
  • 1 TBSP Onion Powder*
  • 1 TBSP Cumin*
  • 1 TSP Smoked Paprika*
  • Pinch of Cayenne pepper (adjust to your heat liking)*
  • Himalayan Pink Salt, to taste*

*Feel free to taste and adjust spices along the way to your liking! 

To Make:

In a large put over medium heat, add 2 TBSP of olive oil and stir in chopped onions. Stir for 1 – 2 minutes, then add in the butternut squash, garlic and chopped red pepper. Add a pink of salt and stir for another 2 – 4 minutes. Once you see the butternut squash start to deepen in color (as its cooking), add in rinsed black beans, garbanzo beans and lentils and another pink of salt (layering on the flavor!). Stir for another 1 – 2 minutes and then add in tomato paste, crushed tomatoes and all of the spices (I like to mix the spices together in a separate bowl first to fully incorporate before adding to the pot).  

Once the spices have been added, add in the carton of vegetable stock and 1 bean can’s worth of water. Stir well, bring to a boil and then cover the pot, lower the heat and simmer fro 30 minutes. I stir every 10 minutes or so and adjust heat if necessary (you do not want to burn). If you see the chili getting too thick (depending on the lentils, they can soak up A LOT of water), add in a bit more water. Adjust spices to your liking and continue to stir so all of the flavors are well blended. The chili should begin to thicken up and be ready to eat after about 30 minutes (really until the squash and lentils are tender!). 

Optional: Top with fresh lime juice, sliced jalapeno or cheddar cheese (if you’d like!). When we want to add something creamy, I use 0% Fage Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and it’s perfect!

Without the toppings, this recipe is vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free! 

Let me know if you make this recipe! 

Butternut Squash, Black Bean + Lentil Chili
Vegan, Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 small butternut squash, peeled and chopped
  2. 1 medium white or yellow onion, chopped
  3. 1 red pepper, chopped (yellow would work too, I just found red pepper at my farmer's market that day)
  4. 2 cans organic black beans, drained rinsed
  5. 1 can organic garbanzo beans, drained rinsed
  6. 1 cup red lentils (any color will do), rinsed
  7. 1 can organic crushed tomato
  8. 1 carton of organic vegetable broth
  9. 1 empty bean can filled with water
  10. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  11. 2 - 3 TBSP tomato paste
  12. 3 TBSP Chili Powder*
  13. 1 TBSP Garlic Powder*
  14. 1 TBSP Onion Powder*
  15. 1 TBSP Cumin*
  16. 1 TSP Smoked Paprika*
  17. Pinch of Cayenne pepper (adjust to your heat liking)*
  18. Himalayan Pink Salt, to taste*
Instructions
  1. In a large put over medium heat, add 2 TBSP of olive oil and stir in chopped onions. Stir for 1 - 2 minutes, then add in the butternut squash, garlic and chopped red pepper. Add a pink of salt and stir for another 2 - 4 minutes. Once you see the butternut squash start to deepen in color (as its cooking), add in rinsed black beans, garbanzo beans and lentils and another pink of salt (layering on the flavor!). Stir for another 1 - 2 minutes and then add in tomato paste, crushed tomatoes and all of the spices (I like to mix the spices together in a separate bowl first to fully incorporate before adding to the pot).
  2. Once the spices have been added, add in the carton of vegetable stock and 1 bean can's worth of water. Stir well, bring to a boil and then cover the pot, lower the heat and simmer fro 30 minutes. I stir every 10 minutes or so and adjust heat if necessary (you do not want to burn). If you see the chili getting too thick (depending on the lentils, they can soak up A LOT of water), add in a bit more water. Adjust spices to your liking and continue to stir so all of the flavors are well blended. The chili should begin to thicken up and be ready to eat after about 30 minutes (really until the squash and lentils are tender!).
Notes
  1. Optional: Top with fresh lime juice, sliced jalapeno or cheddar cheese (if you'd like!). When we want to add something creamy, I use 0% Fage Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and it's perfect!
  2. *Feel free to taste and adjust spices along the way to your liking!
DeAnna Lynn Englezos, Certified Life Coach, Wellness Expert, Speaker http://createyourgreatlife.com/

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DeAnna Lynn Englezos is a Brooklyn-based Certified Holistic Health and Lifestyle Coach. Her core mission is to share accessible information on health and happiness that actually works and healthy recipes that taste great. DeAnna is the proud owner of an adorable rescue pup named Harlow and posts pictures of her often.
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