Today’s recipe from Gardening With Children strikes that perfect blend between spicy and sweet. The recipe is also pretty easy to make, but does require a fair bit of chopping!
Butternut Squash Chipotle Chili with Avocado
Recipe courtesy of cookieandkate.com.
- 1 medium red onion, chopped
- 2 red bell peppers, chopped
- 1 small butternut squash (1 1/2 pounds or less), peeled and chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ground sea salt
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2+ tablespoon chopped chipotle pepper in adobo (start with 1/2 tablespoon and add more to taste)
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 14-ounce can diced tomatoes, including the liquid
- 4 cups cooked black beans or 2 cans, rinsed and drained
- 14-ounce can (about 2 cups) vegetable broth
- 2 Avocados, diced
- 3 corn tortillas for crispy tortilla strips (or substitute crumbled tortilla chips)
- cilantro (optional, for garnish)
- large stockpot
- In a 4 to 6 quart Dutch oven or stockpot, sautée the chopped vegetables (onion, bell pepper, butternut squash, garlic) in one to two tablespoons of olive oil on medium-high heat. You’ll need to stir the ingredients every few minutes so they can cook evenly.
- Once the onions start turning translucent, turn the heat down to medium-low. Add all of the spices and canned ingredients, and stir. Cover for about one hour, stirring occasionally. Taste test for spice level and add more chipotle if desired.
- By the time your chili is done, the butternut squash should be nice and tender and the liquid should have reduced a bit, producing the hearty chili consistency that we all know and love.
- Make the crispy tortilla strips: stack the corn tortillas and slice them into thin little strips, about 2 inches long. Heat a small pan over medium heat, add a drizzle of olive oil and toss in the tortilla slices. Sprinkle with salt and stir. Cook until the strips are crispy and turning golden, stirring occasionally, about 4 to 7 minutes. Remove tortilla strips from skillet and drain on a plate covered with a piece of paper towel.
- Serve the chili in individual bowls, topped with crispy tortilla strips and plenty of diced avocado. I added a little sprinkle of red pepper flakes (optional). Cilantro would be nice as well.
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