side angle view of black bean and butternut squash chili in a serving bowl with spoon.

5 from 1 reviews

Full of fall squash, veggies and hints of chipotle powder and cinnamon, this vegan Butternut Squash & Black Bean Chili makes a really wonderful warm autumn chili!



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Stovetop: In a large 5 – 6 quart pot, heat oil/water over medium high heat, saute the onion for 5 – 7 minutes. Add the spices, saute for 1 minute more. Add the butternut squash, bell peppers, beans, tomatoes and vegetable broth and optional cocoa, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 45 minutes. Will be done when the butternut squash is tender. Taste for flavor. Chili will thick upon cooling.

Slow Cooker: Place ingredients into your slow-cooker, finishing with the vegetable broth and give a good stir. Cover and cook on low for 6 – 8 hours, or on high for 3 – 4 hours. Taste, and season with additional salt and pepper or seasonings as needed.

Serve with garnish of choice. Pairs great with my favorite vegan cornbread or jalapeno cornbread muffins!

Serves 4 – 6

Store: Keep leftovers stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 5 days. For longer storage, store in the freezer in freezer safe containers for up to 2 – 3 months.



  • Add 1 can sweet corn, drained
  • Use 2 small sweet potatoes in place of butternut squash
  • Use your favorite color bell peppers

Keywords: butternut squash chili, black bean chili