Vegan Butternut Squash Chili

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on February 20, 2017

Ok guys, this vegan chili is pretty freakin’ awesome 🙂

This is one of those recipes that you think will be really complicated because of the long ingredients list, but once you have everything bought and on your counter, it’s actually pretty easy to make!

Made with sweet butternut squash, savory and warm spices, fiber and protein-packed black beans, crunchy corn, and acidic tomatoes, this chili has just about every flavor you could possibly want!

It’s the perfect winter meal: it’s stick-to-your-ribs good.

The husband was skeptical of this recipe because he’s not a huge fan of butternut squash. “It’s too squishy,” he says. After all these years he still has textural issues when it comes to some foods 🙂

But I was determined to make butternut squash taste great even to him! I figured, if he liked this recipe, then most people probably would too. And I was right!

This recipe turned out to be a huge hit.

It’s vegan and gluten free, and for those of you who are vegetarian and love cheese, feel free to top each bowl with 1 tbsp shredded cheese as well! It’s slow-cooker friendly too – I’d just saute the onion and garlic beforehand, and then you can throw everything else into the slow cooker and let it simmer all day. The longer it cooks, the better the flavors will be.

Layla loved this recipe and literally asked for it 4 days in a row. Success on all fronts 🙂

I hope you love this as much as we did!

Vegan Butternut Squash Chili

Makes 10 servings. 207 Calories, 2.9g Fat (1.1g Saturated), 355.8mg Sodium, 39.3g Carbs, 10.4g Fiber, 4.8g Sugar, 9.7g Protein


  • 1 3lb butternut squash
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4 peppers
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 12 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2-3 cups low sodium vegetarian broth
  • 2 (10oz) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 2 15oz cans black beans
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp regular paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • Chopped green onions, to serve
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, to serve (non-vegan option)
  • Adapted from The Kitchn


  1. Peel the squash and cut into 1 inch pieces
  2. Peel the carrots and cut into 1 inch pieces
  3. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Stir in the butternut squash, carrots, bell peppers, onion, garlic, and tomato paste. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the broth, diced tomatoes, beans, and corn.
  6. Stir in all the spices (chili powder through cayenne).
  7. Bring back to a simmer then reduce the heat and cook for at least 1 hour, or until the squash and carrots are tender. The longer it simmers, the better the flavors will be!
  8. Serve hot with chopped green onions and 1 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese per bowl (optional!)


A Protein-Pack Giveaway from Orgain!

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on February 20, 2017

Hi Everyone! I’m very excited to announce that this month’s giveaway is a protein and superfood pack from Orgain (worth $70!) Orgain’s protein powders and superfood blends are 100% organic, with both vegan and vegetarian options. They have dairy based shakes and powders with grass-fed whey; and vegan, plant-based products with organic plant proteins. All of their products are free of: hormones, antibiotics, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, and pesticide and herbicide residues. They are Gluten Free, Soy Free, Non-GMO too.

And they taste great!

So I was pumped when Orgain reached out and asked if I’d be willing to try their new years box: filled with delicious, organic protein-packed products, recipe ideas, and little healthy freebies (like a jumprope and meditation guide!)

And now, one lucky reader has the opportunity to win this awesome prize pack (a $70 value!). The box includes: 1 blender bottle, 2 packs of whey protein powder, 1 huge bottle of their superfoods blend (perfect for adding to smoothies), 4 protein bars, a jumprope, a meditation guide, and one of their shelf-stable shakes (that doesn’t have anything weird added to it and is low in sugar!)

To Enter: You can enter in one of six ways (each option below counts as a separate entry):

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This giveaway will be open until 11:59pm PST on Monday, March 13th. I’ll be announcing the two winners in the comments of this post on Tuesday, March 14th.


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