Super Healthy Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili
It’s finally Chili season! You all probably already have your favorite chili recipe, but this one is a much healthier version and so hearty and delicious! I used lean ground turkey and added butternut squash for a big vitamin boost, plus it adds lots of texture.. giving it a Chili-Mac feel! I loved it!
Here‘s what you need:
2 lb. ground turkey
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 and 1/2 to 2 packs of French’s Chili-O chili seasoning ( this depends on your taste)
1 can petite diced tomatoes, drained ( 2 cans if you like lots of tomatoes)
1 small can tomato paste
2 cans chili beans ( red, pinto, or kidney beans)
1 cup ( or so) tomato juice
Optional garnishes: shredded cheese, light sour cream, fresh cilantro
Add the turkey, onion, green pepper, and butternut squash to a large skillet. Sauté until the turkey is cooked through and the veggies are tender. Drain off any liquid. Add the Chili-O mix and stir to coat everything. Transfer the meat mixture to a slow cooker or large soup pan. Add in the rest of the ingredients except the garnishes. Add more tomato juice if you like your chili thinner. Simmer on low on the stove for at least an hour, or cook on low in the slow cooker for at least a couple of hours. It’s ready to serve with your favorite garnishes!