Butternut Squash Chilli

So, according to my new favorite website, today is National Chilli Day.  And this comes on the heels of National Tortilla Chip Day, which was yesterday.

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Who knew there was a day to celebrate chilli?  Does Hallmark make a Happy Chilli Day card?

In case they don’t, you could make some of this chilli for that special someone in your life.

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Butternut Squash Chilli

(adapted from Allrecipes.com)

Serves 6-8

1 pkg extra lean or lean ground beef

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

2 cloves garlic, finely grated

1 onion, diced

1 green pepper, seeded and diced

2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely diced (I used a red and a green one)

1/2 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and diced

1 15 oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 15 oz can tomato sauce

1 14 oz can diced tomatoes with chili seasonings

1 14 oz can fire roasted tomatoes

2 tsp cumin

4 tsp chili powder

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1 1/2 cups water

Garnishes: sour cream, cheese, green onions, nachos, etc.

Heat a large pot over medium heat.  Add ground beef, breaking apart into crumbles with a wooden spoon.  Cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes or so.  Add red pepper flakes and onion, and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until meat is completely browned and cooked through, and onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.  Add peppers and butternut squash, stirring to combine, and cook for 5 minutes.

Add the tomato sauce, tomatoes, beans, and the water.  Season with spices.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve topped with your favorite chili fixings, such as sour cream and cheese.

IMG_4627FYI, Wednesday is National Kahlua Day.  I think I’ll be celebrating that holiday too.

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