Winter Squash Chili8:45:00 PM
I love chili.
- I have two acorn squash & there's only so much acorn squash hash a girl can eat.
- It's usually easier to get the preschoolers in my life (in other words, my daughter and one of my nephews) to eat vegetables if they are somewhat hidden.
- I wanted to try to reduce the sugar in my chili (I usually put some brown sugar in to give it some sweetness).
Winter Squash Chili
1 lb acorn squash (I used a 2 lb squash and then froze the remainder)
1 lb ground beef
2 bell peppers
1 medium onion
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
(3) 14 oz. cans of beans (I used 1 kidney and 2 black bean, but use what you prefer)
(3) 14 oz cans diced tomatoes
Take your acorn squash and scrub down the outside. Use a sharp knife and prick it all over. Set it in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for six minutes per pound. Allow to cool so you can handle it.
While the squash is cooking, take a large pot and heat over medium high. Brown meat in this pot. While the meat is cooking, chop the pepper and onion to the consistency desired. I used my mini food processor because I wanted to hide the veggies, but you can decide for yourself how much you want the vegetables to "show." Toss the peppers, onion and spices into the pot with the meat when it is browned and saute the vegetables until softened.
While thats cooking, cut your squash (I used 1/2 of a 2 pound squash), scoop out the seeds, and then just scoop out the flesh. I pureed the squash in my mini food processor, but you could mash it by hand, too. Put squash, beans, and tomatoes into pot. Stir to combine. Lower heat to medium-low. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.
The simmering serves to thicken the chili and combine the flavors, so whenever you feel the desired consistency, serve with the fixing...cheese, sour cream, crackers, whatever floats your boat!
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