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Turkey & Butternut Squash Crockpot Chili

November 17, 2013
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Dear crockpot, how much do I love you even though I under appreciate you?

I really don’t utilize this magic piece of kitchen equipment nearly enough.  It really is the best meal planning & prep for a busy mom (or anyone with a busy schedule for that matter).  Throw a bunch of things you have on hand in the pot, turn in it, let it run for a few hours, and I’m almost always guaranteed a delicious dish.  This chili I made last week was no exception.  Extra lean ground turkey, some spices, tomatoes, butternut squash, corn, and a little cinnamon on top made for a new (super versatile) family favorite.  You could easily add a can of beans to this too I suppose, but I really do hate beans so my chili is always bean free…. and extra yummy!







Since I made this batch a couple of days ago, my family has already had it a few different ways, all equally delicious.  We ate it on it’s own with some cornbread, my husband mixed a some with some scrambled eggs for a late night meal, I filled a pita with some it yesterday and topped it with a avocado and Greek yogurt & lime, I mixed some of the chili with my daughters favorite rotini noodles and topped it with a little parmesan cheese, and I also made some nachos with it the first day using some crisped up brown rice tortillas. Healthy, delicious, EASY and SUPER versatile right?  Win win win for everyone!

A note to myself for today…. use my crockpot more often!!!!

Here is the recipe for you:

Turkey & Butternut Squash Crockpot Chili

Serves 4-6 cups
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 4 hours
Total time 4 hours, 10 minutes
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish, Soup
Misc Freezable, Pre-preparable


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 package extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 Medium red bell pepper
  • 1 Medium green bell pepper
  • 1 Medium yellow onion
  • 2 cups cubed 1 (** I buy mine pre chopped and packaged at Costco **)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 heaped tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 28oz diced canned tomatoes
  • 3/4 cups sweet corn
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


Step 1
Add olive oil to a large pot and heat under medium high heat.
Step 2
Chop vegetables (peppers, onions, and butternut squash) and finely chop garlic.

Step 3
Cook ground turkey for 1-2 minutes.
Step 4
Add peppers, onions, and butternut squash and sauté together for 2-3 minutes, add garlic, and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Add all spices, salt, and pepper.
Step 5
Add tomato paste and stir until vegetables are evenly coated.
Step 6
Add diced tomatoes and stir until well combined.
Step 7
Place mixture in your crockpot and set on low for 4-6 hours.
Step 8
Add corn 15-20 minutes prior to serving.
Step 9
** OPTIONAL but STRONGLY recommended ** Sprinkle chili mixture with a little cinnamon after plating.


NUTRITIONAL INFO: calories- 210, protein- 25 g, carbs- 23 g, fat- 2 g

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    November 18, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    This looks fantastic- quick question, how much is one serving? 1 cup?
    thanks 🙂

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      November 18, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Yes, its about 1 cup or so!!!!

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    November 20, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    This sounds delish!! I can’t wait to give it a try, I’m thinking alittle quinua might be yummy! And while I am NOT knit-picking, I wanted to bring to your attention a few recipe errors… the ‘cook time’ says 4 MINUTES instead of hours, and I think you left out the word ‘butternut squash’ from the ingredients list. =)

    Thank you for posting such a yummy recipe!

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      November 20, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      Thanks so much 🙂 All fixed!

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    April 16, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Hi Corina!
    For all your recipes, is the nutritional info per each serving?

    • Reply
      April 16, 2014 at 3:07 am

      Most have nutritional information included at the bottom of the recipe… sometimes I forget 🙂 Sorry!

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    May 4, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Can this recipe be done without the use of a crockpot?

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      May 7, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      Sure Nathalie! Just cook on the stove a bit longer, you may need to add more liquid but it will be just as good! The crockpot just makes things dummy proof and easier, which I need 🙂

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    June 7, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    This sounds great.

    2 cups cubed 1 (** I buy mine pre chopped and packaged at Costco **)

    Is this supposed to be the butternut squash?? 🙂

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      June 8, 2015 at 5:56 am

      yup, butternut squash!

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    October 12, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Can this be cooked completely in the crockpot with out starting on the stove?

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      October 14, 2015 at 4:33 am

      I’m not sure the texture would end up quite the same! I’d love to know if you give it a try though!

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    October 26, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    I made this last night for the first time and it was SO good. We have leftovers for tonight and I am already looking forward to having dinner. Thank you for the recipe! 🙂

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