This Ground Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili recipe and post were originally posted May 2012. Thanks to Mindy for requesting!
Since canceling my CSA membership I’ve been trying to visit a local farm store for every other grocery shopping trip. This way I’m buying a bit more locally while reducing the amount of processed food in the house because it just isn’t available at those places.
The farm store near me is great for not only produce but poultry. They offer all sorts of cuts and have fresh ground turkey breast and thigh. Last week I decided to give the ground turkey thigh a try as it’s more than a dollar cheaper then the breast.
The 9-Year-Old was home so I made him a turkey burger and used the rest for a chili idea. He prefers beef like his dad, but said it was more moist than your typical turkey burger. I really enjoyed the thigh as a chili base. It worked perfectly.
Ground Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili
Yield 4 cups
Ground turkey thigh makes a great, moist base for this simple chili using butternut squash and a can of diced tomatoes. Only 235 calories a cup!
Here’s what I did…
- 12 oz ground turkey thigh
- ½ sweet onion, chopped
- About 1 and ½ cups cubed butternut squash (I used just over 200g)
- 2 tbsp ground cumin
- 2 tbsp dried cilantro
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ¼ tsp ground red pepper
- 1 (14.5oz) can petite diced tomatoes
Brown the turkey with the onion and the butternut squash.
Add the cumin, cilantro, chili powder, salt, and red pepper.
Once the turkey is cooked through, add the tomatoes and lower to a simmer. Cook until the butternut squash is tender and you’re done!
- I topped with avocado, of course!
Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 12 g
Total Carbohydrates 16 g
Dietary Fiber 33 g
Sugars 6 g
Protein 17 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
I could make dishes like this every day! I just wish I could get the family on board.