Spiced Squash and Corn Chili

The second dish prepared by the seniors at the South Arm Cooking Club for seniors is a vegetarian chili dish. This is a healthy and hearty dish for the cold winter.


The Spiced Squash and Corn Chili has a little kick in it and it utilizes butternut squash which is in season. The addition of walnuts adds a little crunch to the chili.

Butternut squash is a good source of fiber, vitamin A, C and E, manganese, magnesium and potassium.


  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 small butternut squash, about 4 cups
  • 2 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder or according to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper or according to taste
  • 1 tablespoon coriander and ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon and allspice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chili flakes or according to taste
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika or according to taste
  • 3 bell peppers, mix colors, chopped
  • 1 can corn nibblets
  • 2 cans black beans
  • 1 cup walnuts (optional)


Source: unknown

Serves 8 to 12


Spiced-Squash-and-Corn-Chili-2To ease the job of cutting the butternut squash, microwave it for a few minutes to soften it.
Spiced-Squash-and-Corn-Chili-3Drain, rinse and drain the beans and corn nibblets.
Spiced-Squash-and-Corn-Chili-4Saute the onions and garlic in some olive oil until the onion is softened.
Spiced-Squash-and-Corn-Chili-6Add squash and diced tomatoes.
Spiced-Squash-and-Corn-Chili-7Transfer to a soup pot. Add tomato sauce.
Spiced-Squash-and-Corn-Chili-8Add seasonings to taste like chili powder, cayenne, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, allspice, bay leaves, smoked paprika, chili flakes, etc.

Stir and bring to a boil.

Spiced-Squash-and-Corn-Chili-13Stir in bell peppers and bring back to a boil, stirring often until squash in fork tender.
Spiced-Squash-and-Corn-Chili-10Add corns, beans and walnuts. Simmer until ready to serve.

Serve with some delicious corn bread.

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