Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili

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Not your average chili, this butternut squash and turkey chili features red lentils and is simmered in a creamy coconut milk and tomato broth. Make this in your pressure cooker or on the stove top!

Not your average chili, this butternut squash and turkey chili features red lentils and is simmered in a creamy coconut milk and tomato broth. Make this in your pressure cooker or on the stove top!

Isaac’s brother got us the Power Pressure Cooker XL for Hanukkah and I was so excited because I’ve been wanting an Instant Pot and the Power Pressure Cooker XL is really similar. Over the past month or so I’ve been testing it out and now I’m basically hooked on cooking everything in it— rice, beans, soups, shredded chicken. It can cook just about anything. Plus,  you can make a flavorful chili that tastes like it’s been cooking all day in about 20 minutes… it’s amazing!!

Power Pressure Cooker XL

The butternut squash and turkey chili I’m sharing today is the first recipe we made in the pressure cooker after and it sealed the deal! I was so impressed with how quickly the chili cooked, the texture and the flavor. I was worried the pressure cooker would totally overcook the chili and turn the ingredients into mush, but it actually cooked everything perfectly. The butternut squash chunks were tender, but still held their shape.

Not your average chili, this butternut squash and turkey chili features red lentils and is simmered in a creamy coconut milk and tomato broth. Make this in your pressure cooker or on the stove top!

I have to admit that I am kind of using the term chili at my own liberty as this recipe might technically be more of a soup or stew, but it does have chili powder, cumin and tomatoes so it totally counts as chili in my book. It also has turmeric and coconut milk, which honestly makes it taste better than traditional chili, in my opinion.

And with the pressure cooker, this chili is so quick to whip up!! (Don’t worry, I know not everyone has a pressure cooker so I’ve given instructions for how to make this on the stove top too.)

In terms of serving,  don’t skimp on the kale, cilantro and green onion. These items are added after the cooking and give the chili a pop of color and add a ton of fresh flavor!

Not your average chili, this butternut squash and turkey chili features red lentils and is simmered in a creamy coconut milk and tomato broth. Make this in your pressure cooker or on the stove top!

Even if you don’t have a pressure cooker, no worries! I’ve provided instructions for how to make this on the stove top as well and hope you’ll give the chili a try. It’s our new favorite winter meal over here! The butternut squash and turkey paired with red lentils and kale make for a hearty meal that’s  so warming and comforting — perfect for chilly evenings.

If you make this butternut squash and turkey chili, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how it turns out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.

 

Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili

5 from 28 votes
Not your average chili, this butternut squash and turkey chili used red lentils and is simmered in a flavorful coconut milk and tomato broth. Make this in your pressure cooker or on the stove top!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped (about 5 cups)
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 - 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 - 14 oz can light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup dried red lentils, rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2-3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 cups chopped kale or spinach
  • chopped cilantro and sliced green onions, for garnish
  • cooked brown rice or quinoa, optional

Instructions
 

Pressure cooker:

  • Push the sauté/browning/meat button on your pressure cooker. Add oil to the inner pot.
  • Sauté onion and garlic for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add ground turkey and cook until brown, about 5-7 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to break up the meat while cooking.
  • Add spices (turmeric, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, sea salt and pepper) and cook for an additional minute.
  • Add butternut squash chunks, veggie broth, tomatoes, coconut milk, lentils, tomato paste and apple cider vinegar to the pot.
  • Place the lid on the pressure cooker, lock lid and make sure the pressure release valve is closed.
  • Press cancel on the pressure cooker and then press the soup/stew button. The timer should be set to 15-20 minutes.
  • Once the timer reaches 0, the cooker will switch to keep warm. Carefully switch the pressure release valve to open (I use tongs for this). Once the steam is released, remove the lid and add in chopped kale or spinach. Give the chili a stir and let sit for a couple minutes to allow the greens to wilt.
  • Portion chili into bowls, top each bowl with fresh cilantro and green onions before serving. You can also serve the chili over brown rice if you’d like.

Stove Top:

  • Add oil to a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add ground turkey and cook until brown, about 5-7 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to break up the meat while cooking.
  • Add spices (turmeric, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, sea salt and pepper) and cook for an additional minute.
  • Add butternut squash chunks, veggie broth, tomatoes, coconut milk, red lentils, tomato paste and apple cider vinegar to the pot. Stir to combine.
  • Bring mixture to a boil. Once bubbling, reduce heat to medium and simmer the chili uncovered for about 30-35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the butternut squash is fork-tender and the lentils are cooked, reduce heat to low.
  • Add in kale or spinach, stir to combine and let sit for a couple minutes to allow the greens to wilt.
  • Portion chili into bowls, top each bowl with fresh cilantro and green onions before serving. You can also serve the chili over brown rice if you’d like.

Notes

  • If you’re serving a crowd or just want to extend the servings of the chili you can serve it over brown rice or quinoa. We did this one night and it was delicious!
  • Inspired and adapted from Oh She Glows.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 of recipe Calories: 314kcal Carbohydrates: 32g Protein: 21g Fat: 11g Fiber: 8g Sugar: 9g
Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butternut squash turkey chili

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    80 comments
    1. Cheryl
      March 16, 2021 AT 11:01 am

      5 stars
      Loved this recipe. All the flavors came together perfectly. Was a little uncertain about the cinnamon but followed the recipe and it did not disappoint. Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 16, 2021 AT 11:55 pm

        So glad you loved this recipe, Cheryl! Thanks for coming back to leave a review, I so appreciate it!

    2. Janette
      February 15, 2021 AT 10:50 pm

      5 stars
      This recipe is sooo good!!!!! I have to admit I was a bit hesitant when I saw tumeric and coconut milk in a chili, I thought it would turn into a curry. I was so wrong, this is definitely a chili and I will definitely be making it again!!! The only substitution I made was chicken bone broth instead of vegetable broth.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 16, 2021 AT 9:27 pm

        Woo!! That makes me so happy to hear!! I’m glad you loved this recipe, Janette. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    3. Nancy Kathryn Burns
      January 28, 2021 AT 1:01 pm

      4 stars
      This is a great recipe overall. BIG thumbs up for how easy it is and the fact that all ingredients are readily available at your local supermarket. The only reason it didn’t get four stars was that it came out as more of a soup than a chili. This was very easily remedied by adding some arrowroot – cornmeal would work equally well. That said it is SO EASY. Definitely try it.

    4. Mary
      January 25, 2021 AT 11:20 pm

      5 stars
      This was tasty right away after I made it, but it was sooo good the next day. I had a package of cubed butternut squash from Costco and used the whole thing even though it was more than what the recipe called for. I will be saving this recipe. Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 26, 2021 AT 8:54 pm

        Woo!! So glad you loved this recipe, Mary. Thanks for the review. I really appreciate it!

    5. Charly Roper
      December 1, 2020 AT 9:17 am

      5 stars
      This is one of my winter go to recipes now! Thank you!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 2, 2020 AT 1:01 am

        Yay!! So glad you’ve been loving this recipe, Charly. 🙂

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