One-Pot Butternut Squash Quinoa Chili

Recipe provided by: @minimalistbaker

This 1-pot butternut squash quinoa chili is the perfect comfort food recipe for those chilly early-Spring days. Big shout-out to Minimalist Baker for the recipe, just sub your favorite No Evil Foods product. We really like using our ‘chorizo’ for this!


  • 2 Tbsp avocado or coconut oil (sub water if avoiding oil)
  • 1 package El Capitán ‘Chorizo’ Crumbles
  • 1 small white or yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 jalapeño (minced // remove seeds for less heat)
  • 1/2 tsp each sea salt and black pepper (DIVIDED // plus more to taste)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups diced butternut squash
  • 3 Tbsp chili powder (DIVIDED)
  • 2 Tbsp ground cumin (DIVIDED)
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 15- ounce cans fire-roasted (or regular) diced tomatoes (if unsalted, add more sea salt to taste)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 cups vegetable broth (sub up to half with water for lower sodium // plus more as needed)
  • 1/4 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 15- ounce can kidney beans (slightly drained)
  • 1 15- ounce can black beans (slightly drained)
  • 1-2 Tbsp coconut sugar (or maple syrup)
  • 1 small chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (for heat) (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped kale (or other sturdy green) (optional)

The How-To

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add oil (or water), onion, and jalapeño pepper. Season with a healthy pinch each salt and pepper and stir. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Remove the chorizo from the package and tear into chunks. In a large fry pan over medium high heat, brown the ‘chorizo’ chunks in the garlic olive oil. Then remove them and place to one side for later.
  3. Add garlic and sauté (stirring occasionally) for 2-3 minutes more, or until onion, pepper, and garlic are softened and slightly browned.
  4. Add butternut squash, 2/3 of the chili powder (2 Tbsp as original recipe is written), half the cumin (1 Tbsp as original recipe is written), smoked paprika and stir to coat. Cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and vegetable broth and stir to combine. Bring to a low boil over medium-high heat.
  6. Once boiling, add quinoa (see photo) and reduce heat to medium-low or low, so it’s at a gentle simmer. You want to see bubbles, but you don’t want it boiling. Cover and cook for 12-15 minutes, or until quinoa is mostly tender. As it’s cooking you may need to add more vegetable broth or water if it’s looking too dry and the quinoa isn’t submerged (I didn’t find that necessary).
  7. Next add kidney beans, black beans, 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper, and remaining cumin (1 Tbsp as original recipe is written) and chili powder (1 Tbsp as original recipe is written), coconut sugar, and stir to combine. If adding the chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (optional), add now.
  8. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then reduce heat slightly to low (or medium-low), cover, and gently simmer for 15-20 minutes to meld the flavors together. Stir occasionally.
  9. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more chili powder or cumin for smokiness, salt for saltiness, or a little coconut sugar to balance the heat and draw out the other flavors.
  10. Add kale (optional), cover, and cook for 2-3 minutes more. Serve as is, or garnished with lime, chili cheese fritos (or tortilla chips), fresh jalapeño, cilantro, red onion, and/or avocado (all optional).
  11. Add in browned ‘chorizo’ chunks from earlier.
  12. Store leftovers in the refrigerator up to 5-6 days, or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave until hot.
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