Chorizo Black Bean Kabocha Squash Chili

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Chorizo Black Bean Kabocha Squash Chili is a hearty chorizo chili that’s packed with black beans, kabocha squash and plenty of spice!

Chorizo Black Bean Kabocha Squash Chili is a hearty chili that's packed with spicy chorizo, black beans, and sweetness from kabocha squash and a hint of maple syrup. It's the ultimate fall chili! @FlavortheMoment

Do you ever have meals that you make with just yourself in mind?  This Chorizo Chili is something I knew my family wouldn’t go for because they’re spice challenged, but I made it anyway.  I love spicy food, and it’s not my fault if if nobody else can hack it.  Sometimes I just gotta be selfish and go for it.

It was totally worth it too.

This chili is spicy and smoky, with sweetness from the kabocha squash and a bit of maple syrup.  It’s perfect for a sweet & savory lover like me.  

Oh, and this chili is also very hearty….but I’m thinking you can tell that just by looking at it.

Chorizo Black Bean Kabocha Squash Chili is a hearty chili that's packed with spicy chorizo, black beans, and sweetness from kabocha squash and a hint of maple syrup. It's the ultimate fall chili! @FlavortheMoment

Now I need to profess my undying love for kabocha squash…have you ever tried it?  Kabocha squash is a Japanese squash that’s also referred to as pumpkin.  It looks like a green pumpkin, but the squash itself is velvety, sweet and somewhat starchy.  It’s part pumpkin, part sweet potato, and all parts delicious. 🙂

One of the best things about kabocha is that the peel is edible, and it adds such a nice texture to your dishes, not to mention that pretty green color!

See my roasted kabocha squash, Thai pumpkin curry, and my produce guide on kabocha squash for more ways to use it!

kabocha squash

Recipe ingredients

There are a few ingredients in this chili recipe, but they’re all important to develop layers of flavor.  This chili is packed with smoky, spicy and a hint of sweet flavor.

You’ll need:

  • Olive oil
  • Chorizo sausage
  • Red onion
  • Kabocha squash
  • Garlic
  • Chili powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Tomato paste
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Chicken stock
  • Black beans
  • Maple Syrup
  • Scallions, for garnish

Chorizo Black Bean Kabocha Squash Chili is a hearty chili that's packed with spicy chorizo, black beans, and sweetness from kabocha squash and a hint of maple syrup. It's the ultimate fall chili! @FlavortheMoment

How to make chorizo chili

This chili recipe is extremely easy to make.  Most of the ingredients may be prepped ahead to make meal prep quicker.

  • Prep your ingredients.  Chop the onion, kabocha squash and garlic, and gather your ingredients.
  • Prepare the chili.  Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a Dutch oven or large skillet. Add the chorizo sausage and break up with a wooden spoon.  Add the red onion and sauté 5 minutes until softened.  Add the kabocha squash and sauté 1 minute, then add the garlic and spices and cook 30 seconds longer.  Add the tomato paste, diced tomatoes and 1 3/4 cups of the stock.  Mash 1/2 can of the black beans with 1/4 cup of the stock, then add the mixture, the remaining beans and the maple syrup to the pot and stir well.
  • Simmer the chili.  Simmer for 15 minutes or until the chorizo chili has thickened slightly and the flavors have developed.  Remove from heat and add salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve the chili topped with scallions.

Recipe notes:

 

  • If the chili is a bit thick for your liking, add about 1/2 cup more stock.
  • The kabocha squash may be substituted with butternut squash. 
  • Veggies may be prepped ahead to make this meal go even quicker, and the chili may be made up to a day or 2 in advance. It’s also freezer friendly!

 

Chorizo Black Bean Kabocha Squash Chili is a hearty chili that's packed with spicy chorizo, black beans, and sweetness from kabocha squash and a hint of maple syrup. It's the ultimate fall chili! @FlavortheMoment

More chili recipes you’ll love:

Cincinnati chili by Culinary Hill

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Pumpkin chili

Three bean chili

White bean turkey chili

Chorizo Black Bean Kabocha Squash Chili

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Chorizo Black Bean Kabocha Squash Chili is a hearty chorizo chili that's packed with black beans, kabocha squash and plenty of spice!

chorizo chili in a red bowl with spoon

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lb. spicy chorizo sausage, casings removed
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup kabocha squash, unpeeled, cut into 1/2" - 1" cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • (1) 14.5 ounce can of fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken stock, divided*
  • (2) 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained, divided
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • chopped green onions, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large saute pan or Dutch oven. Add the chorizo to the pan and break up into pieces with a wooden spoon. Add the red onion and saute for 5 minutes or until the chorizo is cooked through and the onion is softened. Add the kabocha squash and saute one minute, then add the garlic and spices and saute for 30 seconds more. Add the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, and 1 3/4 cups of the chicken stock, and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce the heat slightly and simmer.
  2. Once simmering, mash 1/2 can of the black beans with the remaining 1/4 cup of chicken stock and add to the pot (this will thicken the broth slightly). Add the remaining beans and maple syrup, and stir until incorporated. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the kabocha squash is tender. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Serve garnished with chopped green onion and enjoy!

Notes

  • If the chili is a bit thick for your liking, add about 1/2 cup more stock.
  • Veggies may be prepped ahead to make this meal go even quicker, and the chili may be made up to a day or 2 in advance. It's also freezer friendly!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 328Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 1134mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 8gSugar: 10gProtein: 16g

Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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