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A delicious Vegetarian Chili made with roasted butternut squash, lentils, and black beans. It is the perfect vegetarian, gluten-free, Meatless Monday meal.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Main Course, Soups & Stews
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beans, gluten free, meatless mondays, squash, vegetarian
Servings: 6 people
Author: Debbie


  • 1-1.5 pound butternut squash peeled, cut into one-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils rinsed
  • 16 ounces black beans rinsed
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 16 ounces tomatoes crushed or chopped
  • 14 ounces diced tomatoes with Hatch chilis or diced with green chilis
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 2 small carrots sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 3 large garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • red pepper flakes optional, to taste


  • Peel and chop the butternut squash into one-inch cubes. Roast in a 425-degree oven for 30 minutes until lightly browned and tender, but not mushy. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large Dutch oven or stockpot. Add the carrots, celery, and onion. Saute for about 5 minutes until the onions become translucent.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 30-45 seconds until you can smell the garlic.
  • Add the spices and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, vegetable stock, salt, and lentils. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes or until the lentils are cooked. Check for seasonings and adjust as needed.
  • Add the black beans. Stir and bring to a simmer.
  • Gently, stir in the butternut squash and heat thoroughly.


If you prefer a spicier chili, add additional red pepper flakes, diced jalapenos, or other peppers of choice when you check for seasonings.
SUGGESTIONS FOR TOPPINGS: Cheese, sour cream or yogurt, sliced scallions, avocado, cilantro, corn chips.