Saturday, December 10, 2011

Black Bean & Butternut Chili

The chili recipe below was adapted from another blogger's recipe, which was adapted from a Cooking Light recipe.  I didn't want to change much, except for omitting the meat and making it in the slow cooker instead of on the stove.  I looked for instructions on how to adapt a recipe for the slow cooker and then modified the directions so that I could just toss it in the slow cooker.  It came out great - I think one of the reasons I really liked it was the red wine, which gave it a really unique flavor compared to other chili recipes I have made.   I stashed a bit of this in the freezer, but I'll probably make it again.  By the way - you can use any winter squash, and I'm sure different types of beans would work well too.  I'd like to try the original version with meat and red kidney beans sometime this winter.  (Note: do NOT cook dried red kidney beans in the slow cooker or you might die.)


  • A splash of olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic 
  • 1 small chipotle pepper in adobo, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ancho chile pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup dry red wine
  • (28-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • (28-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained 
  • 2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash or other winter squash 
  • 1/2 cup water


1. Add 2 teaspoons oil to pan. Add onion; sauté 8 minutes until the onions are a deep golden brown. Add tomato paste, garlic, chipotle and spices; sauté 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add wine; bring to a boil, scraping pan. Cook until wine has reduced a little, a few minutes. 

2. Add onion mixture to slow cooker.  Stir in tomatoes, beans, butternut squash, and water.  Cook on high for 4 hours.

1 comment:

  1. Great work and great ideas to learn about some delicious recipes
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