Butternut Squash and Chickpea Chili

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Chili with Kale is an easy one-pot meal packed with nutrients. This easy vegan chili recipe may just become a staple in your home!

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Chili with Kale - an easy vegan one-pot meal

We’ve got some whistling wind all up in the pine trees and that means a food thing or two. Cheeeelaaaaaay! Woop woop!

Insert eye roll.

Have you seen the crazy rigamarole repertoire ensemble ramalamadingdong of Soups, Stews, and Chilies I’ve collected here at home town, The Roasted Root? Translation: I have soup recipes on my blog. Have you seen them?

Are you wearing a scarf? Good!

Alright. I have a very specific need for chili. It hums soothing songs to my heart while the wind a-whistles. Let’s talk about chili while you teach me how to dougie. There has been Roasted Pepper Elk Chili, Southwestern Vegetarian Chili, Barbecue Pulled Chicken Chili, and Red Wine Turkey Sausage Chili .

In essence: I’m chili obsessed.

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Chili with Kale - an easy vegan one-pot mealThis chili recipe is vegan, but you can easily turn it into a meat lovers affair by adding ground beef, turkey, or bison. The recipe also includes cinnamon, which may seem odd, but trust me, it works!

And, of course, the chickpea is the star of this chili. Let’s face it, I only use the word, “chickpea” on my blog and not in real life.. The term I use in real life is “garbanzo bean.” You say chickpea, I say garbanzo bean. We all go home full.

…And if you’d like to add rice to this pot (because: carbs), you just go right ahead!:

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Chili with Kale - an easy vegan one-pot meal

Get your chickpea chili on!

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Chili with Kale - an easy vegan one-pot meal

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Chili

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Author: Julia


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 4 cups chopped peeled butternut squash 1 small butternut squash
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1.5 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth*
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 (14-ounce) can chickpeas rinsed and drained, garbanzo beans
  • 3 cups kale leaves optional


  1. In a large stock pot or dutch oven, add the oil, onion, celery, and butternut squash and heat to medium.
  2. Sauté, stirring frequently, until veggies are softened and fragrant, about 12 to 15 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, salt, and spices and sauté another 2 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken broth and diced tomatoes and bring chili to a full boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium low, cover, and simmer 30 to 40 minutes, until vegetables are cooked all the way through. If adding kale, do so 5 minutes before chili is finished cooking to allow leaves to wilt.

  6. Add the chickpeas and cook an additional 2 minutes.
  7. Serve with your favorite chili toppings

Recipe Notes

*You can also use chicken broth


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  1. Tieghan

    Yes, yes, yes! yes to the chili because well veggie chili and butternut squash are some of my all time favorite things!! Seriously, I want this now! And yes to coming to my neck of the woods!! Now I just wish I did not live 2 hours away from Denver! 🙁 Have fun!

  2. Rachel

    So, just this morning, I say to the husband, “I have no idea what we’re eating for supper tonight. There is no food.” I’ve been frantic with work stuff the past several weeks, haven’t had time to think or go grocery shopping, and have been desperately craving easy, nutritious and delicious food. This fits the bill. Pick a butternut squash from the garden and ready in under an hour w/ minimal hands-on time? I thank you!

  3. Julie

    Once I can get Papa Swope back home and eating again, I’m going to make this. I am wondering, though, why Colorado? I mean, what does Colorado have that Illinois doesn’t? (Don’t answer that). 🙁

  4. Rachel

    About how big of a batch does this end up making? I want to make it for an impromptu dinner party this evening of 6-7 will it feed everyone? Looks amazing! Thanks!


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