April 11

Cozy Up with Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili


by Julie Baker

As the winter season unfolds, there’s nothing quite like a hearty and nourishing meal to warm you from the inside out.

We all know that while following a paleo diet, finding delicious and satisfying recipes that align with your nutritional goals can sometimes be a challenge.

However, fear not, because I have the perfect solution for you – Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili.

This dish is not only paleo-friendly but also bursting with flavor, making it an ideal choice for a cozy winter dinner.

Why Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili?

Chili is a classic comfort food that is beloved for its rich and robust flavors. By making a few simple swaps, we can transform this traditional favorite into a paleo-friendly masterpiece. Instead of using beans and legumes, which are not typically consumed on a paleo diet, we’ll be incorporating butternut squash to add a touch of sweetness and heartiness to the dish. Additionally, lean ground turkey will serve as the perfect protein source, making this chili both nutritious and satisfying.


  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef or chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish
  • Avocado slices, for serving


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, brown the ground turkey over medium heat until fully cooked. Remove from the pot and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, add the diced butternut squash, onion, garlic, and red bell pepper. Sauté for 5-7 minutes, or until the vegetables begin to soften.
  3. Return the cooked turkey to the pot and add the diced tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  4. Bring the chili to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until the butternut squash is tender.
  5. Once the chili is ready, taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  6. Serve the chili hot, garnished with fresh cilantro and avocado slices.

Why You’ll Love It

This Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili is a true winter warmer.

The combination of tender butternut squash, savory ground turkey, and aromatic spices creates a soul-satisfying experience with every spoonful. The comforting flavors make this dish perfect for a cozy night by the fire.

Not only is this recipe delicious, but it’s also paleo-friendly, meaning you can indulge without straying from your dietary principles!

With the right ingredients and a little creativity, you can enjoy all your favorite foods while staying true to your paleo lifestyle.

So, if you’re looking for a satisfying and flavorful dish to cozy up with this winter, give this Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Happy cooking!


Food, Paleo Diet, Paleo Recipe

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