Recipe: Vegetarian Chili with Swiss Chard, Butternut Squash and Portobello Mushrooms

Here is a fun and healthy take on a vegetarian chili that I created with inspiration from some Epicurious recipes!  The butternut squash and garam masala make it a bit sweet which is just lovely, and the portobello and black beans give it this great hearty texture.  

Remember that basically anything goes in chili and measurements don’t have to be perfect; feel free to add some of your own favorite ingredients, and if you are the carnivorous type experiment with some turkey or chicken.

Enjoy, and make sure to check out our chili cook off!


  • 2 large portobello mushrooms
  • 1 small butternut squash (peeled and cubed approx. 2 cups)
  • 1 fresh bunch of swiss chard (red or fresh)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of tomato paste 
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes in juice
  • 2 tsp garam masala spice
  • 1 tsp chili powder (feel free to add more and/or chili flakes if you like more heat!)
  • 1 ½ sweet onions
  • 4 cloves of fresh garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic; sauté until tender, golden, and translucent (about 9 minutes)
  2. Add squash and portobellos; stir 2 minutes. 
  3. Stir in chili powder and masala. 
  4. Stir in beans, tomato paste, and tomatoes with juices; bring to boil. 
  5. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until squash is tender (about 15 minutes).
  6. Stir in chard; simmer until chard is tender but still bright green, about 4 minutes longer. 
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper and garnish with a dollop of Greek yogurt.

Bon appetite! 

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Anonymous said...

I have been eating this all week! Delicious :) Alyssa

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