This healthy and hearty chili has a fragrant touch of cinnamon for added flavor. Peferct for meal prepping as it can easily be stored in the freezer.
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 cups chopped onion
- 1½ cups chopped carrot
- 3 large cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 3 cups diced pumpkin or butternut squash
- 1 can no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
- 4 cans beans, such as black beans, kidney beans, and/or butter beans
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
- Sliced jalapeños and/or pumpkin seeds for garnish
1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
2. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, add carrot and continue cooking, stirring often, until the vegetables are soft, 4 to 5 minutes more. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in vegetable broth, scraping up any browned bits, and bring to a boil over high heat. Add pumpkin (or butternut squash), tomatoes, beans, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, salt and cayenne (if using). Cover and return to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook, uncovered, until the pumpkin (or squash) is tender, about 30 minutes.
3. Serve garnished with jalapeños, cheese and/or pumpkin seeds, if desired.
- To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 5 days; freeze for up to 6 months.