Pork and Butternut Squash Chili

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Pork and Butternut Squash Chili
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Pork and Butternut Squash Chili

With a lean cut of pork and a massive amount of nutrients from winter squash, this chili delivers on all levels. Make a batch for a sports viewing party; no one will be the wiser of its health benefits.

Ingredients

Servings   8   Serving Size   1.5 cup

  • 2 pound lean pork tenderloin (cut into 1-inch pieces, all visible fat discarded)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil (divided)
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 4 celery stalks (finely chopped)
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped (plus more for garnish, if desired)
  • 2 tablespoon no-salt-added tomato paste
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon sodium-free chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 can no-salt-added, diced tomatoes
  • 2 (12-ounce) packages frozen cooked winter squash puree, thawed
  • 1 (1 1/2-pound) small butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed, and diced (about 2 cups diced)
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans no-salt-added cannellini or white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions (optional)

Directions

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  1. Cut the pork into 1-inch pieces. Add 1/2 tablespoon oil to a large Dutch oven and warm over medium-high heat. Stirring occasionally, sauté pork until golden-brown about 7 to 8 minutes. Transfer pork to a small bowl and reserve.
  2. Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil to the Dutch oven, along with onion and celery. Saute until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Add chopped jalapeno, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Saute for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add water and diced tomatoes, using a spatula to scrape the bottom of the pan for caramelized bits as you stir.
  3. Stir in cooked winter squash and reserved pork. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat. Loosely cover with lid and reduce the heat so mixture is at a simmer. Cook until pork is tender, about 1 hour.
  4. Meanwhile, cut the butternut squash in half vertically. Use a vegetable peeler or a knife to remove the peel. Remove the seeds with a spoon and discard. Cut squash into a 1-inch dice. When ready (after the 1 hour cooking time), stir squash and beans into the chili. Bring to a boil over high heat; again, loosely cover with lid and reduce heat to low so chili is simmering. Cook until butternut squash is tender, about 30 minutes.
  5. Ladle chili into bowls and, if desired, garnish with chopped jalapeno, cilantro, and scallions.

Cooking Tip: Can't find cooked winter squash in the freezer aisle? Just substitute 2 (15-ounce) cans pumpkin puree.

Keep it Healthy: Butternut squash has a massive amount of Vitamin A, which aids in good vision and a healthy immune system. Stirring thawed frozen purees into a variety of chilis and stews is an easy way to add nutrients into meals.

Tip: Tweak the chili powder and jalapeno amounts, depending on spice preference.

Nutrition Facts

Pork and Butternut Squash Chili

CaloriesCalories

301 Per Serving

ProteinProtein

31.2g Per Serving

FiberFiber

9.1g Per Serving

Nutrition Facts

Calories 301
Total Fat 5.4 g
Saturated Fat 1.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.1 g
Cholesterol 73.7 mg
Sodium 148 mg
Total Carbohydrate 33.0 g
Dietary Fiber 9.1 g
Sugars 5.7 g
Added Sugars 0 g
Protein 31.2 g

Dietary Exchanges
2 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 1/2 lean meat

Copyright © 2018 American Heart Association, Healthy for Good™. Every purchase helps fund the work of the AHA/ASA.

With a lean cut of pork and a massive amount of nutrients from winter squash, this chili delivers on all levels. Make a batch for a sports viewing party; no one will be the wiser of its health benefits.

Nutrition Facts

Pork and Butternut Squash Chili

CaloriesCalories

301 Per Serving

ProteinProtein

31.2g Per Serving

FiberFiber

9.1g Per Serving
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Calories 301
Total Fat 5.4 g
Saturated Fat 1.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.1 g
Cholesterol 73.7 mg
Sodium 148 mg
Total Carbohydrate 33.0 g
Dietary Fiber 9.1 g
Sugars 5.7 g
Added Sugars 0 g
Protein 31.2 g

Dietary Exchanges
2 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 1/2 lean meat

Ingredients

Servings   8   Serving Size   1.5 cup

  • 2 pound lean pork tenderloin (cut into 1-inch pieces, all visible fat discarded)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil (divided)
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 4 celery stalks (finely chopped)
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped (plus more for garnish, if desired)
  • 2 tablespoon no-salt-added tomato paste
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon sodium-free chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 can no-salt-added, diced tomatoes
  • 2 (12-ounce) packages frozen cooked winter squash puree, thawed
  • 1 (1 1/2-pound) small butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed, and diced (about 2 cups diced)
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans no-salt-added cannellini or white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions (optional)

Directions

Tip: Click on step to mark as complete.

  1. Cut the pork into 1-inch pieces. Add 1/2 tablespoon oil to a large Dutch oven and warm over medium-high heat. Stirring occasionally, sauté pork until golden-brown about 7 to 8 minutes. Transfer pork to a small bowl and reserve.
  2. Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil to the Dutch oven, along with onion and celery. Saute until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Add chopped jalapeno, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Saute for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add water and diced tomatoes, using a spatula to scrape the bottom of the pan for caramelized bits as you stir.
  3. Stir in cooked winter squash and reserved pork. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat. Loosely cover with lid and reduce the heat so mixture is at a simmer. Cook until pork is tender, about 1 hour.
  4. Meanwhile, cut the butternut squash in half vertically. Use a vegetable peeler or a knife to remove the peel. Remove the seeds with a spoon and discard. Cut squash into a 1-inch dice. When ready (after the 1 hour cooking time), stir squash and beans into the chili. Bring to a boil over high heat; again, loosely cover with lid and reduce heat to low so chili is simmering. Cook until butternut squash is tender, about 30 minutes.
  5. Ladle chili into bowls and, if desired, garnish with chopped jalapeno, cilantro, and scallions.

Cooking Tip: Can't find cooked winter squash in the freezer aisle? Just substitute 2 (15-ounce) cans pumpkin puree.

Keep it Healthy: Butternut squash has a massive amount of Vitamin A, which aids in good vision and a healthy immune system. Stirring thawed frozen purees into a variety of chilis and stews is an easy way to add nutrients into meals.

Tip: Tweak the chili powder and jalapeno amounts, depending on spice preference.

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