Slow Cooker White Bean Chili with Butternut Squash

Whew – the holidays are behind us and the new year is here.  Are you as tired of all the heavy holiday indulgences as I am?  For the next few weeks I’m going to be looking for quick and simple ways to feed the family some healthy meals while giving myself a break from some heavy kitchen duty.  If you’re feeling the same way they you’ll be doing yourself a favor by trying this utterly simple crock pot meal.  This easy White Bean Chili with Butternut Squash has a secret – it’s made from one of my favorite kitchen helpers – Hurst Family Harvest bean soup mix.

This recipe uses their Southwestern White Bean Chili.  It’s awesome, everything you need to make a complete, healthy, real food meal.  I keep several bags of these soups in the pantry for so many reasons.  Each and every version is delicious and I love that the seasoning is included to make dinner a breeze.  Plus they’re shelf stable so I can stock up and keep them around until needed, which is nice because I need them pretty often.  Bean soups are a wonderful thing to cook in a slow cooker, so dinner is truly effortless.  You can add in just about anything you have on hand or cook them as is.  You can’t go wrong.  In this version I added some butternut squash to increase the already nutrient rich meal.  Did you know that white beans are one of the best sources for iron?  So this is perfect for Meatless Mondays or any day you want to take a break from eating meat.   You may be thinking that butternut squash is a strange match for a spicy chili dish but my family would argue that point with you.  The sweetness of the winter squash balances these kicky spices making this a great choice for an easy weeknight family meal that can literally be ready the second you walk through the door in the evening.

**If all this convenience isn’t enough to sway you into giving the Hurst Family Harvest soups a try,  I’m happy to tell you that one lucky reader will win a $25.00 gift card to Publix Supermarket where you can find all the varieties of my favorite soup mix on the shelves.  Who couldn’t use a little help with their grocery bill right after the holidays?**

To enter just leave a comment telling me which of the Hurst Family Harvest Soups you’d like to try.  Easiest 25 bucks ever, right? 

Note: Contest open to U.S. residents ages 18 and over only.  Comments must be made by January 7, 2013 to be entered to win the gift card.  Winner will be announced on January 8th and notified via email.  Winner must respond to email within 3 business days or a new winner will be chosen.  Good Luck!!


Slow Cooker Southwestern White Bean Chili with Butternut Squash
Serves 4

1 package Hearst Family Harvest White Bean Chili
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups water
3 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
2 cups butternut squash, peeled and diced into bite sized pieces

1. Place beans in a large bowl and cover with 2 inches of water. Let soak overnight.
2. Place soaked beans and all other ingredients into slow cooker.
3. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours.
4. Serve warm

Disclaimer: Hearst Family Harvest provided me with the soup mix and the gift card to give away. All opinions are 100% my own, as usual.

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  1. Michelle Mastrangelo says

    I would actually love to try the white bean chili variety to make this recipe, except using sweet potatoes instead of butternut squash!! MmmMmM :)

  2. Simone says

    I am ready to try the traditional split pea soup. I love split pea soup and the Hurst mix with smoked hickorey seasoning looks great.

  3. Jen says

    Boy, that is the best sounding recipe I’ve heard in a long time! I would love to try Hurst’s white bean chili.

  4. Stacey says

    I love white bean chili!! Never had it with butternut squash…may be a way to get the kids to eat squash!!!

  5. Gladys says

    Although we like them all, the white bean chili with the butternut squash looks yummy!! It is one recipe to try!!

  6. Jody says

    I’ve never tried Hurst Family Harvest soup mix…I will look for them at Publix…recipe sounds great!

  7. Cathy Rasque says

    I LOVE white beans, so I think I would definitely have to try their Southwestern White Bean chili mix first. I have an awesome white chicken chili recipe that this would give just a kick of spice too! Thanks for the great review and the idea!

  8. Margaret says

    The Bayou Cajun Red Bean Soup sounds really yummy! I would add sauteed onions, sausage and ham to it.

  9. maggie says

    I would like to try the white bean chili. It is hard to find a good white bean chili, even in restaurants. I know I am oddd, but I like white bean chili better than regular chili.

  10. Alycia E says

    I would like to try the white bean chili because I love chili but have not tries homeade white bean chili. Yum

  11. Sarah Padrick says

    I would love to try the white bean chili. After seeing this post my stomach is telling me to go buy some right now!

  12. Crystal says

    I would love to try the Southwestern White bean chili so I could make your recipe, but the homestyle tri-bean soup also sounds delicious : )

  13. sara burhans says

    I would love to try the white bean chili. I just recently discovered canellini beans and they are delicious! I m
    ade a stew with turnip greens, mushrooms and plenty of garlic..yum!

  14. Jennifer says

    Never heard of this and always following you to find good alternatives for my two kids and husband. Would love to give it a try and there is a Publix just around the corner from me; shop there all the time. 😉