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Recipe for Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili

Butternut squash and black bean chili recipe with farmer’s market fresh ingredients developed by the California Culinary Centers for school food service menu planning.

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili

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Yields 50 Servings

This recipe yields one–12 inch by 20 inch by 6 inch, steam table pan of chili for 50 servings: 1 cup or one number 4 scoop.

Ingredients

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  • 15 pounds as purchased (AP) squash, butternut, cubed, ready-to-use
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup of fresh garlic cloves
  • 1 pound AP fresh yellow onions
  • 2 pounds AP fresh green bell peppers
  • 2 pounds AP fresh red bell peppers
  • 2 ounces AP fresh whole jalapeno peppers
  • 2 quarts and 2 cups canned, low-sodium black beans (equal to 1 number 10 can) (U.S. Department of Agriculture food item)
  • 3 quarts canned, whole stewed tomatoes (equal to 1 number 10 can)
  • 1 cup fresh green onions
  • ¼ cup ground cumin
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro

Directions

  1. Place squash in a 12 inch by 20 inch by 6 inch steam table pan. Toss squash in olive oil. Place on parchment-lined 18 inch by 26 inch by 1 inch sheet pans. Roast in 400°F conventional oven for 30 minutes until tender. Remove from oven.
  2. Add roasted squash to 30 gallon steam-jacketed kettle.
  3. Peel garlic and mince finely. Peel and trim onions and chop into ½ inch pieces. Add onions and garlic to squash and cook until translucent, about 10 minutes over medium heat setting.
  4. Rinse green and red bell peppers under cool running water. Remove pith, stems, and seeds and chop into ½ inch pieces to measure 2½ cups green bell peppers and 2½ cups red bell peppers. Add bell peppers to squash mixture.
  5. Rinse jalapeno peppers under cool running water. Remove pith, stem, and seeds and chop fine to measure ¼ cup. Add jalapenos to squash mixture.
  6. Drain beans and add to squash mixture.
  7. Add tomatoes to squash mixture. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  8. Rinse green onions under cool running water and trim. Chop green onions into ¼ inch slices. Add to squash mixture.
  9. Add cumin, chili powder, and salt to squash mixture.
  10. Simmer on low heat, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  11. Rinse cilantro under cool running water. Remove stems and chop leaves. Add half of the chopped cilantro to the chili, reserving the other half for garnish.
  12. Critical Control Point: Hold chili at 135°F or higher for service. If held for next day service, reduce temperature from 135°F to 70°F within 2 hours and from 70°F to 41°F or colder within an additional 4 hours. Reheat to at least 165°F for 15 seconds for service.
  13. Portion 1 cup serving (one number 4 scoop) into a 10 ounce or larger bowl. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro.

Nutritional Analysis

  • Calories, in K calories: 136.00
  • Carbohydrates, in grams: 25.07
  • Protein, in grams: 5.33
  • Saturated fat, in grams: 0.43
  • Trans fat, in grams: 0
  • Total fat, in grams: 2.85
  • Sodium, in milligrams: 272.65

Yields 100 Servings

This recipe yields two–12 inch by 20 inch by 6 inch, steam table pans of chili for 100 servings: 1 cup or one number 4 scoop.

Ingredients list includes measure by weight or volume. Choose one measure, either weight or volume, for the ingredient. Weight is listed first in bold.

  • 30 pounds as purchased (AP) AP squash, butternut, cubed, ready-to-use
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup fresh garlic cloves
  • 2 pounds AP fresh yellow onions
  • 4 pounds AP fresh green bell peppers
  • 4 pounds AP fresh red bell peppers
  • 4 ounces AP fresh whole jalapeno peppers
  • 1 gallon and 1 quart canned low-sodium black beans (equal to 2 number 10 cans) (U.S. Department of Agriculture food item)
  • 1 gallon and 2 quarts canned, whole stewed tomatoes (equal to 2 number 10 cans)
  • 2 cups fresh green onions
  • ½ cup ground cumin
  • ½ cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups fresh cilantro

Directions

  1. Place squash in two–12 inch by 20 inch by 6 inch steam table pans. Toss squash in olive oil. Place on parchment-lined 18 inch by 26 inch by 1 inch sheet pans. Roast in 400°F conventional oven for 30 minutes until tender. Remove from oven.
  2. Add roasted squash to 30 gallon steam-jacketed kettle.
  3. Peel garlic and mince finely. Peel and trim onions and chop into ½ inch pieces. Add onions and garlic to squash and cook until translucent, about 10 minutes over medium heat setting.
  4. Rinse green and red bell peppers under cool running water. Remove pith, stems, and seeds and chop into ½ inch pieces, to measure 1 quart plus 1 cup green bell pepper and 1 quart plus 1 cup red bell pepper. Add bell peppers to squash mixture.
  5. Rinse jalapeno peppers under cool running water. Remove pith, stem and seeds and chop fine, ½ cup. Add jalapenos to squash mixture.
  6. Drain beans and add to squash mixture.
  7. Add tomatoes to squash mixture. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring often.
  8. Rinse green onions under cool running water and trim. Chop green onions into ¼ inch slices. Add to squash mixture.
  9. Add cumin, chili powder, and salt to squash mixture.
  10. Simmer on low heat, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  11. Rinse cilantro under cool running water. Remove stems and chop leaves. Add half of the chopped cilantro to the chili, reserving the other half for garnish.
  12. Critical Control Point: Hold chili at 135°F or higher for service. If held for next day service, reduce temperature from 135°F to 70°F within 2 hours and from 70°F to 41°F or colder within an additional 4 hours. Reheat to at least 165°F for 15 seconds for service.
  13. Portion 1 cup serving (one number 4 scoop) into a 10 ounce or larger bowl. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro. 

Nutritional Analysis

  • Calories, in K calories: 136.00
  • Carbohydrates, in grams: 25.07
  • Protein, in grams: 5.33
  • Saturated fat, in grams: 0.43
  • Trans fat, in grams: 0.00
  • Total fat, in grams: 2.85
  • Sodium, in milligrams: 272.65

General Recipe Information

Category

  • Soups, stews, chili recipes
  • Meatless or plant-based recipes

Serving Suggestion

  • Yield 50 or yield 100–1 cup servings

Contribution to Meal Pattern

The contribution to the meal pattern for this recipe is based on the suggested serving size above.

  • 0.50 ounce equivalents meat/meat alternative
  • 1 cup vegetables (¾ cup red/orange vegetables and ¼ cup other vegetable)

If you decide to modify this recipe or serving size, you may use the tools available on the CA Culinary Centers Standardized Recipes web page Resources tab to create your own standardized recipe or find the contribution to the meal pattern.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Items

  • Canned low-sodium black beans

Recipe Roots (Flavor Profile)

  • American Classic
  • Central/South America
  • Mediterranean

Preparation Time

  • Preparation to serve time: 1½ hours for 50 servings and 2 hours for 100 servings

Critical Control Point (CCP)

  • CCP: Hold chili at 135°F or higher for service
  • CCP: If held for next day service, reduce temperature from 135°F to 70°F within two hours and from 70°F to 41°F or colder within an additional four hours.
  • CCP: Reheat to at least 165°F for 15 seconds for service.

Kid Rating

Five-fork kid rating.

Culinary Center

Woodlake Unified School District

 

Questions:   Nutrition Services | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Monday, May 08, 2023
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