For my Pumpkin Harvest Fall Entertaining Workshop, Butternut & Beef Chili was at the center of the menu.  Inspired by the chili at the Main Street Market & Cafe in Concord, Ma., this chili boasts roasted butternut squash instead of beans... funny for a 'beantown' area restaurant.  I'm not a huge bean fan, so this chili recipe is right up my alley.

The slight sweetness of the butternut is great with the spicy beef.  To add great texture and meatiness, I used stew meat that was slow cooked so it shredded apart... so, so good.   To top it off, I served it with a White Cheddar and Jalapeno Scone.

For all of the recipes on a printable card from my Workshop, click here.

For information about my next Workshop, "The Thanksgiving Host," click here!

sweet and spicy
Beef & Butternut Chili

    2 tablespoons of oil   
    3 pounds beef stew meat, cut in 1-inch cubes
    2 pounds of ground beef
    2 cups chopped yellow onions
    6 large garlic cloves, minced
    2 tablespoons chili powder
    1 tablespoon red pepper flakes, crushed
    2 tablespoons ground cumin
    3 bay leaves
    2 - 28 oz. cans of diced tomatoes with juice
    sea salt and cracked pepper
    2 cups of butternut squash, diced
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    sea salt and cracked pepper

Heat the oil in a very large pot and quickly brown the meat, in batches, on all sides. Transfer the stew meat to a separate bowl and set aside.  Brown ground beef in the same pot.  Add the onion and cook about 8 to 10 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, pepper flakes and cumin and saute for 1 minute.   Add bay leaf, tomatoes with their juice and the reserved stew meat. Reduce the heat, taste for seasoning.  Season with salt and pepper as needed.  Cover the pot with a tight fitting lid and simmer for 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Taste and season with salt, to taste.

On a baking sheet, drizzle diced butternut squash with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Roast the squash for 20-25 minutes at 425 degrees until tender and brown.

Add roasted butternut squash to the chili and simmer for 1 more hour.

For all of the recipes on a printable card from my Workshop, click here.

My next workshop is "The Thanksgiving Host" : Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?  If you've hosted Thanksgiving a thousand times or it is your first, this class will inspire your feast with new twists on classic Thanksgiving recipes.  I will share her tips for Hosting Thanksgiving like a Caterer with great make-ahead methods and a prep schedule that will make hosting easy and stress free.  I'll also share some Harvest themed table settings and DIY centerpieces for your feast.  

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