Asian-Spiced Pork Chili with Butternut Squash

Asian inspired pork chili

Meat | November 6, 2017 | By

Sweater weather is here! It’s also snuggle-under-your-covers weather, hibernate-for-the-winter weather, eat-lots-of-warm-comforting-food weather… well you get the idea! We aim to please! Here’s a comforting bowl of Asian-Spiced Pork Chili that will warm your tootsies (actually head to toe) and make you scoop that second helping. Yes, it’s that good! We used so many yummy veggies in this chili, like cubed butternut squash, multi-colored bell peppers, onions and garlic, plus three kinds of beans. But it’s the spices that will have you begging for more — cumin, Chinese Five Spice, coriander, and sambal oelek (Thai red chili paste). Bet you’ve never tasted a chili like this before! Top with slices of avocado, a dollop of sour cream, and sprinkles of fresh cilantro. Serve with our crazy-delicious Jalapeño Corn Bread for an absolutely perfect winter meal!

Asian-inspired pork chiliTop this heavenly bowl of Asian-Spiced Pork Chili with slices of avocado and a dollop of light sour cream.

butternut squashCubed butternut squash is the perfect ingredient in this chili, along with the three types of beans and colorful bell peppers.

mini bell peppers Tri-colored mini bell peppers bring so much brightness to this chili recipe. Use regular-sized bell peppers if these aren’t available.

Asian-inspired pork chiliCan’t you just smell the aromas from this comforting Asian-Spiced Pork Chili?

Asian-inspired pork chiliYou’ll be going for seconds (maybe thirds) when you serve this dish!

jalapeno cornbreadServe this chili with a side of our tasty Jalapeño Corn Bread. It’s the bomb!

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Asian-Spiced Pork Chili with Butternut Squash
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 1 14.5 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14.5 oz. can white cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14.5 oz. can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 15 oz. cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese Five Spice
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (red chili paste)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 avocado, thin sliced for garnish
  • Sour cream for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large Dutch oven, sauté the pork on medium-high heat until just browned, breaking pork into bits while cooking. Remove the pork and let it sit on paper towels to drain. Wipe out the pot with paper towels.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon canola oil to the pot over medium-high heat. Sauté the garlic and onions until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add in the bell peppers and butternut squash, and sauté another 5 minutes until peppers are just softened. Stir in the black beans, cannellini beans, garbanzo beans, and tomatoes and let cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the cumin, coriander, Chinese Five Spice, sambal oelek, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the pork back into the chili and stir to combine well. Let simmer another 5 minutes, uncovered.
  3. Garnish the chili with fresh cilantro, avocado slices and a dollop of sour cream. Serve with a side of our Jalapeño Corn Bread.

If you liked this recipe, try our Stuffed Peppers with Turkey & Rice

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Roasted Butternut Squash Wonton Bites

butternut squash wontons

Starters | December 6, 2016 | By

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Came across this seasonal recipe on Food & Wine’s website recently and knew I had to transform it into an Asian-style wonton for the holidays!  It’s our twist on a butternut squash ravioli, combining the sweetness of the roasted butternut squash and garlic with the delicate heat from Asian spices.  Fresh wontons sure beat the frozen-in-the-bag version!  I served this up at Thanksgiving for a truly unique appetizer and they were “gobbled” up in minutes (no pun intended!).  Dazzle your party guests and make this at home for your upcoming holiday party!  

Place the stuffed wonton wrappers on a baking sheet before steaming.

wontons-on-tray_600x400Steam the wontons in a bamboo steamer or stove-top steaming insert.

wontons-in-steamer_600x400Fry the wontons in a skillet after steaming, and serve warm!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Wonton Bites
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 whole bulb of garlic
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon Chinese Five Spice
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped (extra for garnish)
  • 14 wonton wrappers
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place butternut squash on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper over top. Toss together and rearrange to a single layer on the pan.
  2. Cut off the tip of the garlic bulb and place in the middle of a sheet of aluminum foil. Fold the sides around the garlic bulb sealing at the top. Place both the baking sheet and garlic in the oven. Roast the butternut squash for about 25 minutes or until nicely browned but not burned. Roast the garlic for 45 minutes. Remove both from oven and let cool.
  3. In a medium nonstick skillet, add teaspoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté the shallots about 3 minutes until softened. Set aside to cool. Wipe out the skillet.
  4. To make the filling: Squeeze out the roasted garlic from the skin into a medium mixing bowl. Add in the butternut squash, shallots, Chinese Five Spice, cayenne pepper, and basil. Mash together with a fork.
  5. To make the wontons: Using one wonton wrapper at a time, place a teaspoonful of butternut mixture into the middle of the wrapper. Using your fingertip, brush the two top sides with water and fold up to meet the top, forming a triangle. Brush the two pointed ends with water and fold the ends over each other to seal, forming a pocket. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Repeat with other wonton wrappers.
  6. Place the wontons in a single layer in a bamboo steamer or other stove-top steamer sprayed with cooking spray. Steam for about 10 minutes. Heat the non-stick skillet with canola oil over medium-high heat. Brown the wontons for about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer the wontons to a serving platter. Sprinkle with cheese and garnish with extra basil. Serve immediately.
Notes
Adapted from: Food & Wine / Butternut Squash and Sage Wontons

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