Texas Beef with Butternut Squash


Tough on the outside but tender at heart, butternut squash adds a rich, filling vegetable component to this slow cooked beef dinner.

Texas Beef with Butternut Squash
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
25 mins
Slow Cook Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 25 mins


  • 1 ½ pound beef chuck roast

  • 4 cup cubed peeled butternut squash (1 1/2-inch cubes)

  • 2 14.5 ounce cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 ½ cup no-salt-added beef broth or water

  • ¾ cup chopped onion (1 large)

  • 1 4 ounce can diced green chiles

  • 1 tablespoon ground ancho chile powder

  • 2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • Snipped fresh cilantro

  • Hot cooked polenta or hot cooked rice (optional)


  1. Trim beef roast and cut beef into 2-inch pieces. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker stir together beef, squash, tomatoes, beef broth, onion, chiles, chile powder, cocoa powder, cumin, oregano, and garlic.

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. Sprinkle each serving with cilantro. If desired, serve with polenta or hot cooked rice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

258 Calories
13g Fat
16g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 258
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 313mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 24.2mg 121%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 3.4mg 19%
Potassium 746mg 16%
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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