September 9, 2020

Cheddar butternut squash and black bean chowder

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Finished bowl of cheddar butternut squash and black bean chowder.

A hearty soup filled with butternut squash, black beans, corn, and cheddar cheese makes for a delicious way to warm up on a cool fall day. 

As the days start to get darker and a little cooler, soups, chowders, and chilis begin to make more frequent appearances on our menu. They are a favorite of mine year round, but especially during the colder and darker months. 

This chowder is made with one of my most favorite fall produce items - winter squash, specifically butternut squash. I was very excited to see a butternut squash in my produce box from Melissa's Produce. Winter squash are so versatile in flavor, texture, and uses.

This soup is packed full of vegetables and black beans and then a sharp cheddar makes the broth thick and cheesy making this great way to eat more vegetables. I find that cheese almost always makes vegetables more appealing to kids, and really people of all ages. It's also a simple and hearty vegetarian meal. 

Make a big pot of this cozy autumn chowder and get ready for a lovely fall. Serve it with a loaf of crusty bread or a side or corn tortilla chips.

Close-up of a bowl of cheddar butternut squash and black bean chowder with a spoon.

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Yield: 4-6 servings
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Cheddar Butternut Squash & Black Bean Chowder

Cheddar Butternut Squash & Black Bean Chowder

A hearty soup filled with butternut squash, black beans, corn, and cheddar cheese makes for a delicious way to warm up on a cool fall day.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup half and half or cream
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups peeled and diced butternut squash
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 can (15.5 oz.) black beans, drained
  • 8 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • fresh cilantro, for topping, optional


  1. In a large soup pot, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and carrots and cook, stirring often, until the onion is translucent. Add about 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and the garlic and stir well.
  2. Stir in the smoked paprika, oregano, and ground coriander. Add the broth and stir well.
  3. In a medium bowl or glass measuring cup, whisk together the half and half and flour until smooth and slowly whisk it into the soup.
  4. Stir in the butternut squash. Let the soup come to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook, stirring often, until the broth is thickened and the squash is fork-tender.
  5. Stir in the corn and beans and cook until heated. Remove the pot from the heat and whisk in the cheddar and handful at a time.
  6. Check and adjust seasoning as needed. Serve hot and top with chopped cilantro, if desired.


Corn chips would also make a delicious topping for this chowder. Serve with a side of those or some crusty bread for dipping.
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Close-up of a spoon taking a bite of cheddar butternut squash and black bean chowder from a serving bowl.

Check out these other fall soup and chili recipes: 

Beef & Butternut Squash Chocolate Chili

(Un)Stuffed Banana Pepper Soup

Chipotle Turkey, Apple, & Sweet Potato Chili 

Cheddar Broccoli Soup

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  1. This is showing up for a Meatless Monday or Soup Saturday meal in the very near future.

  2. It's nearly SOUP time here and this chowder will be made. I love the beans in this - great add!

  3. Yup, this time of the year is the start of high soup season for us, too. This looks great -- exactly what I'm craving at the moment. Thanks!

  4. I love soups all year round! This looks so tasty and packed full of flavours.

  5. This sounds amazing for fall. A hearty chowder with fall veggies and cheese? YUM

  6. That sounds so hearty and nutritious! Perfect for when the weather changes!

  7. I'm ready for fall soups. This cheesy one sounds so good!

  8. Some cooler weather in the forecast, finally time for soup! Love the protein boost from the black beans. Looks delicious!

  9. While we won't have cool weather for some time, I always enjoy a good soup. This sounds like a good one.

  10. This is the best cheese soup I have ever tasted! I love the addition of the black beans!

  11. That is one hearty and delicious bowl of yum!! I love all those flavors and that there's squash in there. Yum!

  12. Fall cool temps are here and I LOVE a good soup or chowder. This looks wonderful and I love adding fresh squash too.

  13. It is chilly here and this soup looks so so so good.


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