Southwestern Pork and Squash Soup Recipe
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Southwestern Pork and Squash Soup Recipe

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I adapted a pork and squash stew recipe, using tomatoes and Southwestern-style seasonings. My husband and sons loved it, and the leftovers were even better the next day! Try it with fresh corn muffins. —Molly Newman, Portland, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 220 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 708mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 7g fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 vegetable, 2 lean meat, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large skillet, brown pork and onion in oil; drain. Transfer to a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until meat is tender. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Southwestern Pork and Squash Soup in Slow Cooker Recipe Cards 2012 2012, p49

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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mentormarisse User ID: 8583224 235462
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2015

"I used fresh tomatoes and didn't find oregano handy and so, omitted it but it still tasted great!!!"

Idella Rogers User ID: 1675298 212013
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2012

"I used chicken instead of pork, because of what we had on hand. Will make this again and again changing meats and vegetables. A very versatile recipe."

Gr8Accountant User ID: 6825274 175374
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"I've prepared this recipe twice. I tweaked it a bit by substituting red potatoes for the squash. I think sweet potatoes would be great too, it's just that I love red potatoes. I cut the pork into smaller pieces, thickened the sauce to return it to more of a stew, used fresh chilis, and used "no salt added" diced tomatoes. This is a really good looking dish, very tasty and healthy."

abzuidema User ID: 3480874 180306
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2012

"This soup has great flavor and is super easy. I doubled the recipe, but only used 1 can of tomatoes with the chilies and it still had a nice kick."

swinny User ID: 1858482 175567
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2012

"Delicious & I made some corn bread to put in the soup!!! Yum :)"

paulaac User ID: 5101308 175563
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2012

"I made this recipe using less chili powder and cumin and added a drained and rinsed (low sodium) can of black beans the last hour of cooking. Will be making this again."

Topher1 User ID: 5336431 175372
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2012

"The next time I make this I will add a thickener to make a stew and add more vegetables. For barnett1234, you may have to add salt to taste if you used low-sodium broth. I had home made broth and it was delish."

richtercory User ID: 3843046 175370
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2012

"I made this yesterday and it was delicious! I had leftovers today and it has thickened up some and is tasty as ever! I will be making this again!"

barnett1234 User ID: 5666796 111961
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2012

"I made this recipe following exactly the directions, but am a little disappointed with it. The flavoring is not quite right for me. Probably too much chile powder and recipe seems to be lacking something. Maybe someone else can make it and tweak it to be more tasty. Am open to suggestions as it seems to be quite healthy."

[email protected] User ID: 5774466 123039
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2012

"Made for lunch today.... excellent... a little on the spicy side so if you don't like a lot of spice cut the chili powder in half. Had to use a fresh dug sweet potato since the butternut squash are not quite ready, but it was delicious!! will be making this again.. maybe with some cornbread. thanks for sharing!!"

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