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Chipotle Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Chipotle Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

My hearty soup uses herbs and vegetables from the garden along with convenient pantry items, so it’s easy, fast and mostly fresh. Your family will devour it. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:5 servings


  • 2 cups diced peeled butternut squash
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth, divided
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (11 ounces) Mexicorn, drained
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • Fresh sage, optional


  • 1. In a large saucepan, saute the squash, carrot, onion and cumin in oil for 10 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add 1-1/2 cups broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until vegetables are tender; cool slightly.
  • 2. Transfer mixture to a blender; add the tomatoes, cream cheese, basil, chipotle pepper and remaining broth. Cover and process for 1-2 minutes or until smooth.
  • 3. Return to the saucepan; stir in the beans, corn and spinach. Cook and stir until spinach is wilted and soup is heated through. If desired, sprinkle with fresh sage. Yield: 5 servings.

Recipe Note

Editor’s Note: If garnish is desired, sprinkle butternut squash seeds with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 279 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 1097mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 10g fiber), 10g protein.

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Kartay User ID: 8650061 256316
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2016

"I wanted to love this soup but I just found there was too much in it. In fact, I had tasted it when there was just broth, spices, tomatoes, carrot and squash (I roasted mine) and found it delicious. I'll make it again but without the chipotle, corn, beans and cream cheese. May keep the spinach or may not."

tbonham9999 User ID: 8573221 256101
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2016

"Delicious. I may add another pepper next time to make a little more spicy."

greatwithoutgluten User ID: 6330173 256066
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2016

"We added smoked turkey breast at the end and wow! This was so tasty. I will be making this again for sure."

chefheidi18 User ID: 8210724 237740
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2015

"I really liked the flavor. I would do this again, just without the seeds of the chipotle pepper and with about a 1/3 of the pepper."

Allison Murphy User ID: 1550331 235682
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2015

"This soup is more like a meatless squash chili! Delicious!"

Summy User ID: 1386846 235374
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2015

"Excellent recipe! I made two changes because I didn't have all ingredients on hand. I didn't have the chipotle in adobo sauce. I just used dried chipotle: about 1/8 teaspoon, and it was just enough heat. I didn't have fresh basil, so instead of using a can of plain tomatoes I used the kind with basil, oregano and garlic in it. I will be making this on a regular basis this fall."

rjbeery75 User ID: 2114826 234338
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2015

"First time I made this, I used one chipotle pepper and it was very hot. Too hot for my husband. I made it again and used a 1/3 of a chipotle and it was perfect. Love this recipe, definitely a great comfort soup!"

KelliHill User ID: 6768571 226608
Reviewed May. 19, 2015

"Delicious! Didn't have any black beans so just left them out. Still so good."

beckihomecki User ID: 1537566 223129
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2015

"What is there to say but, EXCELLENT!!! I love spice so I add one more pepper in adbo. Also used fire roasted tomatoes and spicy corn. The only thing I do differently is I don't saute the squash first. I just add the first ingredients minus the oil and boil right away. Done it both ways. It's easier just boiling it and it tastes the same either way. Love this soup so much requested a submersion blender for Christmas so I can make it with more ease."

ooh! User ID: 5628505 95766
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2014

"This was AMAZING!!!!"

[email protected] User ID: 2731069 150610
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"Love love loved it!"

cathycooking User ID: 3735084 68098
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

"soup was delicious and very filling. The chipotle pepper in adobe sauce provided just a hint of spicy heat -- just right for us. Will definitely make again."

mrsohcook User ID: 7093830 95698
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

"Delicious! I was looking for a recipe to use butternut squash my In-laws gave me from their garden. This tasted great for a cold winter night. I only used one chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (found it in the Mexican foods in the grocery store), I might use two next time for a little more heat. My husband loved it so I will be making it again."

25kevin User ID: 2113564 150609
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2013

"We really liked this variation on squash soup. I could not find the chipotle pepper in adoble. I substituted with some chili powder and paprika. Nice and flavourful."

wanell User ID: 1996473 164856
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

"My family thought this soup was delicious and just the right amount of spice with the cumin and 1 chipotle pepper just like the recipe. I did not have any vegetable broth on hand so I used chicken broth. I'm not sure if that would make much difference in the taste but we really enjoyed it. I will make it again for sure."

McLarenVale User ID: 7092217 68094
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2013

"Experienced cook made this recipe exactly written, found the soup to be somewhat lacking in depth of flavor. I think that a yellow onion carmelized with the garlic, then add the squash, etc would go a long way to improving the flavor. Served with diced green onion and Parmesan on top and garlic crostini for dipping. Probably will try a different recipe next time :("

J_Lizarraga User ID: 7396533 96973
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

"My husband and I loved this soup. Hearty, filling, flavorful, healthy, this soup has it all. First time I have made butternut squash soup, all the other recipes always seem so bland. I added two chipolte peppers and a little extra of the sauce, it was HOT, we like spicy, but I am thinking using this much chipolte would be TOO much for most. Be careful with the peppers!! A little goes FAR. Can't wait to make again!!"

suezmike User ID: 4334572 95696
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

"MommaLittle, If you refer to the recipe it states 1 CHIPOLTE PEPPER IN ADOBO SAUCE, not 1 CAN! I can see why your soup was so spicy! Try again using just one or two peppers. I bet you will prefer it this way."

joedebfry User ID: 265172 165540
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

"Very good! I didn't use the entire amount of vegetable broth, leaving the soup a little thicker. I used low fat cream cheese to save a few calories. Great soup for fall weather!"

Kasha User ID: 179140 165275
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

"Excellent, good way to use up veggies from the garden, used fresh tomatoes instead of canned and strained the soup after blending"

MommaLittle User ID: 7063846 104517
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

"This soup is delicious, but it was so HOT! My husband and I like our food spicy, so didn't worry much about adding the whole can of pepper in adobo sauce. Youch! It made it so hot! We loved it in spite of the heat, though, so will keep making it from time to time (just with HALF the chipotle peppers)!! My family (back home) is vegetarian, so they will really appreciate it when I make it for them!"

rebelwithoutaclue User ID: 4288906 95695
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2013

"Butternut Squash soup is one of our favorites, so we had to try this one. Very, very nice taste. Forgot to buy the chipotle in adobo sauce. Substituted Mexican chili Lime Marinade from Lawry's (2tbl). It made it a milder taste and it worked! Now I have one more Butternt Squash soup recipe to add to my collection."

lovn1bar User ID: 3086387 126084
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2013

"A 5 star recipe! It's fantastic!!"

ejt325 User ID: 4790999 96972
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2013

"I used way to many peppers, but it was fantastic!"

lheming User ID: 5806410 68093
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2012

"Very healthy homemade soup! Have made it several times and you can spice it up as you like with the chipotle."

maggierood User ID: 6860935 68092
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2012

"I'm making this tonight for the third time. It's amazing!"

momio User ID: 2526647 95765
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"My family and I all loved this soup! My husband doesn't even like butternut squash and he really liked this soup. Good recipe!"

joniotto User ID: 1827180 68091
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2012

"Made this a few days ago when the weather was COLD and it really warmed things up! Love the spiciness and all of the healthy things packed into this soup - I served it with some cornbread and had a hearty meal. I found peeled, diced butternut squash sold in the frozen foods section at my supermarket and that made preparation much easier. Great recipe!"

preachermom User ID: 4175916 208899
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"I couldn't think of a way to peel the squash that didn't seem likely to cause injury so I baked the squash the night before. That worked quite well of course and my husband liked it enough to request that I keep the recipe."

dollargirl User ID: 939213 95692
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"Made it on Xmas Eve. My family lapped it up. Love the spicy, smoky chipotle flavor."

mama_mums User ID: 4007770 166997
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"Made this for the first time last night and the family was amazed- it is one of our new favorites for sure. Made a few adjustments like adding cooked turkey for extra protein and a little tomato sauce to combat the heat. Overall a WONDERFUL recipe!"

mermaidaaa99 User ID: 6258322 164855
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"My family didn't believe that I made it. They were convinced that I picked it up at a restaurant. DELICIOUS!!!

*We like our food a little spicy, so I doubled the amount of chipotle peppers. Also, instead of using Mexicorn I used can corn and fresh red and green bell peppers diced."

AngelaW1961 User ID: 3007238 95764
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2011

"New family favorite!! So easy to prepare. Tasty nutritious way it eat your veggies, another "keeper""

snackcake User ID: 4580851 95691
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2011

"would have enjoyed more with alittle less heat!next time i make it i will use something other then the chipotle pepper.i did double the recipe that could have been why it had more heat.made green onion cornmeal muffins from this site and went well with the soup. thanks!:)"

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 68088
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2010

"Yet another great vegetarian recipe- I love the zippy yet sweet taste of this good chill-chasing soup."

LorraineReid User ID: 1461159 150595
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"This soup is delicious. The first time I made it my husband said "So how bad is this for me, since it is so creamy". It is good for you and easy to make. I got this recipe 2 months ago and have made the soup three times already. Definitely a keeper."

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