• 2 8-oz sirloin steaks, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 pound nitrate-free bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 sweet red peppers, chopped
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes (I use Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted)
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes (I use Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted)
  • 2 Tbsp olive or coconut oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2-1 tsp sea salt

Garnish (optional)

  • 2 avocados, cubed or mashed and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • sliced black olives
  • chopped onion
  • chopped jalapenos


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Peel and cube squash, transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until it just begins to soften. Remove from oven and set aside.

While squash bakes, warm 1 Tbsp oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Add steak and brown on one side, crumble meat and sausage into the pot, stir, and cook until all of the meat is just cooked through, stirring occasionally.

At the same time, in a large skillet over medium heat, warm 1 Tbsp oil. Add chopped onion and peppers and cook until onion starts to become translucent, about 10-15 minutes.

Add squash, onions, peppers, tomatoes, and spices to meat mixture. Stir and simmer for 30-60 minutes or until all of the flavors are married.

Top with mashed avocado, chopped onion, chopped jalapeno, and chopped black olive, if desired.