Butternut Squash Chili Cheese Dip
CHILI VS. QUESO BATTLE IT OUT IN A GODDAMN DELICIOUS DUEL WHERE THE ONLY WINNER IS YOU
In a small bowl, mix together the flour, cumin, chili powder, and smoked paprika and set it aside.
Grab a medium-sized soup pot and warm the olive oil over a medium heat. Throw in the tempeh and onion and sauté that shit ‘til they start to get golden in some places, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle over the Braggs, liquid smoke, smoked paprika and cumin until everything looks covered, about another minute. Now add flour and spice mixture and the rest of the oil and keep stirring until it starts to thicken up and smell kinda toasty. Yeah, that’s right, we’re making a roux bitches. Grab a small whisk and slowly add the vegetable broth while you whisk. It will start to look like little lumps of playdough. You aren’t fucking up. Trust the system. Add the diced tomatoes and all their juices and keep stirring, it should be a lot smoother looking now with the only chunks being those tasty as hell tomatoes.
Now pour in the butternut squash, the nutritional yeast, garlic, jalapenos, lime juice, and salt. Stir well so there aren’t any chunks other than the tomatoes, onion, and tempeh, and turn down the heat to low. Let everything simmer together for 3-5 minutes so that it the flavors get all mixed up and the sauce thickens. Serve that fucker up warm and right away. It’s great with corn chips and leftovers are bomb over some noodles.
* Canned is cool here.
** It’s easy af to make. Skin and chop up a butternut squash into chunks about the size of a dime until you get about 3 cups. Throw it in a pot with a steamer basket and some water, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes until the squash is tender. Throw it in a blender or food processor and puree that shit. OR you can use a can of pureed pumpkin here since like 95% of that shit is just butternut squash anyways.