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Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Posole

Slow cooker butternut squash posole stew is ridiculously easy to make. Cubes of orange butternut squash, pink pinto beans and diced tomatoes slowly cook in the chile seasoned broth. To serve, choose from garnishes of lime wedges, sliced radishes, toasted pumpkin seeds, avocado, cilantro and crumbled salty cheese.

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Posole

Hallelujah–starting this Sunday we’re working towards more sunlight everyday! It’s winter solstice. Take a moment to set aside the rush of the holidays, the parties, the shopping, the craziness of it all. It doesn’t matter if we also observe Christmas, or Hanukkah, or Kwanza, everyone can celebrate winter solstice–the return to light.

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Butternut Sqash Posole

Someone reminded me today of the solstice gathering we used to hold at our house. It wasn’t your normal holiday party. Instead it was a quiet meditation wishing happiness, peace, health and freedom, for ourselves, for those we love, and towards all beings.

I repeated the loving kindness phrases and Robbie played DJ with music both reflective and joyful. Songs like Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles awakened our hearts to the light. We usually concluded the celebration with John Lennon singing Imagine. We all shared hugs and then socialized over a fabulous potluck feast.

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Posole | Letty's Kitchen

Butternut posole would be perfect at a solstice party—it’s eaten this time of year in Mexico, traditionally on Christmas Eve. Usually made with pork, posole is named for its main ingredient, the large kernel hominy corn known as posole, or pozole. I love this slow cooker vegetarian version—you will too.

Here’s wishing you a joyful solstice. May the light in your heart shine into the world.

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P. S. to make this posole vegan, don’t garnish with the cheese.

P. P. S. You might enjoy reading more about metta meditation in my Red Velvet Beet Soup post.  This Greens and Potato soup recipe features posole or hominy too.

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Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Posole | Letty's Kitchen
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Posole
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 20 mins

This Mexican inspired posole is perfect for a party or a busy day. In the morning put everything in the crockpot--a delicious vegetarian stew will be waiting for you in 8 hours. Butternut squash shines when cooked in a slow cooker because the squash keeps a firmer texture and shape than it might in the oven or on the stovetop.

Servings: 12 servings.
Author: Letty Flatt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion , chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 6 dried guajillo chile peppers (see note)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 butternut squash , cut in ¾-inch dice (4 to 6 cups) (see note)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (28-ounce) can hominy, drained and rinsed
  • About 2 ½ to 3 cups cooked pinto beans , or 2 (15-ounce cans), drained and rinsed
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • sea salt , as needed
  • Red pepper flakes , optional
  • Lime wedges
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Toasted pumpkin seeds
  • Sliced radishes
  • Crumbled cotija or feta cheese
  • Avocado cubes or slices
  • Tortilla chips , optional
  1. Put the olive oil, onion and garlic in a slow cooker stoneware insert. Break the top stem from the chiles and discard. Shake away any seeds that fall easily out of the chiles, but don’t fuss getting them all out. Add the chiles to the onions and garlic. Stir in the tomatoes, butternut squash, vegetable broth, hominy, beans and oregano. Cover and cook on High for 8 hours.
  2. Carefully remove the chiles. Adjust the seasoning to your taste with salt and red pepper flakes.
  3. Ladle the posole into large bowls. At the table, let everyone squeeze a lime wedge or two into their bowl, and garnish as they wish with cilantro, pumpkin seeds, radishes, cheese, and avocado. Serve with tortilla chips, if desired.
Recipe Notes
  • Frozen butternut squash cubes can substitute for fresh cut.
  • Dried guajillo chiles have smooth maroon-colored skins. They measure 4 to 6 inches long, about 1 3/4 inches wide. Look for packaged guajillo chiles in Mexican food markets.
Easy one-pot Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Posole made with dried chiles, hominy and pinto beans. Garnish with cotija cheese, avocado and cilantro.


  • I Love this post Letty. The Posole looks amazing and it brings back wonderful Park City Sangha memories for me when you spoke about the meditation piece! Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipes. 🙂 Reply · 19 December, 2014

    • Letty

      You are welcome. Happy Solstice to you! Reply · 19 December, 2014

  • Posole in a Los Angeles obsession, butternut squash makes it perfect. GREG Reply · 21 December, 2014

    • Letty

      Must be the texture of hominy corn. and the chile. Reply · 21 December, 2014

  • Savvy

    have been eating posole since early trips to Taos in the 90’s! thanks for the combo here!! Reply · 4 January, 2015

    • Letty

      Don’t you love the texture of the corn? Thanks for the comment! Reply · 4 January, 2015

  • Diane

    Big thanks for this one Letty, both Geoff and I love it!

    Diane Reply · 9 February, 2015

    • Letty

      You are welcome. We can buy fresh (not from can) vacuum-packed posole in Los Barriles. Reply · 10 February, 2015

  • […] You might also like my Greens and Potato Soup with hominy corn. Or this Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Posole. […] Reply · 23 December, 2015

  • Allison Shayne

    Hi Letty,
    Happy New YEAR!!
    I am a Salt Lake City Local..foodie,play girl,dog loving nordic skiing mama..
    I love your blog..thank you!!
    I added green chiles and cinnamon and graded Mexican chocolate to your was delicious! Thank you,Ally Reply · 3 January, 2016

    • Hi Allison! So happy you are here and pleased to meet you–virtually…
      Mmmm, love the additions of chiles, cinnamon and chocolate to the posole stew! Reply · 3 January, 2016

  • […] posole, the hearty Mexican stew. It usually comes in large cans–freeze the extra to make this Butternut Squash Posole […] Reply · 9 February, 2016

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