Lightly spiced beef chuck roast combines perfectly with soft butternut squash in the slow cooker. A surprising ingredient is unsweetened cocoa powder, which gives the dish a rich flavor. Serve with crusty French bread to soak up the sauce.

Source: Midwest Living


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Trim beef roast and cut beef into 2-inch pieces. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker stir together beef, squash, tomatoes, beef broth, onion, chiles, chile powder, cocoa powder, cumin, oregano, and garlic.

Instructions Checklist
  • Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. Sprinkle each serving with cilantro. If desired, serve with polenta or hot cooked rice.

Nutrition Facts

258 calories; 13 g total fat; 5 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 6 g monounsaturated fat; 75 mg cholesterol; 313 mg sodium. 746 mg potassium; 16 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 19 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 7774 IU vitamin a; 24 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 4 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 28 mcg folate; 1 mcg vitamin b12; 101 mg calcium; 3 mg iron;