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; total fat 13g; saturated fat 5g; polyunsaturated fat 1g; monounsaturated fat 6g; cholesterol 75mg; sodium 313mg; potassium 746mg; carbohydrates 16g; fiber 4g; sugar 5g; protein 19g; trans fatty acidg; vitamin a 7774IU; vitamin c 24mg; thiaminmg; riboflavinmg; niacin equivalents 4mg; vitamin b6mg; folate 28mcg; vitamin b12 1mcg; calcium 101mg; iron 3mg.