Slow cooker golden acorn squash chili, from Coconut & Lime
Any recipe that packs four different heat-producing ingredients into one bowl, like this golden acorn squash chili, goes right to the top of my list. Rachel of Coconut & Lime balances the natural sweetness of acorn squash with fresh, smoked, and dried ground peppers. Best of all, everything goes into a slow cooker at once, and hangs out for up to eight hours. Use other winter squash (blue hubbard would be wonderful), or combine several types. Vegan and gluten-free, the stew is hearty and zesty enough to serve to your football-watching friends at halftime.