Average: 5 (5 votes)
Active time
20 minutes
Total time
1 hour, 30 minutes
4 servings
Serving Size
1/4 recipe

2 ears corn, kernels removed from cob

2 ½ cups diced butternut squash

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

¼ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste

¾ teaspoon chili powder

1 cup wild rice

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

juice of 1 lime

4 ounces queso fresco (can substitute feta), crumbled or diced

Pepper to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Toss the corn kernels and butternut squash with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, along with the salt and chili powder. Spread the seasoned veggies in a thin layer over a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 25-35 minutes, until golden, tossing halfway through.
  2. While the veggies are baking, cook wild rice according to package instructions, then drain off any excess water.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cooked wild rice with the roasted corn and squash. Add the black beans, pepper, lime juice, and queso fresco, along with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Taste and adjust seasoning (salt and pepper) if necessary.
  4. Divide into 4 portions, and serve warm or chilled.

An Oldways recipe, courtesy of Kelly Toups


Calories: 470
Total Fat: 15g
Saturated Fat: 5g
Sodium: 530mg
Carbohydrate: 69g
Fiber: 13g
Total Sugar: 7g
Added Sugar: 7g
Protein: 20g

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1/4 recipe

How'd it Taste?

Kathleen Ray
Very good!
My Native American grandmother used to make this dish for us, I lost the recipe, But remembered its taste, It’s still delicious! Thanks for sharing!
Delicious warm or cold. Great as an entre or use a smaller portion as a side dish.
Excellent recipe
Kathleen Taleit...
This is AWESOME!! Native American Culture is almost a forgotten heritage, but the "Three Sisters" is not only an awesome recipe, a wonderful story in our culture. Three Sisters Legend #1 From http://www.birdclan.org/threesisters.htmretrieved The three sisters are Corn, Beans, and Squash. They are seen as the three beautiful sisters because they grow in the same mound in the garden. The Corn provides a ladder for the Bean Vine. They together give shade to the Squash. The Cherokee till the mound three times.
Kathleen Taleit...
BTW, I make mine a little different and more traditional to Cherokee recipe!
ava von sontausen
do tell! please!
Please share!!
Can not wait to try this recipe!
Elena Brooks
I only recently learned the nutritional story of the Three Sisters. I tried an other recipe which exposed my lack of kitchen skills. Delicious but a mess. I can't wait to try this recipe. Looks a almost foolproof, even for me!

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