November 5, 2014

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

A couple weeks ago I cooked this chili up for dinner after work, and it turned out amazing! I had read a couple recipes that used pumpkin as chili base, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much thicker my chili came out. The pumpkin flavor isn't prominent, so don't worry this won't taste like a pumpkin pie. It's the perfect fall dinner plus was on the table in less than an hour!

I make this on the stovetop, but you could also set this up in your crockpot before you leave for work, cooking on low for 6 hours.   

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Turkey Pumpkin Chili 

Serves 4-6

Ingredients: 

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 pound of lean ground turkey
 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
1 can pumpkin puree (15 oz.)
1/2 cup of water
2 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tbsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 can black beans (15 oz.), rinsed and drained
ground salt and pepper, to taste
shredded or crumbled cheese for topping (optional)

Directions: 

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat and cook onion, bell pepper, and garlic until browned. Add turkey and cook until browned.
Add tomatoes, pumpkin, water, chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, until at a boil.  Lower heat until simmering then add beans. 

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Cover and cook for 25 minutes. 

Serve with a few spoonfuls of your favorite cheese or other favorite topping.  I used crumbled goat cheese because it's my favorite! 

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Let me know if you try this out! What's your favorite chili topping? Do you have a favorite chili recipe? 


(This post was linked up at the Tasty Tuesday linkup and WIAW #198)

23 comments:

  1. YUM! This sounds yummy. I love chili season :)

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    1. Me too-delicious and the easiest of dinner!

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  2. This looks and sounds delicious! Perfect for this time of year. Thanks for the recipe. -L

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  3. Hi Lauren! I would have never thought of adding pumpkin puree to chili! It's an interesting idea :)
    Thank you for linking up with Tasty Tuesday this week!

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    1. Thanks-it definitely is a great addition!

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  4. Love love love pumpkin turkey chili! This is the recipe I've been using for the last few years - it's fantastic. http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/10/crockpot-turkey-white-bean-pumpkin.html?m=1

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    1. Ah I've made a couple other SkinnyTaste chilis but not that one-I'll check it out!

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  5. Turkey Pumpkin Chili is my JAM!!!! I have a delicious recipe for it too, but I am totally going to make your variation! :)

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    1. Awesome-let me know if you like it!

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  6. I've honestly never even thought about putting pumpkin into chili! Who am I?! Clearly need to get on this bandwagon and make this asap! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks for reading-it seriously makes it nice and thick!

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  7. Oh my gosh my husband is going to go crazy for this! I am going to try the slow cooker version! Thanks!! susan

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    1. Definitely try it out-my boyfriend loves chili for dinner and approved this recipe!

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  8. Yum. I love pumpkin in savory dishes. Definitely an underated use!

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    1. So underused and especially for something so vitamin-packed!

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  9. I've never made pumpkin chili before, this looks wonderful

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    1. Try it out-it makes a super thick and hearty chili!

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  10. I've never heard of pumpkin in chili but this sounds good. My husband hates pumpkin but if you can't taste it much, I might give it a try with a veggie version :)

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    1. It really doesn't taste pumpkin-y after you add everything in, it just makes a really thick base for it!

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  11. I just looked in my pantry, and I have all the ingredients for this. I'm going to make it in the crockpot. Can't wait to try it!

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    1. Awesome! Let me know if you like it!

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    2. I made this and posted about it today. It was delicious!!

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