Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Pumpkin Chili in the Slow Cooker

I pretty much think that pumpkin can be added to just about anything.  I find myself cooking things with pumpkin a lot lately. It's healthy, low calorie and delicious, so why not!

I love how the pumpkin thickened this chili up. You couldn't taste the pumpkin directly but it made a wonderfully tasty thick chili that I will for sure make again!

Pumpkin Chili Recipe
Adapted from Kalyn's Kitchen

1 lb. ground turkey
1 large onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 tbsp. garlic powder (or 3 cloves pressed garlic)
1 tbsp. ground cumin
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. Ancho chili powder
2 tsp. dried coriander
1 tsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. seasoned salt
1 tsp. salt
Ground black pepper
2 - 4 oz. cans green chile peppers
3 beef bouillon cubes & about 1 cup water (or beef stock)
1 can (15 oz) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can pumpkin puree (15 oz.)
2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained

Brown ground turkey.  Cook turkey with onions and peppers.  Add spices and cook for a few minutes.  Put mixture in crock pot.  Add beans, beef bouillon, pumpkin, diced tomatoes, and green chiles to crock pot.  I used about a cup of water with this. I just rinsed out the cans as I was adding them to the pot.  I like it pretty thick so I didn't add much.  Cook on low for about 7 - 9 hours or high for 4 - 6 hours. 

Total calories = 2337 calories
13 cups = 180 calories per cup

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Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are approximate and rounded.


  1. Pumpkin is a miracle worker. I swear it makes everything taste better. Great chili!

  2. Sounds delicious! I have a pumpkin at home, waiting to be eaten... might give this a try!

  3. Guess what we are having for dinner tomorrow :)) Thanks for this. Diane

  4. Oh, this does sound awesome. I bet the pumpkin gives it such awesome body! Sounds all warm and cozy to me ;) Thanks for sharing it w/ the hearth and soul hop Debbi!

  5. Debbie this looks fantastic! I love the flavor profiles going on here!
    Are you still collecting recipes for the hot sauce??? i keep meanign to send it but i dont want to be late!

  6. Pumpkin chili - hmm, looks like something I'd try. Do you get your pumpkin in a can?

  7. Yum! That sounds delicious - and the stats are wonderful!

  8. I love the addition of pumpkin in this, I bet it does give the chili a great consistency!

  9. It has been very interesting to see what you create with pumpkin, definitely outside of the pie shape box !

  10. You have such delicious-looking slow cooker recipes, I'm compiling a list to try for when I get a slow cooker - can't wait! :)

  11. Debbie, this is fantastic. Pumpkin is stretched these days to be a really versatile recipe. If you have a moment, would you be willing to link this to Let's Do Brunch. For me, this would be a perfect lunch.


  12. Pumpkin is so versatile and you can sneak it in to so many dishes. Kids don't even know it! This was a great idea.

  13. So glad you enjoyed the pumpkin chili!

  14. Debbi,
    I went to a chili cook-off this fall and one contestant had pumpkin chili and I just loved it. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  15. I like cooking with pumpkin too. It is cold today so I will making this pumpkin chili. Thanks.

  16. I've read a lot of chili recipes that include pumpkin, but have never tried them myself. I may give this one a go....pumpkin really is so healthy and now that its readily available again, why not? thanks for sharing!

  17. WOW! Who would have thought to put pumkin in chili, but why not. Love this combination of ingredients.

  18. My friend actually just made this for us the other day. Delicious!

  19. oh debbie...this looks amazing...the addition of pumpkin is so smart! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!

  20. I totally agree... I can't think of anything, sweet or savory, that can't be aided with the addition of some pumpkin. Delicious!

  21. oh boy, this one looks really good. And we just got a slow cooker for christmas we haven't taken out of the box yet!!
    thanks for the incentive.

  22. YUM!! I love how you are thinking out of the box with the use of pumpkin. You have brought a whole new light to my world of cooking!! Thank you!! It is amazing!!

  23. Made a tweaked version of this tonight, and THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing!!! It was delicious!

    If you want to know the things I changed, I posted the recipe here...


    ... linking back to you, of course!

  24. Oh yum, this looks and sounds delicious! I have never heard of adding pumpkin to a chili, but it looks like it works! I also like my chili really thick, too!

  25. This looks hearty and delicious--especially with the sprinkle of cheese on top. ;-) Thanks for sharing it at Souper Sundays.