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Healthy Fall Pumpkin Chili Recipe

This Healthy Fall Pumpkin Chili is an autumn favorite. It’s loaded with healthful ingredients and big bold flavors. Comforting, cozy, and deliciously savory. 

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Pumpkin Chili Recipe

It’s officially too cold in the mornings for The Littles to get away with their usual T-shirt and shorts getup. They’ve refused to don pants up until today. Their entire pants + hoodies collection has remained untouched for months. We do live in Minnesota where we wait until it snows to bring out the real clothes, so I kinda get it.

But still. When it’s 30F at the bus stop in the morning, I have to put my foot down.

Or charge a dollar every time they try to sneak out of the house with shorts on. I may get a little richer by wintertime. 😇

Thankfully, I don’t have to pull any silly stunts for the family to gobble up this Healthy Fall Pumpkin Chili.

Before you raise a brow because you saw pumpkin chili, let me reassure you that it’s not nearly as weird as it sounds. (If you didn’t think it was weird in the first place, just ignore me right now.)

In truth, this chili tastes a lot like our all-time favorite hearty chili, but we’ve seasoned it up with fall flavors that subtly amp up the autumn vibes. Give it a go; you’ll be rewarded with comforting bowls of savory, satisfying chili that tastes extraordinary…

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Pumpkin: Not just for baking

The pumpkin thing? Sure, you already love it in pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie. But pumpkin chili? Nobody will guess how sneaky you were. Its main role in this recipe is to thicken the chili and provide an extra boost of nutrition. 

The pumpkin flavor is so subtle, nobody actually ever guesses it when we play “guess the secret ingredient.” We highly recommend playing this game if you get a kick out of bewildering everyone.

We season up this chili some a bit of pumpkin pie spice, which is essentially just a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. Just a teaspoon imparts a wonderfully delicate autumn flavor, without coming off strong at all. You’ll just have to trust us on this; after all, cinnamon is the reason this Butternut Squash Chili is so popular.

Then we add in all our usual players – plenty of garlic (yum) and onion, colorful veggies, black beans, and fire roasted tomatoes – sooo good. We use ground turkey in this pumpkin chili, but feel free to go with beef. You can even make it vegetarian and replace the meat with extra beans and bells.

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Here’s to breaking out the hoodies, pants, and big pots of steaming pumpkin chili with extra cheese on top.

Enjoy!

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Healthy Fall Pumpkin Chili Recipe

5 from 7 reviews

This Healthy Fall Pumpkin Chili is an autumn favorite. It’s loaded with healthful ingredients and big bold flavors. Comforting, cozy, and deliciously savory.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 8-10 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 7 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 TB chili powder
  • 1 TB ground cumin
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 3 TB tomato paste
  • 2 green + 1 orange/yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz each) fire-roasted tomatoes, with juices
  • 3 cups chicken or turkey broth
  • 2 (14 oz each) cans black beans, rinsed well and drained
  • 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • shredded cheddar cheese for topping, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large heavy pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil until hot. Add onion and garlic, stirring until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add sugar, chili powder, cumin, pumpkin pie spice, oregano, and coriander. Stir to combine, 10 seconds.
  2. Add ground turkey to pot and sprinkle 1 tsp salt over it; cook/stir to break up into small pieces. When turkey is cooked through, add tomato paste and stir 30 seconds.
  3. Add bell peppers, fire-roasted tomatoes with juices, and broth. Scrape bottom of pan while stirring. Bring chili to a simmer; simmer covered for 20 minutes. Add beans and pumpkin puree. Bring chili back to a simmer for 15-20 min or until heated through. Remove from heat. Add additional kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve warm, with shredded cheddar cheese if desired.

Notes

Chili keeps well; simply cover and chill in fridge. Reheat by bringing back to simmer on stovetop.
Make it meatless by using veggie broth and omitting turkey.

  • Category: dinner, main

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45 comments

    • Dalene Ekirapa

    Oh yummy!
    This is too much goodness in one dish!
    I love chilli and when cooked with pumpkin, it’s even better. I would literally enjoy this meal without any accompanying dish. You just made me salivate!

    • Nate

    This dish is perfect for fall and winter! I’m craving it now!

    • Nancy

    I am definitely going to try this recipe but I am confused. You said to cook until squash is tender but not mushy. I don’t see squash in the recipe.

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you, Nancy! I just updated the instructions 🙂 So happy you’re going to make this; hope you all love it! Happy fall.

    • aileenluib

    Oh my god, two of my favorite things in the world combined?! I HAVE to try this! I LOVE pumpkin!!!

    • Ana Vukosavljevic

    Woow! This looks so delicious. I’m so hungry now 😀

    This is saved and I can’t wait to make it on my own, thanks for sharing it!

    • thenafranssen

    You had me at chili…but then you added pumpkin?!!! Amazing.

    • Aditi

    One! Can’t wait to try this! Just the recipe I’ve been waiting for!thank you!

      • chewoutloud

      You’re so welcome, Aditi! 🙂

    • Befitting Style

    So good. I want to make a good healthy chilli! So good for you!

      • chewoutloud

      Glad you like it 🙂

    • Sin Yee

    I will definitely try this out! I always want to make a pumpkin chili so much..

    • shubhadabhide

    Chili galore here! All mouth watering recipes…I don’t relish pumpkin much but I might actually try this recipe.

    • Christine ann Dela Cruz

    That pumpkin chili look so delicious and tasty. and it’s perfect for fall season. I will definitely be pinned this one.

    • rochkirstin

    Onion and garlic are my two favorite basic spices. These are enough to provide a boost of flavor in this recipe.

    • Joy

    I may not be ready for Fall weather; however, I know I’m ready to try out your recipe lol. That looks beyond delicious! Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Liza Perry

    Amazing and mouthwatering pics! I will definitely try it asap! Yummm!

    • Nicole Aguilar

    That looks amazing. I use vegan meat to make chili, so I’ll just swap that in.

    • art4ever82

    I always wanted to try something with pumpkin. That looks delicious!

    • Thehyppomyselfthecat

    This looks absolutely delicious! I am definitely going to try it out! thanks for sharing it with us!

    • Erin Creeks

    You had me at pumpkin! I am so making this, I was just talking about how I want to make a variety of soups for the next few weeks.

      • chewoutloud

      Hope you all love it

    • streetsmartnutrition

    Great chili recipe! I’m so ready for the cold weather to get here (and stay!) so I can enjoy more meals like this.

      • chewoutloud

      Food is the only reason I can tolerate cold weather 😉

    • Courtney Andrews

    This looks so delicious! I just recently tried pumpkin flavored soup for the first time and it was so good! This chili sounds like the perfect Fall dish!

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, glad you like it, Courtney! 🙂

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