fall food ~ pumpkin chili

{ pumpkin chili }

this recipe comes from wholefoodsmarket.com, they call it Turkey Pumpkin Chili.  we’ve tweaked it a bit, { i’m not a big fan of meat } …  this one’s a fall staple at our house.  here’s our version:

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped { optional }
2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes { we like Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes }
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin purée { NOT pumpkin pie filling }
1 cup water
2 heaping tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste
cayenne pepper to taste { optional }
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained


heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat.  add onion, bell pepper, jalapeños and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 5 minutes.

add tomatoes, pumpkin, water, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper and bring to a boil. reduce heat to medium low and add beans.  cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes.  then let simmer for flavor.

ladle chili into bowls and serve.

garnish with:
fresh cilantro, chopped
jalapeños, chopped
shredded cheddar { or crumbled goat } cheese

for my husband, { who is a fan of meat } i brown some ground white turkey meat.


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4 thoughts on “fall food ~ pumpkin chili

  1. This is different, unexpected. I like it.

  2. angela@spinachtiger ~ different … but delicious!

  3. Oooo… this sounds amazing!

  4. Yummmmm, can’t wait to make this! Thanks!

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