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Pumpkin Turkey Chili


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped (your choice of color!)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced (or more…to taste!)
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 14.5oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 large can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 2 14.5 oz can of your favorite beans (kidney, black, garbanzo!) drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and ground pepper, taste
  • For garnish: shredded cheddar cheese & sour cream

Cooking Instructions:

  • In a large pot, heat the olive oil and sauté the onions, carrots, celery, peppers and
    garlic until tender.
  • Add the ground turkey and cook until evenly browned. Pour into a slow cooker or
    keep in the large Dutch oven or pot.
  • Mix in tomatoes, sauce, pumpkin, beans and spices. (If you have other chili spices that you
    like to use, feel free to add them!)
  • Cook over very low heat or in slow cooker for 4-5 hours. Add water if the mixture
    gets too thick. Stir every hour or so.
  • Serve with a spoonful of sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese on top.

Recipe Notes

This chili is perfect for the crisp days of fall. Take it tailgating, or to a holiday potluck.

This will serve 4-6, but you’ll want to double it and freeze some for a busy weeknight defrost party!

Rather than let those pumpkins on your doorstep get mushy and wet, bring them in, roast them up and make this delicious and healthy chili recipe. You can also use canned pumpkin if you are short on time. After Thanksgiving, throw in your leftover turkey (after you’re sick of sandwiches!) instead of using the ground option.

Suggested Wine Pairing

Enjoy this warming fall dish with a Reserve Zinfandel or Merlot!

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