Pumpkin and Black Bean Chili


This hearty chili is rich with vegetables, black beans and of course pumpkin!  You cannot taste the pumpkin, but it adds depth and character that truly makes this chili stand out! lemonsforlulu.com

My favorite thing to make when the weather starts to turn is chili!  Nothing says home cooking to me more than a big bowl of chili!

My mom likes to tell me that when she was pregnant with me all she craved was chili.  This must be why this is one of my go to meals.  I love it plain, I love it Cincinnati style with beans and spaghetti, I love it full of meat and spice and I love it sweet and full of veggies! Just gimme the chili!   Actually gimme this pumpkin and black bean chili!

I made this pumpkin and black bean chili because that’s what you do in the fall right?  You make everything and anything with pumpkin!!! My family is big on eating black beans.  And I like that this is made with ground turkey, makes it seems über healthy!  You could replace the turkey with whatever meat (or not) you choose!  The pumpkin melts into the chili as it cooks.  It isn’t pronounced, I mean you wouldn’t know pumpkin was in there, but it’s a subtle flavor and adds a touch of color.

My family devours this chili!  I like to make a big batch before we go trick or treating.  It just warms us up, and makes our bellies happy.  Makes me feel better about all the candy we’ll eat for dessert!

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A hardy chili for fall! Made with pumpkins, black beans and turkey!
Recipe type: entrée
Serves: 8
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 can solid packed pumpkin (15 oz)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained (14½ oz)
  • 2 t chili powder
  • 1½ t oregano
  • 1½ t cumin
  • salt
  1. In a large skillet, saute onion and yellow pepper in oil until tender. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add ground turkey and cook until no longer pink. Transfer meat and veggies into the bowl of slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients stirring to incorporate pumpkin. Cover and cook on low for about 4-5 hours.

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28 Responses

  1. This looks so delicious! I have all the ingredients in my house right now, which surely is a sign I should make this for dinner! But I am going to restrain myself until our church chilli cookoff in two weeks :)

    • Oooh, a chili cook off!!! Fun! I hope you win!

  2. haha! Yes, in the Fall we should make anything and everything with pumpkin. I love the way you think:-) I think pumpkin in chili sounds great! Probably easier to hide from the kids that way too!!!

    • Yes, my kids ate it eagerly, but I didn’t tell them about the pumpkin until afterwards!

  3. YUM!! I’m sooooo due for a good bowl of chili! That looks delicious!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

    • Thanks Christine, it was a good bowl of chili!

  4. Sheryl

    This a very creative recipe! Perfect for the season! Thanks for sharing it at Cast Party Wednesday! ~Sheryl~

  5. This looks great! I hope you will share this starting Wednesday night at The CSI Project. This week’s challenge is Fall Foods and this is perfect!
    Come on over! Each week is a new craft challenge and Food sometimes!

  6. This looks so delish and I am in love with all things pumpkin this time of year!

    • Thanks! I can’t get enough pumpkin!

  7. This chili looks so delicious! I love the use of pumpkin in it and I can’t wait to try it out! I found you over at the link party on Whipple Berry’s link party.

    • Thanks Julia! I can’t wait to see your blog!

  8. This looks so good… will have to try it! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks so much for the invite!! What a fun party!

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  11. Thanks for the recipe. The combination of black beans and pumpkin sounds awesome.


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