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Pumpkin Chili | Soup Recipe & Video

Updated on May 11, 2016
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Video on How to Make Delicious Pumpkin Chili

Easy Pumpkin Chili | Stew Recipe

Yes, really. Pumpkin is the taste-centerpiece for this terrific recipe, and when you taste it, you'll wonder why you thought this favorite of the fall season has usually been relegated to the pie plate. This recipe is versatile, filling, and can be made with canned or fresh pumpkin.

All the flavors of regular chili (with a few extras to give it a distinct stamp of its own) combine here to create a savory, yet spicy dish that is slightly laced with a bit of the flavors usually found in pumpkin pie. But have no fear - this is not your mama's pie simply poured into a bowl!

We see pumpkins in the fall, and immediately think of Halloween or Thanksgiving. These are more than just ornamental decorations for the table or front porch, though. After you've carved a Jack-o-Lantern, and made a few pies, what else can you do with that harvest of pumpkins you keep seeing at the grocery store?

Cold weather lasts from Fall through, well, forever it seems at times. If you're bundled up and avoiding ice and snow, think comfort food. Think chili! Think soup! Think stew!

This dish stands alone and can be the foundation of a filling and nutritious meal; just add some warm cornbread and maybe a tossed salad, and you're there.

Or, you can use it as the soup course for an elegant holiday dinner. Either way, you will love it, and you'll go back for seconds. Or thirds!

Ingredients for Pumpkin Stew (with or without beans)

Here's what you'll need in your shopping cart:

  • 1 Pound Ground Beef or Turkey
  • 1/2 Large Onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Red Pepper Flakes (or to taste)
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic (finely minced)
  • 1 Green Pepper (chopped)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (chopped)
  • 1 Can Black Beans (15 oz) (optional)
  • 1 Can Great Northern Beans (15 oz) (optional)
  • I Can Kidney Beans (15 oz) (optional)
  • 2 Cans Petite Diced Tomatoes (14.5 oz)
  • 1 Can Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes (14.5 oz)
  • 1 Can Tomato Sauce (8 oz)
  • 1 Can Tomato Sauce with Garlic & Onions (smallest size)
  • 1 Can Pumpkin Puree (15 oz) (or use 1-1/2 cups pureed cooked pumpkin)
  • 2 Teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 2 Teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt (to taste)

Video: How to Puree a Pumpkin for Soup or Chili

Nutrition Information for Pumpkin Recipes

This dish is tasty, low-fat and full of nutrition! The recipe (with beans) makes about 10 servings at 233 calories per serving.

  • Protein: 15.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 29g
  • Fat: 6.2g
  • Cholesterol: 28.4mg (may vary with type of meat used)
  • Dietary Fiber: 8.3g
  • Sodium: 877mg

Cook with Pumpkin All Year Round

Pumpkin harvests abound in the fall, but you can enjoy these tasty and healthy dishes all year.
Pumpkin harvests abound in the fall, but you can enjoy these tasty and healthy dishes all year. | Source

Cooking Directions: Pumpkin Chili in Slow Cooker

If you're using beans in the recipe, drain and rinse all three cans of beans and set aside (you can leave them in the cans after rinsing). If you eliminate the beans, it will be more 'meaty.' The recipe will serve fewer people without the beans, or you can add additional tomato or other veggies if you wish..

In a large skillet, over medium heat, cook and stir the beef or ground turkey until it crumbles and is brown (the pink is gone). Add the chopped onion, minced garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook until the onion is translucent, then add the chopped green pepper and red bell pepper. Continue cooking for about five more minutes.

In a crock pot, combine the three cans of drained beans, and all other ingredients. Add salt to suit your tastes. Stir, and then add the cooked ground beef or turkey mixture.

Cook on low until chili is hot all the way through - about 1-2 hours.

Your house will smell delicious, and your dinner will taste even more delicious!

Hearty Fall Recipe for Soup or Stew

Savory and spicy - pumpkin chili will warm you on a fall day!
Savory and spicy - pumpkin chili will warm you on a fall day! | Source

Serving Suggestions for Soup | Chili

Cornbread is always a hit with any chili dish, and adding a green salad will round out the menu and make a complete meal of this hearty, one-pot dish.

Other bread accompaniments could include warm dinner rolls or pumpkin muffins (the chili is savory, so the muffins will complement the taste but add a sweet touch).

Serve with a side of fresh veggies such as baby carrot, celery sticks, strips of fresh peppers, green onion stalks or other seasonal selections that will add crunch to the meal and won't require additional cooking time.

Fresh fruit is also a great choice with this meal, since the chili is very filling. Or, you might want to make one of those pies we mentioned earlier after all!

When I first heard of this dish, I wasn't sure how it would taste or whether I would care for it. Now, after experiencing it, it's become one of those dining memories I savor and want to enjoy again and again!

Ornamental Pumpkins - So Cute!

Grab a bag of ornamental pumpkins to decorate your table for fall dinners!
Grab a bag of ornamental pumpkins to decorate your table for fall dinners! | Source

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 2 years ago from Planet Earth

    Yes - this recipe is so good - the flavors are a combination of savory and sweet. Just play with a bit of it and see how you like it. Thanks for stopping by, PeachPurple!

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    peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    pumpkin is naturally sweet, can it go well with chilli?

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Oh, let us know what your chef hubby says about it! The flavors are really great - who would have known? Thanks for the comments here, Teaches!

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    Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

    This is a combo I never would have thought worked together, but your recipe here as convinced me that it is a good blend of flavors. I will have to pass this on to my hubby chef.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Alocsin - we had cold evenings and mornings this past week, and I was craving this dish! Yes, it's a great one for winter days and holidays!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Yes! Make some substitutes and experiement a bit - do let us know what you come up with, Ruchira!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Aviannovice - I am sure you could make a non-meat version (especially with soy substitutes). I prefer using all-turkey or a veggie base, too. Thanks for your comments!

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    alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

    I was just thinking that pumpkin chili would be great for Thanksgiving dinners on cold days. Voting this Up and Useful.

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    Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

    Pumpkins are my favorite. Being a vegetarian, could substitute it with something veggie. Will try it.

    Thanks Marcy.

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    Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

    Sounds great, minus the meat for me, thanks. I think it will work beautifully.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    You can definitely adjust the spiciness of this recipe, Kitty! I hope you give it a try - let me know how it works for you, and thanks for stopping by!

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    Ann Leung 4 years ago from San Jose, California

    My husband brought home a can of Kidney Beans few months ago and I haven't found a right recipe for it yet. This recipe sounds interesting. I love the idea of using canned pumpkin because it will save me time cutting up a pumpkin. I don't eat spicy food so I will skip the chili powder. The rest of the ingredients sound good to me. I will give the recipe a try. Thank you for sharing!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Billy - I hope you get a chance to try this one - I think you would love it. Anything warm and comforting from a crock pot is a winner for me. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Carol! Yes, the flavors of this recipe are amazing!!!! It's not at all what you might think - quite savory, with a hint of the pie spices we love so much.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Summerberrie - Oh, I so hope you try this recipe! I think you will love it! One great thing is that it can be made with mostly canned ingredients, so there's no need to wait for pumpkins to be in season!

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    This is one of the reasons I love HP so much; the information you pick up on a daily basis is amazing. I had no idea this recipe existed; I have never heard of pumpkin chili or stew!!! Great idea, Marcy!

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    I had to check this out as it looked so different. And after reading and the photos I think it is worth a try. I have never cooked with pumpkin and I know all the health benefits. Thanks for sharing t his unique chile. Voting UP.

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    summerberrie 4 years ago

    I love chili this time of year and I love pumpkin, too. Sounds like a winner.

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