Turkey Pumpkin Chili

January in Minnesota is an unrelenting onslaught of cold.  The high yesterday wasn’t even above zero, and today is a balmy 1 degree.  Don’t worry though, forecasts for next Sunday show that it might get above freezing!  We are resilient people in this state, and know when it’s best to just stay inside.

In an attempt to try and stay warm (and to stick with the healthy New Years recipes), I made some comforting turkey pumpkin chili.  Before you turn your nose up and scoff, “Pumpkin? In chili?!”, I really think you should hear me out.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

The pumpkin puree adds a depth of flavor, and a slight nuttiness to the chili.  The pumpkin itself isn’t prominent; and just look at it, you can’t even tell it’s in there!

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

The chili starts with a typical cast of characters: onion, peppers (both bell and jalapeno) and some garlic.  The vegetables are diced and sauteed together until they begin to soften.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Look at those bright colors, that is a beautiful sight!  Once the vegetables are tender, it’s time to add ground turkey.  Continue cooking until the turkey is browned.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

It is now pumpkin time!  One can of pumpkin puree is added to the chili, along with a can of diced tomatoes, chili powder, and cumin.  Add a cup of water and bring the mixture to a boil.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Once it comes to a boil, add a can of drained and rinsed kidney beans.  Reduce heat to low and simmer the chili for at least 30 minutes (longer is better).

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

This chili is delicious on its own, or you can top it with sour cream, cheese, or diced avocados.  Anyway you have it, it’ll warm your soul and help you get through the frigid winter days!

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6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 30-40 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 bell pepper chopped, any color, can use 2 small peppers
  • 2 jalapenos finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey white or dark meat
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with their liquid
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt more to taste if needed
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 15 oz can kidney beans drained and rinsed
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Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion, bell pepper, jalapenos, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently until tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add turkey and cook until browned.
  4. Add tomatoes, pumpkin, chili powder, cumin, water and salt and pepper to the turkey mixture.
  5. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low; add beans.
  6. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30-45 minutes.
Recipe Notes

**Cardinal Rule** Want to make this for a picky eater? Just don't tell them there is pumpkin in it. (Trust me, it works)

Recipe Source: Whole Foods Market

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