Pumpkin Chili with Chicken

The pumpkin theme continues here this week.

Pumpkin Chili with Chicken

Even if you aren’t a pumpkin fan you are going to like this recipe for Pumpkin Chili with Chicken.  The recipe uses a can of pumpkin but there really isn’t a strong pumpkin taste but you’re getting the nutritional value of the pumpkin anyway!  So even if you don’t like pumpkin give it a try!  You could always leave the pumpkin out if you really wanted to.
Pumpkin Chili
Our days are getting cooler here in Oregon.  The trees have lost their leaves and it’s time for some nice, warm chili! I recently asked on Facebook if any of you had a recipe you’d like to see on the blog and Britney sent me this recipe for Pumpkin Chili.  I couldn’t wait to try it.  I tweeked it just a bit.

I first served this at our annual Halloweenie Roast and the pot quickly disappeared.  I only got a few bite fulls so I decided I needed to make it again right away to make sure it was as good as I thought it was.  I was right.

The recipe calls for chopped onion, green pepper, jalapeno pepper and garlic.  I forgot to pick up a jalapeno pepper at the store but lucky for me my neighbor has some growing in a pot in their backyard so I just helped myself.  Thanks Debbie!

The veges are sauteed in some olive oil until they are tender.
Then the ground chicken (or you could use turkey or beef) is added in and cooked.
Pumpkin Chili
Next the tomatoes, chicken broth, pumpkin and beans are added in. I like using a combination of red kidney beans and white beans. It is prettier that way. Add in some chili powder, cumin, and salt too.
Pumpkin Chili

Then let it simmer for at least 30 minutes.  It could also be put in a crockpot at this point and allowed to simmer until ready to serve.  I t hink the flavors improve and intensify as it simmers.
Pumpkin Chili
Now you are ready to enjoy a delicious and hearty bowl of chili – perfect for any Fall evening.  We enjoyed ours with a pan of homemade corn bread.  Recipe coming soon!
Pumpkin Chili


Leigh Anne

Pumpkin Chili with Chicken
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 lb. ground chicken, turkey, or beef
  • 2 cans (15 oz.) diced tomatoes with liquid
  • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 2 C chicken stock
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can white kidney beans
  1. Heat oil in large pot and add in onion, peppers and garlic. Saute until tender.
  2. Add in turkey and cooked until browned.
  3. Add in tomatoes, pumpkin, chicken brown, chili powder, cumin, salt. Bring to a boil
  4. Reduce heat and add in beans.
  5. Cover and simmer, stir occasionally for 30 minutes or more.

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Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. MelanieL says

    Looks delicious and hearty for the chilly days we’ve been having too. I’m really looking forward to your cornbread recipe!

  2. Marm says

    This looks interesting and delicious. It would be a good way to use the other half of a large can of pumpkin when you really don’t want to make 2 pumpkin pies.

  3. says

    It’s in the crockpot for dinner tonight (made with shredded chicken). I’m not going to tell the kids that there is pumpkin in it, until they tell me how wonderful it is. :)

    mama of 12

  4. says

    Absolutely DELICIOUS! The kids could not believe there was pumpkin in it. (Thought it sounded “gross”, but they had already tasted it and determined it was “great”.)

    Looking forward to your cornbread recipe.

    mama of 12 (ages 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 19, 22, 23, 23, 25, 27, 28)

  5. says

    Ooh! I’ve got a bunch of pumpkin to use up and I live with a pumpkin hater… So this will be PERFECT! Making tonight with a side or cornbread! Thank you! :)

  6. Mandi says


    I’d like to make this as an entree for a baby shower. I was wondering if you know about how many cups or quarts this recipe makes.

    Thank you,

  7. Rachel says

    Incredible recipe! I made this delicious chili tonight and my family LOVED it! Great flavor and easy to prepare. Thanks so much for this great recipe!


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