You can all thank my sister Karami for this recipe – and introducing me to how amazing pumpkin is in chili. Pumpkin chili might just be one of my new favourite things. Yes, we all might be “over” the pumpkin craze now because it’s November and technically we are moving on to bigger, more Christmas-y things. I must confess however that I am a pumpkin lover all year-long.
How to Make Pumpkin Chili
Sometimes it seems thanks to (wonderful) things like Pinterest and Facebook that we are besieged by everything in season and then…crickets. I honestly have started to tune out all of the pumpkin recipes that are all over the place come September and October. I want to eat pumpkin year round and not just when Starbucks releases their pumpkin spice latte and we all go crazy for it.Thus my writing up of a pumpkin chili recipe in mid-November. Man, I’m such a rebel.
The secret to an amazing soup, chili or stew is to puree a small amount of it at the end to thicken it up. I haven’t bought a new hand blender in years and the one I have now works well, but this one is infinitely better. We used it at my sisters to blend up the chili in a rather small pot, without making a mess. Remember that secret of mine : always blend in a small amount at the end of cooking and you’ll have the best tasting chili/soup ever!
This chili is pretty darn fast to make and it’s healthy to boot. You use a can of pumpkin puree ( not pie filling!) which helps to thicken it up and gives it a slight hint of pumpkin taste. You’d be surprised how it doesn’t overpower the entire chili, it simply infuses a little flavour – and a lot of health benefits – into it.
Did I mention that we add in a little cinnamon as well? Don’t be scared. It’s ok.
A bit of cinnamon in this chili is simply wonderful. You may even want to add more! Think of how cinnamon is amazing in curries and you will understand how cinnamon in a chili is a very, very good thing. I would actually add more but I didn’t want to scare my family off too much at first. Cinnamon in a chili is something that you almost mentally have to get over first.
Who would have thought pumpkin was great in chili? Not Mike, that’s for sure, yet he loved this chili. It’s going to be a new favourite this winter!
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This White Bean Pumpkin Chili will soon become a new family favourite! Use turkey or ground beef in it, the choice is yours.
- 1.5 lbs lean ground beef
- 1 large white onion diced
- 14 oz pure pumpkin puree
- 14 ox diced tomatoes
- 19 ounce white kidney beans
- 2 tbsp chili powder or to taste I use around 2 1/2
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp onion salt
- 1-2 tsp cinnamon
- extra salt and pepper to taste
Fry ground beef and onions in the bottom of a large stock pot until the ground beef is brown and the onions are soft. Drain grease.
Mix in the pumpkin, tomatoes, beans and spices.
Simmer in the pot until the beans soften slightly. The longer you simmer, the more time the spices have to meld together.
At the very end, use your hand blender to puree a small amount in the pot, (maybe a cup) this thickens the chili and makes it amazing!!!
Serve and enjoy.
You can use ground turkey in this recipe if you want to make a leaner chili.