maybe I’m crazy. [crock-pot pumpkin & turkey chili]

October 3rd, 2012 by | comments

I’m sure anyone living in Southern California is saying, “Chili? In 90 degree weather? Are you crazy?” Maybe. But it is fall, after all, and I’ve been itching to cook with pumpkin. I also purchased ground turkey, so it seemed fitting that I combine the two to make chili. Though the pumpkin is almost entirely masked by the other ingredients, it still adds a subtle sweet and earthy flavor.

If you’re not a pumpkin fan, check out these other chili recipes here and here.


1.25 lb. ground turkey, cooked

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 yellow onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

5 Roma tomatoes, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced, seeds removed

1 orange bell pepper, diced, seeds removed

2 serranos, finely diced

3 cups chicken broth

29 oz. Libby’s pumpkin puree

3 cans (45 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained

2 tsp. dried parsley

1 1/2 tsp. cayenne

1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin

Salt and pepper, to taste

Low-fat sour cream, for garnish

Fresh parsley, for garnish


Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil, then add onion, garlic, bell peppers and serranos. Cook until aromatic and tender.

Transfer veggies to a slow cooker, then stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper, as needed. Divide chili among bowls and top with low-fat sour cream and fresh parsley, if desired.

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  • Chung-Ah (@damn_delicious)

    Pumpkin and turkey?! You’re a genius!

  • Geni

    Are you crazy?!!! ;) In the valley of death as I fondly have been referring o the SFV, it was 110! But your chili looks seriously amazing and I LOVE that you added pumpkin!

  • Choc Chip Uru

    Because the chili l

    • Choc Chip Uru

      *continued: looks so good I don’t see any reason why you would be crazy ;)

      Choc Chip Uru

  • Smart Food and Fit (@LisaNutrition)

    I love chili and don’t think you’re crazy!. I just made some pumpkin chili last week it’s one of my fall fav’s! Stay cool!

  • My Inner Chick

    –this looks DEeeeeeeeeeeeelish.

    Love the idea of pumkin in this dish! WOW.

  • Karen

    I don’t think you are crazy…I love chili and eat it in the summer as well as other times of the year. Yours sounds terrific. I have commented on earlier posts but they didn’t go through. I’ve been told by others that my comments are going into their spam files…hopefully this one will go through.

  • here2havefun

    It’s such an unusual combination it has to taste great! I’ll try it just as soon as I finish the rest of my shrimp and peppermint ice cream.

  • the second serving

    I can completely understand wanting to eat chili and craving it. And this one looks really good too — chunky but not too dry! I’m thinking I might have to try this soon…unfortunately without a slow cooker!

  • ceciliag

    YUP you are crazy.. crazy for tasty!! c

  • Jed Gray (sportsglutton)

    Chili is good 24-7!!!

  • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen

    What an excellent idea! I love the ingredients in this chili and would totally make it since it snowed today!

  • thecompletecookbook

    Comforting and delicious flavours.
    :-) Mandy

  • Angie@Angie’s Recipes

    It’s windy, rainy and chilly over here. This is exactly what I would love for dinner!

  • egg me on

    No no no … not crazy at all. Although this looks crazy good! It’s definitely chili weather up in New England this week so I’d kill for a bowl of this. I’m so curious as the subtle pumpkin flavor! Very unexpected.

  • bakerbynature

    I’ll tell you a little secret: I like chili and soup… even when it’s boiling outside.
    So this looks fabulous to me!!

  • ChgoJohn

    This sounds great, Caroline. That pot of vegetables used at the very start means a nice flavor base for this pot of chili. That pic says it all. :)

  • Amy

    I don’t think there needs to be a certain temperature for chili…it’s yummy any day! Love the addition of pumpkin. I haven’t made chili in foreeeever, and def am due :)

  • Charles

    Pah, I’d eat chili in any weather… middle of summer I’ll have that stuff. Besides, didn’t I read somewhere once that eating really spicy stuff actually helps to keep you cooler in hot weather? I’m sure I did! Looks lovely in any weather Caroline :)

  • rsmacaalay

    Chilli? For me it can be anytime, cold or hot they are good

  • albertocook

    I love Chili and i love your recipe.
    I like change my italian flavors.
    you have more goods recipes.
    i’ m very happy to find your blog.
    Bye from Italy

  • The Hook

    Who doesn’t love chili?

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