Recipe: Pumpkin Turkey Chili

As Resolution #1 states, I’m on a quest to explore new recipes more often. When fall comes around, one of my favorite things to make is chili. Of course, the standard chili is something along the lines of beef, tomatoes, and beans. Last year, I stayed true to this with this recipe from my friend Linda at Giggles, Gobbles, and Gulps. In an effort to find creative ways to spice things up, I found a Thanksgiving-esque spin to basic chili.

In the spirit of all things fall, this recipe is basically the motherload of all recipes. If you’re like Kate and me, you’ve been counting down the days to Thanksgiving for weeks now. Well fortunately, this recipes includes turkey and pumpkin pie spice; and it’s perfect for a gathering. It was gobbled up this weekend before any pictures could be taken (as always… making it very difficult to food blog), but the blog it’s inspired from has some #foodporn worthy snapshots.

Pumpkin Turkey Chili
Adapted from Closet Cooking

1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 large onion, diced
2 bell pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tbsp. chili powder
1.5 lbs. ground turkey
1 15oz. can white beans, rinsed and drained
1 28oz. can diced tomatoes
1 15oz. can pumpkin puree
2 c. chicken broth/pumpkin ale
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
3 chipotle chilies in adobo, chopped, plus 2 tbsp of adobo sauce
salt and pepper to taste

  1. Heat the oil in a cast iron pot over medium heat, add the onion, cook for 5 minutes. Then, add the bell pepper and cook until the vegetables are tender, another 5 minutes. (If you’re like me and chop as you go, a lower heat is preferable.)
  2. Add the garlic and saute for a little. Then, add cumin and chili powder. Cook until fragrant for about a minute.
  3. Add the ground turkey and cook thoroughly, about 15 minutes, breaking up chunks as you go.
  4. Add the beans, tomatoes, pumpkin puree, broth, spices, chipotles and adobo, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for at least 30 minutes.

To top it off, sprinkle with cilantro and serve with some delicious cheesy cornbread like these. Enjoy!



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