Pumpkin Mondays Continues with Pumpkin Chili

September 17, 2012   38 Comments

Snack Girl decided to go on the hunt for a sale on cans of pumpkin. She found enough to continue her quest for great pumpkin recipes.

Healthy Pumpkin Chili Recipe

Why add pumpkin to your food?

It’s cheap, easy, and has 763% of your daily value of vitamin A in one cup (and only 83 calories). You can sneak a bunch of nutrition into food by adding pumpkin.

After creating a no bake pumpkin cookie and a pumpkin smoothie (see below), I decided to try a savory dish. This chili recipe below is the healthiest chili (with meat) that I have ever made. It boasts 28% of your daily value of iron, 45% of your daily value of vitmain C, and 293% of your daily value of vitamin A per serving.

This is like a nutritional "rock star" chili. I used ground turkey breast because it is low in saturated fat and beans, corn, and tomatoes to up the vegetable content.

I did think the flavor was nice, but missing the depth of a beef chili. I might sneak a wee bit of cheese on top of mine to make it taste a bit more luxurious. The pumpkin made it a great color and added a creaminess to the chili.

I am feeling that I may be out of pumpkin ideas, except for maybe a pumpkin pancake recipe. That could be fun!

What do you think? What else could I try?

Pumpkin Chili Recipe

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(makes 6 servings)

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1 tablespoon vegetable oil (such as canola, sunflower, etc.)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 lb ground turkey breast meat
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon oregano
1 small can diced green chili peppers
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup corn kernels, frozen or fresh
1 28 ounce can tomatoes
1 can cooked pumpkin
salt and pepper to taste


In a large saucepan, heat oil and add onion. When onion has softened add turkey and cook until cooked through (should look white). Add the rest of the ingredients and taste to adjust seasonings. Simmer for 10 minutes and seve.

Nutrition Facts

For one serving = 268 calories, 4.7 g fat, 32 g carbohydrates, 8.7 g sugar, 26.3 g protein, 10.2 g fiber, 399 mg sodium, 6 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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Love pumpkin!!! I can't get enough of it!! Your chili sounds amazing!!!

Can't wait to try this. I'm on my 3rd batch of your no bake pumpkin cookies. Love them.

How about how to can fresh pumpkin? My mom makes her pies with fresh pumpkin so I thought I'd can a little this year. Once you bake the pumpkin on a cookie sheet it pretty much just scrapes right off. I'm not a pumpkin fan but, I think I might try to incorporate it into some of my other recipes.

Pumpkin pancakes sound wonderful! I would love a healthy protein packed pumpkin bread or muffin. I have upped my running distance and would love a pumpkin post run snack! Thanks for sharing all your tips and recipes!

Two years ago my grocery store ran out of canned pumpkin. There was apparently a shortage of pumpkin that year. I now keep a supply in the pantry just in case; I don't want to run out ever again!

Hi there, Thanks for the cookie recipe. Besides pancakes & waffles, I use chunks of pumpkin in pasta with basil, muffins & bread. You can use it whenever a recipe calls for a winter squash especially butternut.

wow! this is so simple and looks amazing! i can't wait to try it.

I prefer to have roasted squash soup, but pumpkin soup is also yummy, creamy, delicious, healthy, and easy to make if you used can pumpkin. Pumpkin+veggie broth+spices=soup!

Ellen - Pumpkin goes great with Cheddar cheese. Pureed & mixed w/2 kinds of cheddar (sharp, mild, whatever you like) is heavenly mac n cheese. I like adding spinach to mine.

I love your overnight pancake recipe and would be in heaven if you came up with a pumpkin version.

I love that you are doing Pumpkin recipes every Monday throughout fall. Great idea!

I just had some this weekend at Pumpkin Fest in Morton, IL. One of my favorite fall traditions!

You can really add a can to just about any chili recipe, but something with chipotle is extra good.

I am LOVING these pumpkin mondays!!! Please keep doing it!

Still lots to do with pumpkin... soup, roasted (yumm)... i had a great recipe for a pumpkin & blackbeans stir fry that I cannot locate.

Lisa - this looks yummy. Can you tell us what the point count would be WITHOUT the turkey (or any meat at all)?


I love pumpkin! I recently made pumpkin cheddar empanadas on salty/sweet dough and they were fantastic. Also black bean-pumpkin enchiladas are awesome. I'm looking forward to more great recipes!!!

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese is a must! Pumpkin Oatmeal, pumpkin enchiladas, pumpkin stuffed shells...

i am going to start this in about ten minutes..i can taste it already! adding some smoked paprika to boost the no beef!

It was a pumpkin weekend for us - I made the pumpkin cookies and the smoothie and loved them both. Made a second batch of the cookies last night, and I hope they last the week, but I don't know if they will...

I also added pumpkin and allspice to your overnight pancake recipe (instead of the yogurt), and my kids loved them! Great autumnal treat, even though it technically isn't autumn yet!!

How big is a serving?

I make pumpkin oatmeal cranberry cookies that I call oatkinberry cookies and they can be made with applesauce and are awesome! I will send the recipe.

We make black bean pumpkin soup all the time!

Love the chili idea with ground turkey.

Snack Girl--how big of a size of can of pumpkin?? There are 2 sizes in our store.

Matt Blecha - I think the serving size is one heaping cup.

Stephany - I wondered the same thing so I bought the bigger can and only used about half. I would have bought the smaller size but now I have extra pumpkin to make pumpkin smoothies! :)

Trying this today! How much is one serving?

Great recipe, Lisa. Thanks! I made your pumpkin chili with as much no/low salt stuff as possible, also jalepeno infused chopped olives, a small can of V8, no turkey, and tossed in some grated zucchini, because, hey, there is just so much of it in my yard! It made 6 generous servings that I estimate to be 3 WW points+ each. Fabulous!

I just made this recipe...its absolutely fantastic! I didnt have any oregano, and I just added the other spices until I got it as I liked it :) (I dont think i used as much spice as the recipe here calls for)

Thanks for the pumpkin inspiration!

Loved the pumpkin chili! The kids and I loved it. My husband really liked it but he is a hot and spicy kind of guy. He just added his own hot sauce and was happy. Thanks for a great fall recipe!

what is the portion for one serving ?

763% of your daily value of vitamin A sounds made up. of course i believe you but I'm just suprised that a serving size can exceed nutritional needs by hundreds.

I have made this twice and my freinds and family LOVE it! I use a little bit of bbq sauce to thin the pumpkin and I use diced tomatoes. I have also found that adding one finely chopped chipotle pepper and two teaspoons of the adobo sauce for a little heat brings some smokiness. YUM!!

Mmmm. Just had some for lunch. A fall fave around here. :)

@abbey - I didn't measure but my guess is about 1 1/2 cups. Hope you enjoy it!

made this in a slow cooker with a few cups of fresh pumpkin! just carved and roasted it :) So good!!

is this a 1cup serving?

Tried it and loved it!! Thanks for the great treat.

OMG! So I'm not the only one who likes pumpkin chili!

Gotta do this one soon. Note: Lisa you forgot to say what size can pumpkin - I assume 15 oz. from recipe I used before.

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