Turkey Pumpkin Chili Recipe

October 21, 2023   14 Comments

Time to buy a big beautiful pumpkin and a few cans of pureed pumpkin to make pie.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili Recipe

Wait? Did I say pie? I must have slipped up because I meant chili. pumpkinchiliingredients

Pumpkin is a great addition to chili. 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.

Pumpkin is one of those ingredients you will find in my list of healthy fall recipes. This recipe is pretty different from my best vegetarian chili recipe.

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 vitamin 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. Here is what cooked ground turkey breast looks like:

It is white!

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.

Adding pumpkin to the chili not only makes it closer to dark chili color it gives you more bang for your buck.

Here are a few other suggestions to boost flavor:

  • Add a tablespoon of peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of dark cocoa powder
  • 1 sliced jalapeno pepper

What do you think? Did you try turkey pumpkin chili?

Turkey Pumpkin Chili Recipe

3.5 from 8 reviews

Makes 6 servings, 1 cup per serving

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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 15.5 can pumpkin puree
salt and pepper to taste


In a large saucepan, heat oil and add onion. When onion has softened (about 3 minutes) add turkey and cook until cooked through (should look white). Add the chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, oregano, diced green chili peppers, black beans, corn, tomatoes, and pumpkin puree and taste to adjust seasonings. It may need 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Simmer for 10 minutes and serve.

Nutrition Facts

For a one cup serving = 316 calories, 6.9 g fat, 1.4 g saturated fat, 26.3 g carbohydrates, 8.3 g sugar, 40.8 g protein, 8.1 g fiber, 168 mg sodium, 0.5 Freestyle Smart Pts

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

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Recipe sounds great! How long would I cook this in an Instant Pot? Hoping you have an idea... Thanks!

Can you make this with ground beef instead of ground turkey? Not too sure what effect the pumpkin would have on the beef.

I just bought an instant pot as well--interested to see what your answer there is--as far as timing for it goes.

Just made it, yummy! The pumpkin made it creamy and rich.

@Paula - you can make it with ground beef but it will change the calorie content quite a bit. You don't need an instant pot for this recipe - you could cook it for maybe 8 minutes if you want to use it. I think it would work. Thanks for your questions!

Actually lean ground beef 95% lean has a comparable calorie count ounce for ounce as ground turkey breast - and personally I think it brings better flavor to a dish like this.

I have made this recipe many times over, I've used ground turkey breast, as original recipe calls for, have also used lean ground beef and also used lean 93/7 ground Turkey. We love this recipe, the pumpkin does change the taste at all, it absorbs the flavors around it and makes the chili rich and thick. This chili recipe is a staple in our house. Also have used pinto beans or kidney beans, personal preference! Thank you SG for suggesting the cocoa powder I think I'll give that a try. Love your recipes and reviews.

Sorry previous comment should have read "does not change flavor". Sorry my eyes aren't as good as the used to be.

Will be giving this WW friendly recipe a try. Last week I made a turkey pumpkin chili (very bland) we didn't care for, but your recipe has different ingredients including tomatoes. I'm looking for more ground turkey/chicken recipes to cut down on points. May also check points using very lean ground beef.

Can you taste the pumpkin? My hubby doesn't like pumpkin, but this just sounds and looks really good, I want to try it!!

No you do not taste the pumpkin, the pumpkin absorbs the flavor of all the spices and other ingredients and it has no flavor of pumpkin at all , at least mine doesn't.

I was thinking about what to make for dinner this weekend. I have my big cans of pumpkin already for pumpkin baked oatmeal. I will definitely give this a whirl. Sounds yummy and healthy. Great for office lunches for the week. Thanks!!

I made this last night and added the peanut butter, cocoa, and jalapeño. It was delicious mix of flavors and textures. Thanks for a great recipe.

This is the most unappealing combination of foods I've seen on your web site.

Then there's you nutrition facts. I'm guessing you got it out of a book or on the web. Nutrition information is known to be long out of date. So you're claims must be wild guessing. Lol not like you paid to have your dishes tested.

Can you put ingredients in slow cooker if meat is frozen and you add corn and beans later?

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