Who knew that the secret ingredient in chili was canned pumpkin?! The flavor it adds is super mild, but the body, texture, and depth of flavor it gives to the chili can't be matched!
If you’re one of those people who waits for fall all year you’re probably a pumpkin enthusiast like me. Pumpkin is often found in sweet dishes, but as a member of the squash family, it is equally versatile with savory flavors. I’ve utilized pumpkin purée for ease but if you have some extra pumpkins on hand from visits to the patch, go for the pumpkin triple threat! Add in some roasted pumpkin chunks and toasted pumpkin seeds sprinkled on top (‘sugar’ or ‘pie’ pumpkins between 4-8 lbs are best for cooking). Chili is one of my top comfort foods and this pumpkin one is a great dish for the season as its festive but also healthy and filling.
ONE POT WONDERFUL
Fans of simplifying dinner rejoice! This recipe can be easily made in 45 minutes tops, so those who aren’t morning people won’t have to worry about setting a slow cooker before you go about the rest of your day. Aside from some minimal prep work for the produce, this recipe is accomplished all in one pot. Easy to make, easy to clean up. As the chili is on a low simmer for 20 minutes, it wouldn’t hurt to check on it every so often and give it a stir.
I love serving this hearty chili with a classic cornbread to round out the meal. The great thing about chili is that it can feed a crowd with minimal effort. Keep this recipe in mind for a football watch party, game night, or office potluck! This recipe can easily be made vegetarian or vegan with the omission of turkey and/or the cheese and sour cream. For a vegetarian/vegan preparation, consider adding some lentils, kidney beans, or pinto beans along with the black beans for some extra protein.