Chili is a great Fall one-pot wonder. This chili recipe boosts the flavor by using pumpkin puree as the base. It’s also loaded with healthy vegetables and lean protein (this recipe uses turkey, but I’ve also used tofu) for a very balanced meal. It’s suited for most diets as the chili itself is gluten-free and dairy-free.
So next time you’re hosting a football watching party or any other Fall event, be sure and add this recipe to your must-try list.
- 1 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree
- 2 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 green bell pepper, cored and chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, cored and chopped
- 2 jalapeño peppers, cored and chopped
- 1 small yellow onion
- 1 small red onion
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 ear of fresh corn, roasted*
- 1 tomato, cored and chopped
- 1 can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 pound ground turkey (or other protein of your choice)
- 1 cup water
- 2 TBSP chili powder
- 2 tsp ground cumi
- 1 tsp white pepper
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Hot sauce, such as Tabasco, to taste
- Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat.
- Add chopped onions, peppers, jalapeños and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until tender. Roughly 5 minutes.
- Add turkey (or other protein) and cook until browned.
- Add roasted corn, tomatoes, pumpkin puree, water and spices and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and add all beans.
- Cover and simmer, stirring every 5 minutes, for 30 minutes more.
- Serve chili in bowls with garnish. Some of my favorite garnishes include sliced avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt) and cilantro.
- *To roast corn, preheat oven to 350F. Place corn (in husks) on oven rack and roast for 30-40 minutes. Slice corn from cob.
You can mix and match the suggested garnishes as you see fit. I prefer all of them together. I also serve this chili with a jalapeño cheese cornbread and crumble it over the top. No matter how you dish it out, this is a great chili loaded with nutrients and perfect for a cool Fall day.
Photos courtesy of Miguel Solorzano Photography.