"An easy chili that's sure to please. I've made this for a Halloween party and a chili cook-off at work with great results! It's a great base with lots of options to spice it up depending on the crowd you're cooking for! I usually put everything together in the morning and let it simmer all day; cooking time can be adjusted to fit your needs." — coffee_junkee
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1 (28 ounce) can
cubed fresh pumpkin
1 (15 ounce) can
1 (15 ounce) can
seasoned black beans
pumpkin pie spice
My family really loved this chili. It is very thick and hearty and has a sweet spicy flavor. I like to prepare healthy meals for my family and am used to substituting ingredients to make them healthier but with this recipe I didn't have to change a thing! The only thing I did do differently was to use a 15 oz. can of pure pumpkin for convenience. I will be making this again!
I followed the recipe almost exactly-- including using fresh instead of canned pumpkin-- except that I couldn't fit all the beans into my slow cooker. I just don't enjoy the chill/pumpkin pie spice combination. It might be more bearable without the sugar, but I doubt I'll try the recipe again to find out.
This recipe was great, with a few personalized tweaks. I even won the chili cook-off at my job. Some variations that I tried which were extremely successful:
1. Sautee the (red) onion with olive oil, salt and cracked pepper prior to adding it into the cooker.
2. Season your turkey as it browns with salt, cracked pepper and a little chipotle chile powder.
3. Instead of chili beans, I used Great Northern. They really complimented the turkey, in my opinion.
4. Split your tomato portion - half regular diced, half fire roasted (as mentioned in other reviews).
5. Add in a small can of green chiles and diced jalapenos if you're looking for a little more spice with that sweet pumpkin.
6. Canned, pureed pumpkin works just as well if you feel like being lazy (I certainly was).
7. My local store was out of pumpkin pie spice (shame on me for waiting to buy it until October) - so I used varying dashes of Cinnamon, Paprika and Cumin.
8. Use Chipotle chili powder instead of regular. A couple tablespoons of cayenne pepper will also add some spice!
9. Season! Season! Season! There is no mention of salt and pepper in the ingredients, so I presume it's understood. But don't forget to SEASON the mixture!!
Finally, I created a special sour cream mixture by mixing 3 parts sour cream to 1 part pumpkin puree and added a little chipotle chile powder. This really made the dish!
This was so easy and inexpensive. Sweet and spicy, this was very good. Definitely will make again.
We LOVED this chili - the picture doesn't do it justice. Full of flavor and so healthy, too. I substituted Rotel for the tomatoes, so it was extra hot. I will add half the chili powder next time.
Simply fantastic!! Followed recipe to the letter but added 2/3 lb. Turkey Sausage, a Pumpkin Ale, can of mushrooms & 2 jalapenos for more "kick".... Came out the perfect blend of sweet & spicy!! A wonderful fall-time treat and a rather low calorie one at that!!
Healthy and yummy! The only thing I changed I used sweet potato cut up in place of the pumpkin and doubled it... My husband loved it!
I was hoping this would be the chili recipe that won my kids over but, sadly, it wasn't. I loved it though! It is a wonderful blend of fall flavors and the cinnamon really stands out. Next time, I may add some green chiles to kick it up a notch.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Turkey Chili
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 82
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