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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Turkey Chili Recipe
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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Turkey Chili

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"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."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs 10 mins

    3 hrs 25 mins


  1. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat; brown turkey, stirring often, until crumbly and no longer, pink, about 10 minutes. Drain and discard any fat.
  2. Transfer turkey to a slow cooker and stir in diced tomatoes, pumpkin, chili beans, black beans, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and chili powder. Set cooker to Low, cover, and cook until pumpkin is tender and has started to break apart, at least 3 hours.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 10, 2013

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! Enjoy!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 02, 2014

When I saw this recipe and read the reviews, I couldn't wait to try it. I love pumpkin and I love chili, but they are not meant to be put together. It tasted like I dumped a pumpkin pie into my chili. Like some other reviewers, I used a can of pumpkin instead of fresh. Maybe that makes a difference, but I doubt it.

Jan 20, 2013

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!

Jan 18, 2013

This was so easy and inexpensive. Sweet and spicy, this was very good. Definitely will make again.

Nov 05, 2012

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.

Nov 20, 2012

This is very good. It is very hearty and has a bit of sweetness to it. Ignore the photo, which makes it look disgusting, and just follow the recipe.

Jan 23, 2014

I'm a Texan and we love our chili HOT, so when I decided to try this recipe, I was skeptical that we would like it. I had leftover turkey and since the weatherman was predicting ice and snow, my family wanted chili. So I searched Allrecipes and found this one with the interesting pumpkin addition. I had never heard of putting pumpkin or sweet potatoes in chili. That sounded insane. But wanting to try something new, I tried this recipe using my leftover turkey chopped up, sweet potatoes instead of pumpkin, and added more heat with jalapenos, Cajun seasoning, and chipotle chili powder. I also added a bag of frozen chopped onions and peppers and fresh cilantro. OMG! It was delicious. I had to stop my boys from eating it after 3 bowls each. I served it with just tortilla chips, nothing more on top as some suggested. If you are skeptical, try this and add your own flair to it. I even had to give the homemaking teacher at my school the recipe after she tried it. She was amazed at the flavor of the sweet and spicy blend. This will definitely become part of my chili rotation.

Jan 23, 2014

This was so delicious and very well received on a Football Sunday. Didn't think the fresh pumpkin was going to be easy to deal with but it was.


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  • Calories
  • 338 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 41.9 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 56 mg
  • 19%
  • Fat
  • 9.1 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 10.6 g
  • 43%
  • Protein
  • 25.1 g
  • 50%
  • Sodium
  • 857 mg
  • 34%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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