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!
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This recipe was great, with a few personalized tweaks. I even won the chili cook-off at my...