Vegetarian Pumpkin Spinach Chili Recipe -
Vegetarian Pumpkin Spinach Chili Recipe
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Vegetarian Pumpkin Spinach Chili

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"This easy chili is unique and delicious. It has the added bonuses of iron, vitamin A, and protein. It's also completely vegetarian!"

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Original recipe makes 9 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs 20 mins

    3 hrs 45 mins


  1. Combine the tomatoes, pumpkin, vegetable juice, okra, broccoli, carrot, zucchini, onion, pumpkin pie spice, sugar, vinegar, chili powder, salt, and pepper in a slow cooker; cook on High until the vegetables are tender, 3 to 4 hours.
  2. Stir the vegetarian ground beef crumbles, fava beans, and spinach into the tomato mixture; continue cooking until completely warmed, 20 to 30 minutes more.
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  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 05, 2010

I had a lot of pumpkin puree, so I looked for some recipes. I love how you can place everything in the crock pot and then forget about it. It has a very different taste, and plenty of spice. We couldn't find fava beans, so I used garbanzo beans, and they tasted really good! I couldn't even taste the veggie meat, but it's healthy and was definitely in there! This tastes good on a cool fall or winter night.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 18, 2010

This could be an awesome dish with a few tweaks. I had trouble mixing the ingredients because there simply wasn't enough liquid - I ended up adding 8 cups of water just to get the ingredients to mix. I couldn't find fava beans in my area so I substituted butter beans. I didn't have pumpkin pie spice in the house so I made my own from nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and clove, making sure to use only 1 TBS of my spice mixture. I added double the chili powder. In the end, the dish was terribly underflavored. Adding salt at the table helped but wasn't enough. Next time I make this I will quadruple the chili powder, double the black pepper and add a bit of cayenne. I will also probably quadruple the amount of vegetable juice and add vegetable broth as well. Additionally I will add more spinach - we like spinach.


23 Ratings

Oct 05, 2010

Yummy!!! Didn't have Broccoli or spinach and after it had simmered decided to just leave the vegetarian ground beef crumbles out cause we loved the flavor already!!! Will make again and try it with broc & spinach!

Jan 25, 2011

I made this exactly as written and found it to be quite good. I didn't think the pie spice was overwhelming, but you can definitely taste the pumpkin which I love. It's not something I would make on a regular basis, but if you want something a little different and extremely healthy, this is a great recipe.

Sep 09, 2010

I think the 2 tablespoons of pumpkin spice could be reduced to one. My whole house smelled like I was baking an apple pie from the cinnamon.

Sep 07, 2010

I added more garlic and ommited the broc because that would make the whole thing weird.

Oct 14, 2010

This was very easy to make and turns out wonderful. I omitted the vegetarian crumbles and okra. Added everything else, and I even made a mistake by adding the spinach in at the start of cooking, and it turned out just fine. Will definitely be making this one again in the future!

Feb 09, 2011

I prepared this for my friends annual Chili Cookoff. We did not win, but I'm still very proud of my creation. Infact, this maybe my very first creation--ever. So, yes it was that simple. And I even strayed from the recipe--another first! We added a can of corn, a can of black beans, nutmeg and cinnamon. It had amazing texture, and a great combination of sweet/spicy! Definitely making this again!


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  • Calories
  • 177 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 27.1 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 2.4 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 7.5 g
  • 30%
  • Protein
  • 12.1 g
  • 24%
  • Sodium
  • 854 mg
  • 34%

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

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