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Anytime Turkey Chili

I created this dish to grab the voters’ attention at a chili contest we held in our backyard. With pumpkin, brown sugar and cooked turkey, it’s like an entire Thanksgiving dinner in one bowl. –Brad Bailey of Cary, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 2/3 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups cubed cooked turkey breast
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, optional


  • In a large saucepan, saute the onion, green pepper, oregano and cumin in oil until vegetables are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • Stir in the beans, pumpkin, tomatoes, broth, water, brown sugar, chili powder and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Add turkey; heat through. If desired, top with cheddar cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 241 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 478mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 10g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.

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  • Katy's mom
    Nov 2, 2020

    Well, people put all kinds of things in chili, including bananas and chocolate, so why not pumpkin? It could work, but I don't think I would use an entire can of it. Just a couple of tablespoons. But then what to do with the rest of the pumpkin? Muffins maybe? I would increase the amount of chili powder and leave out the brown sugar. Chili is supposed to be savory.

  • mecss
    Nov 10, 2016

    This recipe is a good idea, but too bland, too tasteless. I suggest you increase the spices and consider adding tomatoes with jalapenos.

  • Mandy257
    Jan 22, 2015

    Both of my kids loved this chili. DH said it was a little bland, and I kind of agreed with him. I will make it again, but I will triple the spices next time. Our family loves bold flavors. It is a little thicker than regular chili, but an excellent way to use up left over turkey.

  • Lor207
    Aug 13, 2013

    Wonderful flavors! Ou new favorite chili!

  • Lor207
    Aug 13, 2013

    Wonderful flavors! Our new favorite chili!

  • snwilliamson
    Apr 23, 2013

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  • internet.rhino
    Jan 31, 2013

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  • dancingmom
    Nov 1, 2011

    I was very hesitant to add the pumpkin but this was just the missing ingredient in ALL chilis! Fantastic! Just make sure you don't use the canned pumpkin pie. Use the pure pumpkin. I used 2 lbs ground turkey because that is what I had in the freezer. Just amazing! Thank you!

  • laf67
    Oct 16, 2011

    Was very good... and not too difficult to toss together. I used ground turkey instead of cubed and added a little extra chili powder and an extra can of beans. Next time I think I will add in some corn (a suggestion from hubby). Will be making again!

  • ahmom
    Oct 2, 2011

    I really wanted to like this, but we didn't.