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Autumn Pumpkin Chili

We have this turkey pumpkin chili often because everyone loves it, even the most finicky grandchildren. It’s a definite keeper in my book! —Kimberly Nagy, Port Hadlock, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 7 hours
  • Makes
    4 servings (1-1/4 quarts)


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small sweet yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Optional toppings: Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, corn chips and sliced green onions


  • In a large skillet, saute the onion and green and yellow peppers in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Crumble turkey into skillet. Cook over medium heat until meat is no longer pink.
  • Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the pumpkin, tomatoes, chili powder, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours. If desired, serve with toppings.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 281 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 468mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 7g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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  • Lissi
    Oct 15, 2020

    I thought this was pumpkin soup and wrote it down as pumpkin soup. I don't like chili that much so im now crying over how I accidentally made chili. Its good chili though like you can't go wrong making this chili. I just thought It was something else and now I'm sad. If my friends wanted to make chili I would point them to this recipe but I cant make this chili again. The memories would be too painful.

  • Debglass11
    Sep 25, 2020

    Very hearty chili! I doubled the ground turkey and tomatoes. Based on the other reviews, I added more garlic and instead of just chili powder I used two packets of chili seasoning and added more kosher salt to taste. So easy to put together and loved the fact that my slow cooker did all the work. The pumpkin made this chili very rich and thick, so I did add some water. Will definitely make again.....might add more pumpkin next time!

  • darlyn29
    Dec 27, 2019

    If you love pumpkin you'll enjoy this chili! I substituted plant based meat for the turkey and added jalapenos for a little heat. The chili is hearty and full of fall flavors that did not disappoint.

  • Virginia
    Nov 28, 2018

    Loved it! I made it just like to recipe.

  • Barbara05
    Jan 15, 2018

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  • pbates57
    Oct 10, 2017

    Loved it...added another can of diced tomatoes, 1/2 can of beer, white beans & a splash of apple cider.....SO YUMMY!

  • mkokguy
    Oct 10, 2017

    Like another reviewer, I added chili seasoning and 2 cans chili beans. Would have substituted black beans for one of the hili beans but I didn’t have any. We like things spicy so added some Jalape?os. It was delicious. Very hearty and satisfying.. served with fresh cornbread. The only thing that would have made it better were if it were snowing.

  • muffbear74
    Sep 25, 2017

    Pumpkin makes the chili nice and thick and hearty. Like many chlis, it is even better the next day.

  • Luv2cookFL
    Oct 31, 2016

    After reading the reviews I made this last night for our pumpkin carving family dinner...I modified it the following and it was a big hit! I added chopped celery to the onion and pepper mixture...I used McCormick chili seasoning envelope instead of just chili powder...I added a dash of cumin and sea salt...I used rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies...I added 1/2 can of black beans and 1/2 a can of pinto beans rinsed and drained half way through the cooking time and 1 cup of chicken broth as it was too thick. We topped it with Fritos, cheddar, and a scoop of sour cream. Served it with cornbread, fruit, and a salad. It will be a tradition for Halloween eve for us! Yum!!

  • Dibilaweed
    Oct 26, 2016

    I made this recipe exactly as it is written here. It is OK but heavy on the peppers flavor. Next time I will cut the peppers in half and add a can of beans.