Enjoy the best fall flavors with this really easy 30 minute pumpkin chili with ground turkey. It’s delicious, easy, and packed with fiber.
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Back before I started Nourish Nutrition Co, I ran a food blog called Be Truly Nourished with my friend, Melanie. We started the blog after finishing up our dietetic internships, when we were new dietitians. That was about 5 years ago. Wow. Anyways, Melanie made this pumpkin chili, really similar to this 30 minute pumpkin chili with ground turkey recipe I’m sharing to today. I remade it because this was the first recipe on any blog of mine that my mom and grandma independently told me that they’d made, loved, and have made ever since. That’s right, with a recipe that I didn’t create. I think they still love me, but they for sure love this super easy and delicious 30 minute pumpkin chili with ground turkey. LOVE IT!
And I love it too!
Thanks Melanie for letting me share it again.
how this 30 minute pumpkin chili with ground turkey fits into my lifestyle
I mean, 30 minutes to dinner is always a good idea, but chili in 30 minutes? Oh yes! This chili is easy, stand near the stove and cook the onions and chili. The rest is all dumping ingredients, and letting it simmer. It’s great!
How it’ll make your life easier
You can make a huge batch of this chili to feed an army or just have leftovers for lunches and dinners. This is one of those meals that is even more delicious the next day(s). It also freezes easily, so toss some in a reusable container and freeze for an upcoming busy night.
Quick Notes on This Recipe
How to cook the ground turkey
After you’ve gotten the onions going and translucent, add the ground turkey. It’s ok if it starts out in a huge chunk, you can break it apart as it’s cooking. I love ground turkey especially in a soup/chili because it stays moist, while it easily loses moisture while cooking because of it’s low fat content.
How do you know when to add the spices
Like I said, my mom has been making this recipe since Melanie posted it for the first time years ago. She was actually in town and helped me make this video & take the photos. She told me to add the spices to the ground turkey, before adding in all the other ingredients. I’d read somewhere, whether in Milk Street or another cooking magazine, that you wait to add dried herbs/spices until the end of cooking. This is true for lots of recipes I guess, but this super seasoned turkey was amazing!
What if you don’t have all the ingredients?
One of my favorite things about cooking now is how ingredient lists don’t have to be followed to a T, well other than baking, those ingredient lists should be followed closely. But I’m never one to run to the store for any forgotten ingredient that’s not 100% necessary for a recipe. If I don’t have one of the types of beans or veggies that’s supposed to be in a recipe, I have zero reticence in subbing it or just leaving it out. Cooking and eating is something that enhances our lives, and if it adds more stress than necessary, something may need to change. That’s one change that has positively impacted my life. So, you don’t have red bell pepper, red kidney beans, or another ingredient? That’s fine sub another ingredient or just omit it. No harm no foul.
Melanie's 30 Minute Pumpkin Chili with Ground Turkey
- cutting board
- Measuring Spoons
- Measuring Cups
- Stock Pot
- can opener
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup chopped onion yellow or white
- 1/2 whole garlic clove minced
- 1/4 pound ground turkey
- 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- cayanne pepper to taste
- 1/4 whole green bell pepper chopped
- 1/4 cup corn
- 1/2 cans red kidney beans drained and rinsed
- 1/4 can (14.5oz) black beans drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cans (14.5oz) diced tomatoes including liquid
- 1/4 can (14.5oz) pumpkin puree
- water to desired thickness
- cheddar cheese for topping
- Add 1 tsp olive oil, 1/4 c onions, 1/2 tbsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp salt, and a dash of cayanne pepper to large cold saucepan. Heat saucepan, and stir occasionally. Once onions are translucent, add 1/2 clove of garlic and 1/4 lb ground turkey. Sautee until turkey is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
- Transfer to large pot if saucepan isn't big enough for the rest of the ingredients.
- Add 1/4 whole bell pepper, 1/4 c corn, 1/2 can kidney beans, 1/4 can black beans, 1/2 can tomato, and 1/4 can pumpkin to turkey mixture. Stir together. Add water to desired thickness. Simmer for 20 minutes.
- Serve with cheddar cheese and your favorite crusty bread.
- Add all the spice to cook with the onions, this brings out the flavor of the spices.
- Add garlic after onions are translucent, so they don't burn.
- Use any color bell pepper. Green bell peppers are usually the least expensive.
- Pay close attention to the canned ingredients you buy. Make sure to buy plain pumpkin puree & plain diced tomatoes. Pumpkin is often near pumpkin pie filling, which has spices you don't want, and many cans of diced tomatoes include Italian seasonings, which you don't want either.
- Buy both types of beans, and freeze leftovers or use them in tacos, quesadillas, other chilis, or on salads.
want more pumpkin? Check out these other pumpkin recipes-
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Let’s get chatty:
- What are your favorite ways to use pumpkin in the fall?
- what would you add to this 30 minute pumpkin chili with ground turkey?