Pumpkin Chili

An obvious dinner choice for fall:  Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Chili

It’s not like you think.  The pumpkin in this chili doesn’t give it any kind of weird pumpkin flavor or anything like that.  The pumpkin puree simply gives this chili an amazing, velvety texture.  You must try it!

Pumpkin Chili Recipe - from RecipeGirl.com

I love to make this chili recipe in the fall for football Sundays.  And it goes perfectly with my recipe for Pumpkin Cornbread!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Pumpkin Chili

The pumpkin adds a smooth, velvety texture.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup unsweetened pure pumpkin pureé
  • 1 tablespoon ground chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • chopped green onion


  1. Heat a skillet to medium-high heat. Brown the ground beef in the pan with the onion, bell pepper and garlic. Remove the pan from heat, and spoon out the grease.
  2. Return to heat and add tomatoes, pumpkin, chili powder, cumin, pepper and salt. Stir well. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Serve topped with cheese, sour cream and chopped green onion.


  • Lighten this up by using lean ground beef, low fat cheddar and light sour cream.
  • Serve this chili with pumpkin cornbread!
SOURCE: RecipeGirl.com

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5 Responses to “Pumpkin Chili”

  1. postedMar 7, 2010 6:57 PM

    I use pork and turkey instead of beef just a personal preference and I add a half cup of natural peanut butter to my chili along with the pumpkin.

    Lori, yours looks great! I am enjoying your site very much.

  2. postedOct 25, 2011 9:10 AM

    I added Chipolte Peppers in this as well… with adobe sauce…. Only 1 if more makes it to spicey for my family. but adds dept to the chili.

  3. postedJan 13, 2012 8:22 PM

    This sounds so good. I think I’ll just swap ground turkey in for the beer.

  4. postedOct 7, 2012 12:14 PM
    Aimee B.

    I made mine just like the recipe and I’m letting it sit in the Crock Pot for about 4 hours on high. I’m really looking forward to tasting it!

  5. postedSep 18, 2016 7:09 PM

    This sounds interesting. I love pumpkin and always look forward to the pumpkin season. I would have never thought to put pumpkin in chili. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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