Turkey Pumpkin Chili

I’ve always loved this Turkey Pumpkin Chili recipe.  It’s a good-for-you kind of chili.  No guilt!

Turkey Pumpkin Chili recipe - from RecipeGirl.com

This is a nice recipe for a cold day! We sometimes serve this chili with shredded sharp cheddar sprinkled on top– melted and yummy!

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Turkey Pumpkin Chili


  • 1 pound 99% lean ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, with liquid
  • 1 (15 ounce) can unsweetened pure pumpkin pureé
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, with liquid
  • 1 (15 ounce) can Great Northern beans, with liquid
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons ground chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Brown meat in large pot. Remove meat and place on paper towels to remove excess fat. Wipe any remaining fat from the pot and coat pot with cooking spray.
  2. Sauté onion, bell pepper and garlic; sauté until tender. Return meat to pot. Add all remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Simmer 30 minutes to 1 hour. If chili is too thick for you, add more water, and adjust seasonings as needed.


  • Nutritional Information per serving (Serving size: Recipe divided into 8 equal portions) Calories: 276, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1.5g, Sugar: 4g, Fiber: 5.25g, Protein: 20g, Cholesterol: 45mg, Carbohydrates: 39g
  • Weight Watchers POINTS per serving:  Freestyle SmartPoints: 0, Points Plus Program: 7, Old Points Program: 7
SOURCE: RecipeGirl.com

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3 Responses to “Turkey Pumpkin Chili”

  1. postedJan 14, 2011 9:07 AM

    I hate to sound like a crazed fan – but I love your website!
    I have a quick question regarding the green chilies in your Turkey-Pumpkin Chili recipe: what can I use to substitute for the chilies? (They’re impossible to find in my area)

    • postedJan 15, 2011 7:07 PM

      @Erin, Canned diced green chiles are hard to find? Wow, that’s so strange- they’re everywhere I thought! In any case, you can always chop up a large green jalapeno pepper (take the seeds out first though and dice it finely). It will add a bit more spice though to your chili than the milder green chiles will.

  2. postedOct 21, 2013 2:43 AM

    Made this Chili the other day. Was awesome!

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