Pumpkin Chili

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This Pumpkin Chili recipe is an obvious dinner choice for fall.

Pumpkin Chili

It’s not like you think.  The pumpkin in this Pumpkin 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!

I’ve been making this chili recipe for many years.  Every fall, I get out the recipe, and we enjoy it on a chilly evening or on football Sundays.  It’s mighty good with a generous sprinkle of sharp cheddar cheese and a spoonful of sour cream.

Pumpkin Chili topped with cheese and sour cream

And it goes perfectly with my recipe for Pumpkin Cornbread!

If you’re looking for recipes that might be good to serve with this Pumpkin Chili, you might like to try my Pumpkin Cranberry Breadsticks or this Maple Roasted Pumpkin Salad. Pumpkin Dinner Rolls and Apple, Bacon and Gorgonzola Salad would make a good pairing with this chili too.

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Pumpkin Chili

Another great chili recipe for fall!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 360kcal
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chili, pumpkin


  • 16 ounces 93% lean 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 pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • chopped green onion, for garnish (optional)


  • 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.
  • Return to heat and add the tomatoes, pumpkin, chili powder, cumin, pepper and salt. Stir well. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Serve topped with cheese, sour cream and chopped green onion.


  • Lighten this up by using leaner ground beef, low fat cheddar and light sour cream.
  • Serve this chili with pumpkin cornbread!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 519mg | Potassium: 1144mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 11855IU | Vitamin C: 72.7mg | Calcium: 246mg | Iron: 6.6mg

Note:  This recipe was originally published in 2008.  It was edited and re-published in 2017.

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  • Theresa@aloveafare wrote:

    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 🙂

  • Aimee B. wrote:

    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!

  • Angi wrote:

    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.

  • Tess wrote:

    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.