Turkey Pumpkin Chili

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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

I live in Arizona- where it doesn’t often get chilly outside.  In fact, if you live outside of Arizona, you may think we have hot, sunny weather all year long!  In fact, that is not true.  We do get some cooler temperatures!

Last night (January), temps dipped down into the 30’s.  And there was a good layer of frost on our poolside lounge chairs this morning!  This is quite a change in winter weather from when we lived in the Reno-Tahoe area, but I welcome that change for sure.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili recipe from RecipeGirl.com

In any case, the “warmer” winter weather we have here in Arizona still calls for some hot comfort food once in a while.  Chili is the perfect warm-you-up kind of meal.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili recipe from RecipeGirl.com

This Turkey Pumpkin Chili recipe is very easy to make.  You can have the whole thing prepared in just 20 minutes, and then let it simmer for 30 to 60 minutes.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili recipe from RecipeGirl.com

We sometimes serve this chili with shredded sharp cheddar sprinkled on top– melted and yummy!  Sour cream and fresh cilantro are good additions too.

If you’re following the Weight Watchers program, this chili computes to ZERO Freestyle SmartPoints.  That’s a big win!  I like to make a big batch of it to have for lunch all week long.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

  • 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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  • Mary Lou Green wrote:

    Love this chili. Make it all the time. I’m on Weight Watchers. Has anyone put it in slow cooker after they brown ground turkey and sauté onions, garlic and red pepper on stove top?

  • Gloria wrote:

    Woah! Zero points?? But, when I typed in the nutrition information into the Freestyle points calculator on my WW app, it came up as 7 points per serving…How can that be??

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I don’t know… if you look at all of the ingredients, they are all zero point foods!

  • Debbie wrote:

    Made this Chili the other day. Was awesome!

  • Erin wrote:

    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)

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      @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.