Happy #NationalPumpkinDay friends! I am a fan of anything pumpkin, except PSL ( pumpkin spice lattes). I am probably the only girl to ever make that statement. They are just so sweet AND loaded with calories.
Now that it is finally cooling down, what better way to celebrate this fun holiday than with a bowl of chili? This turkey pumpkin chili is a great healthier alternative to regular chili. Pumpkin adds a sweet, yet nutty flavor that is delicious. Plus there are so many reason we should eat pumpkin.
-Rich in vitamin A & C
-Helps keep your: joints, organs, eyes, bones, and teeth healthy.
-Helps your: immune system, fertility, and skin.
-Prevents premature aging
Ok, with all of that I’m sold. I’ll be eating pumpkin every meal. Ha! Just kidding… maybe.
I know this sounds like an unappetizing combination at first, but trust me it’s awesome. Even my picky family loved it! PLUS, it’s quick and easy!
- 2 tablespoons EVOO (or I used coconut oil)
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and chopped
- 2 jalapenos, seeded and finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 pound ground turkey (I accidentally bought ground chicken, it was still great.)
- 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, with liquid
- 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Ground pepper, to taste
- 1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Optional: 1/2 cup Pumpkin flavored beer
- Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
- Combine onion, bell pepper, and garlic in pot. Stir frequently, until tender, around five minutes.
- Add turkey (or chicken 😉 ) and cook until it's browned.
- Add tomatoes, pumpkin puree, water, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. (I added the pumpkin beer at this point and about 1/2 the cup of water instead of 1 cup.- optional)
- Reduce heat to medium-low and add kidney beans.
- Cover pot and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
- Laddle chili into bowls (or pie pumpkins if you want to get creative) and ENJOY!