Pumpkin Turkey Chili

This is our new favorite meal.  It’s easy and delicious and the pumpkin gives the chili a smooth, slightly nutty flavor.   Decorate a bowl with green onions, avocado, tomatoes, cheese and a few crushed tortilla chips. 

pumpkin turkey chili

Pumpkin Turkey Chili
Pumpkin is a good source of Vitamin A and adds a nutty flavor to the chili
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  1. 2 Tbsp of coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 small onion, chopped
  3. 2 ounces of canned chopped green chilis
  4. 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  5. 1 pound ground turkey
  6. 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, with their liquid
  7. 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  8. 1 cup water
  9. 1/2 tsp of chili powder - I use chipotle chili powder
  10. 1 tsp of ground cumin
  11. 1/2 tsp salt
  12. Ground black pepper to taste
  13. 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  14. Topping ideas
  15. Chopped Avocado
  16. Plain Greek Yogurt
  17. Tortilla Strips
  18. Small Heirloom Tomatoes
  19. Shredded Cheese
  20. Diced Green Onion
  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and brown for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add in turkey and break into small pieces until fully cooked.
  3. Add in garlic and green chilis.
  4. Add tomatoes, pumpkin, water, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
  5. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Ladle into bowls, top as desired and enjoy.
  1. The amount of green chilis, chili powder and cumin can be adjusted to your taste.
  2. When browning up ground turkey, I do several pounds at once and then package in freezer bags - this makes the putting together of this dish in the future a breeze.
  3. You can do the same with onions.
  4. Leftovers breeze beautifully.
Adapted from Whole Foods Market
Adapted from Whole Foods Market
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  1. Marilyn Daniels says

    Hi Debbie,

    Thank you for your presentation last night at Arizona Community Church -AWE Women’s bible study. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot! Not only was it informative, but inspiring! I look forward to checking your blog often and trying some of the recipes and health tips.

    Marilyn Daniels

    • Oh, Marilyn, it was so nice to see your comment; it made my day. I was blessed by with all of you yesterday. Thank you for stopping in and saying hi. Let me know if you have any questions.

  2. I don’t have a website, but I do want to say I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation last Wednesday morning. (I sat with you at the front table).

    • Hi Sandi,
      I remember. Thanks for stopping by the blog and saying hi and the encouragement. I so enjoyed being with you all at Arizona Community Church.

  3. This sounds so good! I really want to give it a try. Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog hop!

  4. Extra yummy and healthy too. xo