I’ve officially reached it: PEAK PUMPKIN RECIPE STATUS. This Crockpot Turkey Pumpkin Chili is a super easy chilli recipe using everyone’s favorite fall vegetable!
Turkey Pumpkin Chili Recipe
My daughter Ella loves everything pumpkin.
The majority of the pumpkin recipes I share on Sugar, Spice & Glitter are specifically requested by her, or are the result of my sneaky attempts to get her to eat foods she normally isn’t a fan of. This turkey pumpkin chili recipe is the latter.
For a pretty adventurous eater, Ella is not a fan of chilli. Goulash she loves, tacos and enchiladas she loves, but chilli gets no love. However, chilli is a universal favorite amongst my daycare kids and one of the easiest crockpot recipes for me to whip up in the fall, so I wanted to find some common ground with a chilli recipe that even she would eat.
Enter: Turkey Pumpkin Chilli.
The mere mention that this recipe had pumpkin in it convinced Ella to give it a try – and she loved it minus the beans. (Which ironically, my daycare kids love – a couple of them even love eating plain beans!) The next time I make this recipe, I’m going to make it bean-less and then add in a handful of beans when serving to the daycare kids.
That’s what I call a win-win.
Now, you can cook this recipe entirely in the crockpot, but I find it easier to brown the meat and saute the veggies on the stove, and then add everything to the crockpot for that low-and-slow flavor building. (Alternatively, you can also cook everything on the stove. It’s personal preference.)
This recipe makes the whole house smell like fall and there is nothing better than coming in from a crisp autumn day with the kids and dishing out a warm, comforting bowl of chilli. It’s filling and healthy, and they all sleep so well after a big bowlful!
This is the crockpot that I use the most often – it has a thermoshield which not only prevents little fingers from being burned if the kids touch the outside of the crockpot, but it’s also great for bringing along to potlucks. I also like that I can set the cook time on it, so if we end up taking too long playing outside (or running errands) I don’t have to worry about the food burning.
Ok, and without further ado – on to the recipe!
Ingredients for Turkey Pumpkin Chili
- 1 Tablespoon oil
- 1 pound of ground turkey
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 14oz can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
- 15oz can pumpkin puree
- 1 can white beans, drained
- 1 ½ Tablespoons chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon pepper, divided
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- ¼ cup water
Tip: this recipe also freezes well after preparing. Serve half and then freeze half for a future low-key supper.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Sharp kitchen knife
How to Make Turkey Pumpkin Chili in the Crockpot
Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add onion, turkey and green peppers, ½ teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of black pepper.
Cook until turkey is browned and onions are tender. Add in garlic, stir together.
Transfer turkey mixture into crockpot and add in the rest of the ingredients, stir together.
Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.
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This super simple turkey pumpkin chilli recipe is a delicious fall supper recipe that the whole family will love.