A deliciously hearty turkey pumpkin chili that will have you coming for seconds and thirds. This warm chili is the perfect way to cozy up on cold nights.
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I am back with another savory recipe (and another pumpkin recipe!) for us to chow down on. This is another one of my favorite comfort foods that I make often because it is also really healthy. I started making this chilii back in 2012 when I got the idea of putting pumpkin puree into my chili from Hungry Girl. I thought it was such a brilliant way to use pumpkin for seasonal spirit and more fiber.
To me, chili is one of the best healthy foods you can eat (if you are smart with your toppings) because it is just veggies and beans and meat cooked in more veggies (is it still okay for me to call tomatoes a vegetable, or should I call it a fruit or berry or whatever they are calling it these days?) The addition of pumpkin makes it even healthier and I use ground turkey as a lean protein. To keep things healthy, I usually top my chili with avocado and nonfat Greek yogurt, plus just a light sprinkling of cheese because…. cheese.
This turkey pumpkin chili is such a great way to get your kids to fill up on veggies because it is full of vegetables, but still tastes amazing. You don’t even realize that you are eating a ton of vegetables in each bowl. The spice here is just right. Enough just to tickle your tongue, but nothing that will have you gasping for water. If you are absolutely against spice, you can take out the crushed red peppers and half the chili spice in half. You still need some of it for its flavor, but it won’t impart enough spice for it to really bother you. I love using Hunt’s and RO*TEL sauce and diced tomatoes because they bring so much flavor to the table without me having to fuss over developing flavor in the tomato base. They’ve done that for you.
I cook my turkey, onion, and garlic before I add it to the slow cooker for the bring out the best flavors. You can skip this step and add everything right into the slow cooker if you want.
If you need help finding Hunt’s and RO*TEL products, and want to know where to look for fresh ingredients to add to your chili, here are a few handy photos for you!