Black Bean 'n' Pumpkin Chili Recipe
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Black Bean 'n' Pumpkin Chili Recipe

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My family is crazy about this slow cooker chili because it uses ingredients you don't usually find in chili. Believe it or not, I discovered that pumpkin is what makes the dish so special. Cook up a big batch and freeze some for later; it tastes even better reheated. —Deborah Vliet, Holland, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2-1/2 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cubed avocado and thinly sliced green onions, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 192 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 658mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 7g fiber), 16g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and pepper; cook and stir until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker; stir in the next 10 ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours. If desired, top with avocado and green onions. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Black Bean 'n' Pumpkin Chili in Taste of Home October/November 2008, p39

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rush2ohio User ID: 1864805 263416
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2017

"Family loves this. I use tomatoes with green chilies to give it some kick."

greatwithoutgluten User ID: 6330173 258954
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2016

"This was good. I used steak instead of turkey and added chipotle powder. It was a nice change from our usual chili recipe."

5pudii User ID: 4697636 257409
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2016

"Husband says it's a keeper! I found this when looking for a different recipe for my leftover Thanksgiving turkey . I used leftover mashed sweet potatoes instead of pumpkin, subbed white beans (great northern) since i didn't have black beans on hand, and my canned diced tomatoes included green chilies. It was delicious!"

[email protected] User ID: 2731069 256733
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2016

"wow! wow! Wow! "Winner winner turkey dinner"!"

DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina User ID: 4938423 256474
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2016

"Excellent recipe! The ingredients are surprising but meld perfectly. The pumpkin adds to the flavor and texture but is not really detectable, which we liked. This recipe is easy, inexpensive and my family loved it. I will be making this regularly. I made it with leftover turkey as directed this time, but will try with ground turkey at other times of the year. The only modifications I made were to use a red bell pepper because that is what I had, and I added a little black pepper."

ms11145 User ID: 1604521 256090
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2016

"I leave out the meat to make it meatless. Excellent recipe."

[email protected] User ID: 77962 255021
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2016

"I've made this in the past and it's always good. It's nutritious and easily edible by children."

bemybliss User ID: 8174655 254833
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2016

"This is one of my favorite soups for fall winter. Sometimes I use rotisserie chicken instead or leave out the meat all together. Works great divided up in freezer bags and taken for lunch ."

CMoore78 User ID: 4688861 252191
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2016

"One of our favorites! Freezes well too!"

erinmarie78 User ID: 1623503 246438
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2016 Edited Apr. 3, 2016

"So delicious!! Had it not been for all the great reviews, I might have just passed on this recipe - so glad I didn't! The only changes I made were to increase the salt and add a little pepper. I also used red peppers instead of yellow and chicken instead of turkey, since that is what I had on hand. My whole family loved this, and my kids didn't even suspect there was pumpkin in it. This is so much healthier than my other chili - I will definitely be making this on a regular basis! And FYI, this is even better the next day."

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