- 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
- 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.
- 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).
Reviews for Black Bean 'n' Pumpkin Chili
"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."
"I like the idea of adding pumpkin to chili, and I enjoyed this recipe after I added lots more chili powder ( I like more heat than this recipe called for)."
"I've made this recipe a couple of times for my annual Super Bowl party. I've made it with the ground turkey and also made it without turkey and with vegetable broth to accommodate a vegetarian guest. Both times the chili was delicious. The pumpkin gives it nice flavor and texture. So easy to throw together and it cooks in slow cooker while I'm preparing appetizers and side dishes. I've made rice on the side and offer cheddar cheese and sour cream for those who want such (have it on hand from the other dishes I make for my party). Also offer tabasco for guests who want more kick. It's my favorite, go-to chili recipe."
"This was a tasty recipe and it made the whole house smell wonderful as it was cooking! I took this to a work potluck and the flavors melded nicely for a couple of days before I reheated it. You could really taste all the spices and the pumpkin added a depth of flavor that people couldn't quite figure out what it was until I told them. Very sublime. Great recipe, thank you!"
"I thought I would love it, but it was too soupy and spicy with no pumpkin taste. If I were to make it again, I would another can of pumpkin , one less can of tomato and one less cup of broth. I would use ground turkey and no oregano."
"I was really looking forward to this chili but was sadly disappointed. I used ground turkey because that's what I had on hand, but the flavor just wasn't what I was expecting at all. I "might" try it again and leave out the oregano. That just doesn't say "chili" to me. Based on all the good reviews I really thought I would love it, but didn't."
"Wonderful and creamy!"
"Wonderful. I used chicken instead of turkey and fresh parsley instead of dried."
"Loved this ! I used ground pork because I had it. You can probably use any ground or shredded meat. I added a 1/2 cup of salsa and a little more chili powder. I will add another can of pumpkin next time and a couple jalapenos. Toss a little grated cheese on top.Definitely a keeper !!"
"Yum! We enjoyed this very much. I used 99% lean ground turkey breast instead of the cubed cooked turkey, but made no other changes. Don't worry if you (like my husband) aren't a big fan of pumpkin -- you really can't taste it at all; it just adds fiber and nutrients, and helps to thicken the chili. Bonus for Weight Watchers followers: A generous serving is very low in points and very filling. Try it!"