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Pumpkin Chili Recipe

Pumpkin Chili Recipe

This unique chili freezes well…but it still doesn't last around our farmhouse very long, especially when my five children and 13 grandchildren are around! —Betty Butler, Greencastle, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 70 min. YIELD:11 servings


  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) hot chili beans, undrained
  • 2 bottles (12 ounces each) chili sauce
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder


  • 1. In a large Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Add water if desired to reduce thickness. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Yield: 11 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 293 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 1034mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein.

Reviews for Pumpkin Chili

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Kmiller4261 User ID: 8565177 235209
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2015

"I made this for a little church chili cook off and won first prize I used regular kidney beans and sweet chili sauce also added brown sugar and paired it with pumpkin corn bread. Its a real winner."

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 231469
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2015

"YUM! What a fun and different take on chili. Didn't know how my husband would react to a sweeter version of one of his favorite meals. He LOVED it. Great autumn recipe...i plan to make this fall. Score!"

softballmom0312 User ID: 8062139 15104
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2014

"My family thought it tasted like a manwhich. We're putting the leftovers on hamburger buns."

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 20553
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2013

"The sweetness reminds me of a Cincinnati chili."

sheri61999 User ID: 7412209 20512
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"I tried out this recipe for an autumn themed dinner. Everyone loved it!"

feebee1 User ID: 7080369 20511
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013

"This was delicious. I made substitutions and it was still great. I used 1 pound 10 oz ground turkey because that's how much I had. 1 can of 10 oz tomatoes because I didn't have condensed soup. 1 bottle chili sauce. 1 can hot and 1 can mild chili beans as another reviewer suggested. Added a chopped up carrot to use up extra veggies I had. And I used 1/4 brown sugar plus added a clove of garlic. This was absolutely delicious."

strikerliker User ID: 3603877 41873
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2012

"I think this is the first time I've ever made chili. Not being one who craves "spicy", I used mild beans and instead of a tsp of white sugar, I used about 1/3 cup of brown sugar. It's just the right blend. I might not add a whole tsp of pepper next time, but the amount in the recipe adds flavor with a bit of a mild kick. I think next time, I will add the whole can of pumpkin for even more flavor, rather than dump the remainder down the disposal. Thanks for the recipe! Can't wait to top it off with a little cheese!"

LoveCheese86 User ID: 7047642 44893
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"WONDERFUL chili! I made it for a work potluck and it was gone before most people could try it. It also won me first place in the work potluck. I will definitely make again in the future. I usually don't even make chili in this big of a batch, but I should have made more!"

e_n71 User ID: 6948445 202115
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2012

"This is a five star chili! I made it for a church event and it won the chili cook off. More recently, my wife entered it in her work chili cook off, and she also won! We are two for two with this chili, thank you very much. Everyone asks for the recipe, or where I got it, and I tell them from the Taste of Home website."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1152827 45041
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2012

"This makes a load of chili! I used 1/2 ground beef and 1/2 ground pork. I really enjoyed the flavors. I did half the chili powder as I am not too fond of spicy. I also just tossed the whole can of pumpkin in. It adds a lovely richness! I just had to try the recipe as it was such an odd list of ingredients lol... what a winner!!!"

gingbaby User ID: 1949232 45038
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2012

"This is a quick recipe using convenience foods. I changed the beef to ground turkey and omitted the salt. I liked the spicy taste."

dsjorgy User ID: 2342538 44892
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2012

"Took this chile to a local chili cook of and won 1st prize!! The only thing I chaced was to use 1 can of mild chili beans and 1 of hot instead of 2 hot. It's a keeper!"

sooz2000 User ID: 5950290 20516
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2012

"this simple recipe won me best overall chili in yesterday's competition. i didn't deviate from the recipe at all except for adding garlic with the onion. and i did have a pumpkin sour cream for topping. delicious recipe and i will definitely make it again!"

pamdesrochers User ID: 2065163 18973
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2012

"I first made this chili recipe two years ago. It is delicious! One of our sons doesn't like chili, but he loves this one. I have had several requests for the recipe. It's wonderful with homemade cornbread on a cold fall or winter night."

flooblover User ID: 6884558 15103
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

"Everyone in my house loves this chili! I can't make it enough or make enough of it!"

RobbinsPPG User ID: 5620087 47011
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2012

"Yum! This is an autumnal (and other seasons) favorite. Whenever I bring this to the home kitchen table or to potluck gatherings, it is gone quickly! I made it just as stated and would not change a thing. As a go-along, I try variations of cornbread. All four of my daughters have this recipe and have also received raving reviews for chili 'well done'. I always like to play the game of Guess the Secret Ingredient to new tasters. When the answer is revealed, its a surprise, but explains the touch of sweetness."

swinny User ID: 1858482 44890
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"<p>This chili went to work for a pot luck lunch and everyone loved it! Will definitely make again. Actually making it today :)</p>"

MommyofAndrewAddyAlex User ID: 6084994 46912
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"This Chili has a unique taste. Four out of five family members liked it. It was easy to make, and perfect for a cool fall day."

frayssedj User ID: 3861920 40874
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"I made it for a chili cook off at work - I won for Most Original! Everyone loved it..."

Daffey User ID: 6353231 44459
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"I just wasted my money on spices and ground beef to make something that tastes like pumpkin and vinegar.If i'm lucky the ants will eat it because I will not.Stick to tradional chili."

JaneneMarie User ID: 2544958 40848
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"This Chili has started a new halloween Eve tradition for my husband and's wonderful and can be made ahead and kept warm."

justmeandtheboys User ID: 6326726 17170
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"This was a quick, inexpensive and delicious recipe. My husband said, "I never would have thought I'd like this.", but he did!"

michellitagirl User ID: 3723856 202114
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"This chili was amazing! I will probably only make this kind from now on! I was worried it would be too sweet but it was actually just a perfect mix of sweet and hot."

sleepycoconut User ID: 2394107 202113
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"This has quickly become a family favorite! My picky children who typically don't care for chili love the combination of flavors and frequently request this for dinner!"

Woelfe User ID: 6270281 44889
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"Happened across this recipe linked from a blog I was following and decided to whip it up. I made some minor adjustments for tasted, but mostly followed the recipe. Everyone who ate it gave it great review.

The blog that linked it suggested using Kielbasa sausage instead of turkey cuts (seemed odd), and it worked out great. I also cut the broth to 2 cups because I wanted it less soupy and it worked well for that. Also added 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes for some added heat. Spot on perfect.
Next time I might try using a ground turkey sausage for meat, and maybe add some corn to the mix.
Quick and easy recipe to enjoy - have at it!"

peanutbabygirl User ID: 6267454 44888
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2011

"I couldn't find regular chili sauce so I used sweet chili sauce only 1 bottle and added 3T chili powder, omitted the sugar and added 2C. pumpkin. This was so good I am planning on taking it to my works chili cook-off!"

muffinmonster User ID: 2793033 74209
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2011

"Did I hear that right?

@Nellstrum. Got a dog?"

Denessa User ID: 4530257 18573
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2011

"LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe. Used many times and always turns out perfect. I never have any leftovers and always get rave reviews when I take to chili cookoffs or church potlucks. I don't add the sugar and use ground turkey instead of ground beef."

Nellstrum User ID: 1088590 46910
Reviewed May. 17, 2011

"my mistake to use a whole can of pumpkin, also I found it too sweet, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like this even if I used 1/2 cup of pumpkin. I'm not sure what I will do with all the left overs. Not good."

Nellstrum User ID: 1088590 74208
Reviewed May. 17, 2011

"my mistake to use a whole can of pumpkin, also I found it too sweet, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like this even if I used 1/2 cup of pumpkin. I'm not sure what I will do with all the left overs. Not good."

daslorelei User ID: 5731551 202112
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"I have made this recipe several times. The fily loves it. I leave out the sugar and it tastes great."

Whisk-karrs User ID: 4511400 202111
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"This is 2nd time I've tried this type chili, and I have wasted my time and costly ingredients. I had not remembered trying it before, but it has an almost chemical taste. I'm trying to disguise flavor. Do not recommend to try even once - I'm sorry."

Weavo User ID: 3081286 15100
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2010

"My husband turned up his nose until he tasted it. We both enjoyed it very much."

cricketbean User ID: 4899745 17167
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"I loved this chili. I made it for a group and didn't tell anyone that it had pumpkin in it and everyone loved it. I used a can of pumpkin pie filling and ommitted the spice it was already in the canned pumpkin. I also ommitted the beans b/cuz husband does not like thme. THe sweet taste was different but delicious!"

PBinna User ID: 5560746 18972
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"I entered this chili in a Chili Cook Off and won the Peoples Choice award. I doubled the beans, used a whole can of pumpkin and didn't add the sugar. People LOVED it!!! I will DEFINATELY make this recipe again!!!"

deedeeneric User ID: 4805759 47400
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

"it was really good! loved the pumpkin taste!"

grensrud User ID: 4501110 15019
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2010

"This was fantastic! I served it up to a hunting crowd and only one person didn't like it....and until he knew there was pumpkin in it he never said a word:) Will definitely make again!"

citty72cat User ID: 4567202 40846
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"I rated this a 5, but it marked it at a 4 :(

This is an excellent recipe!"

citty72cat User ID: 4567202 202110
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"This is so great! I made it & shared with co-workers & family & they loved it! Even my picky 14 year old daughter rated it a 5! I made a new batch & substituted ground turkey for the beef & added some of the spices to the meat as it was cooking. So wonderful!"

Denessa User ID: 4530257 20552
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2010

"I made this chili for 2 potlucks and one family dinner. Everytime I have made it, there are no leftovers and everyone wants the recipe. I make mine with ground turkey instead of beef and leave out the sugar since it is sweet enough without it. LOVE this easy recipe and plan to make it many more times!!"

lazyjcafe User ID: 1762141 40845
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2009

"I liked the sweetness of this chili recipe. It's very different from my chili I normally make. I omitted the soup and used tomato paste and water insead. I also omitted the sugar because I thought it was sweet enough and added a bit of crushed garlic. Topped with sour cream and red onions, and served with garlic toast, I thought it was a wonderful meal!!"

gwenmbell User ID: 52005 41872
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"I received so many compliments on this chili today! We had a chili competition at work today to raise money for United Way....I found this recipe when I was looking for a pumpkin cookie recipe and thought I would try it instead of the same old chili stew I make every year. I made this with a few variations when I could not find Pumpkin Pie SpiceI couldn't find Pumpkin Pie Spice at 3 different grocery stores so I substituted 1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves. I used medium chili beans because I couldn't find hot. My 6-qt crock pot was the first one emptied! It was really delicious. I made it Saturday night and it was refrigerated 32 hours which gave the flavors time to really meld together. I was wondering what to do with the 2nd cup of pumpkin from the cake and now I know! I am going home to make more chili and put it in the freezer!"

mrsennis User ID: 523477 20515
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"The flavor is okay but way too sweet. I think using tomato sauce would be better than tomato soup and cut back on the chili sauce. Sorry, not one of my family's favorites."

j2goodes User ID: 4347651 45036
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2009

"WOW! This chili was exceptional! When my three young children were on their third bowls, I knew this was a keeper! Thank for sharing such a great recipe!"

whtstg19 User ID: 2701371 47398
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2009

"I made this for my company chili cook off and tied for second. Many people commented how much they liked it. I'm not a big chili eater, but I had two bowls and would definitely make this again at home."

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