Pumpkin Chili Recipe
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Pumpkin Chili Recipe

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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.
MAKES:11 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES: 11 servings


  • 3 pounds ground turkey or beef
    With Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

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  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 293 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 1,034 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 25 g protein.


  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.
Originally published as Pumpkin Chili in Country Ground Beef 1993, p23

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 293 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 1,034 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 25 g protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 7, 2013

"The sweetness reminds me of a Cincinnati chili."

Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

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

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."

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!"

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!"

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