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 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

Nutritional Facts

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

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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."

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!"

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2014

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

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!"

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."

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!!!"

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