Black Bean 'n' Pumpkin Chili Recipe
- 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
- 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).
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.
Reviews for Black Bean 'n' Pumpkin Chili
"Family loves this. I use tomatoes with green chilies to give it some kick."
"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!"
"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."
"I leave out the meat to make it meatless. Excellent recipe."
"I've made this in the past and it's always good. It's nutritious and easily edible by children."
"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 ."
"One of our favorites! Freezes well too!"
"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'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!"
"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!"
"This is a simple and good tasting chili!"
"Really good, tastes like a southwestern chili, will make again!"
"We loved it!"
"I made this and my family devoured it. Only substitutions (because of what I had on hand) were chicken tenders for turkey, fire roasted diced tomatoes (gave a little extra kick) and home made veggie broth that I had frozen previously in place of the chicken broth. This is a great tasting soup/stew and I will be making it again."
"This was a big hit in our house. I left the pumpkin part a secret and just told them it was a black bean chili. I used chicken tenderloins that I cooked with the onion, yellow pepper, and garlic. I also doubled the salt and added 1/2 t of ground black pepper. I will definitely be making this again!"
"Excellent twist on chili. Used pumpkin puree (it's what I had at hand) and added a chunked sweet potato (for texture and bulk). Recipe is quite 'mild' as is. I added a tsp of chipotle powder and a bit of crushed pepper in addition to the chili and it still barely tingled. Good fiber and fairly low net carbs. Very easy. Will make again."
"Wonderful with leftover turkey"
"soup is delicious - and what a nice change from your typical chili! Even my picky husband loved it. After he had a bowl I told him pumpkin was in it and he gave me the "get-out-of-here, don't-tell-me-that'" look. I just laughed and I don't know if he realizes pumpkin is really in it or not but eating 2 bowls means he thoroughly enjoyed it! It is a very easy recipe. The only changes I made was I baked chicken tenders (because that it is what I had in the house) to add to the chili and simmered soup on the stove for 45 minutes instead of in the slow cooker. Either way - Delicious!! For those that gave it 1, 2, or even 3 stars - they had to have made a mistakes in making it. And if it was too bland - spice it up!"
"My entire family loved this recipe. An easy recipe to make that tastes great. I was short on time so I skipped the slow cooker and cooked it on the stove top for 45 minutes. Couldn't find chunked pumpkin so I used 8 oz of frozen sweet potatoes and 8 oz of frozen butternut squash. I will be making this recipe often."
"I've made this 3 or 4 times now, most recently for a Halloween themed potluck at work. Because we were supposed to come up with a spooky theme I labeled it Pumpkin Chile with Black Beetles. The beetles, of course, were the black beans. I didn't have any turkey so I sprinkled some Southwestern style seasoning on a package of chicken thighs after removing the skin and baked them. When the thighs cooled off I chopped them up and added them to the chili. I usually cook this on the stove top since I 'm not patient enough to wait for the slow cooker. I made a double batch and poured as much as I could fit into the slow cooker the next morning. Several coworkers took some of the leftovers home for dinner. It did come out a little soupy (add broth gradually) but it tasted great."
"I made this without the meat (I didn't have any), used vegetable broth (not because I'm vegetarian, but because it's what I had on hand), and I oven roasted about a pound of pumpkin chunks from a small pumpkin and pureed it. I also used a can of Rotel instead of diced tomatoes. Roasting the pumpkin made it really yummy."
"Delicious and the pumpkin gave it a different flavor"
"My daughter does not like chili, period. Except this one. She can't digest chili-powder foods very well, but we have found that when I substitute pumpkin pie spice for most (not all) of the chili powder, and add some brown sugar and a bit of cinnamon I have to make a double batch or we won't have any leftovers. Also, when I use ground turkey we like the texture more. Great dish!"
"I made this on the stove top, since I was getting dinner started late. Used diced cooked chicken instead of the turkey, because I always have it on hand in the freezer. Used a full quart of chicken broth (4 cups) instead of the 3 cups called for, because I like more volume. And for the diced tomatoes, I used Del Monte diced tomatoes and zesty jalapenos because my husband and I like spicy. It turned out great!! Definitely a keeper."
"Great recipe Added a few jalepenoes for heat. !"
"Love this! And it's so easy!! A versatile recipe, ingredients are easily swapped out."
"LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! We always have a big gathering in the fall with friends and family, this is always the favorite."
"This a great one to make for the fall season. Tasted great. I used ground turkey in place of cubed turkey. I loved this bc I could also feed this to my son who is now eating solids. I just mashed the beans flat with a fork so they were not a choking hazard and broke the ground turkey in small pieces while cooking it."
"This chili is awesome!! My family requested that make it again but with more beans and corn."
"This is one great recipe. We love in the fall and winter, since it gives a great vegatable serving! We spice it up a bit by adding some cayenne and/or jalepeno peppers"
"Use Rotel tomatoes instead of reg to add more spice."
"This was super easy and inexpensive and my fiance loved it!I took a few suggestions from other reviews:turkey kielbasa instead of chicken1 can rotel instead of diced tomatoes3T chili powder2 cups chicken broth (still a little too soupy for my taste, would likely do 1.5 next time)dash of cayenne pepperdash of red pepper flakes1/2tsp cinnamon"
"My entire family loved this. Here are the changes I made: used a red pepper, skipped saute step and put it all in the slow cooker, added another can of black beans, used 2 large cans of chicken instead of turkey, added 1/2 teaspoon of chipotle chili powder, used 2 teaspoons of salt. Also I had made some corn stock (from left over cobs that I had frozen the corn off, Eugina Bone's recipe) and used that instead of chicken broth."
"One of the best chili recipes! I make this every year in the Fall and Winter. Everyone I make it for ALWAYS ask for the recipe."
"This is more than excellent and I wish I could give it more stars."
"Fantastic! Would rate a six if I could! So unique to have a chili that doesn't have a 'red sauce' flavor. Will be a regular!"
"This is a monthly meal. For our family i use half black bean, half northern. I add 2 tsp cinnamon, and 3+ tbsp brown sugar. Since peppers are hcrazy expensive when we want to eat it, i freeze chopped fresh peppers in the summer."
"What a wonderful surprise! Very easy to make and tastes fabulous. A nice addition to my gluten-free menu."
"I make this dish regularly in the cold weather months. Love it!"
"Good fall soup:)"
"Based on previous reviews that it was too soupy, cut the chicken broth to 2 cups. Also substituted 1 10 oz can Ro-Tel original plus 1/2 of 8 oz can tomato sauce for the diced tomatoes. Used rotisserie chicken instead of turkey and replaced the yellow pepper with celery. Garnished with sour cream and crushed tortilla chips. Didn't really taste the pumpkin as much as it just gave it a wonderful earthy taste. The whole family loved it!"
"This was very very YUMMY, but I did need to add a lot more spice to it. I used about 3 TBS of Chilly powder and 1 tbs of Cayenne pepper and I don't like things to be spice, but this made it just spice enough! YUM YUM"
"I made this, but after reading some of the reviews that thought it was a little bland, I decided to use chunky salsa in place of the diced tomatoes and I used turkey sausage instead of the cooked, diced turkey. It was delicious....I will definitely be making this again and sharing the recipe with my friends"
"Unique and very tasty."
"i made it for about 20 souls they all loved it"
"Delicious! Yes, I did tweak the spices, cut back to 1 cup chicken broth to make it chunkier & left out the turkey to make it very low-cal, but it was good. Just add more spice. Tastes like a spicy butternut-squash soup...I even thought I might use my immersion blender & process it very smooth. Lots of ideas with this basic soup!!!"
"I love this recipe, but it definitely needs more spices. I added more chili powder, garlic powder and salt. This will definitely become a fall staple."
"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!"
"I really like the idea of the pumpkin and it does thicken the chili nicely, but I also found the chili to be a little bland. It really needs a little more salt, chili powder, and a bit of sweetness to bring out the flavors and enhance the pumpkin. So I added 2 T of Frank's hot sauce, a bit more chili powder, 1 T of packed dark brown sugar and 2 Splenda packets to sweeten a bit more but not wreck the nutritional value of the recipe! chili and the intensity of flavors is a personal preference... I've modified the recipe to our family's preferences! I will make this again! Thanks for the great idea!"
"This was so good!! The pumpkin was perfect as a thickening agent. I'm putting this on my Halloween dinner party menu!!"
"My kids and I love this ."
"Came out really soupy. Next time would add chicken broth by only a fraction."
"I have made this multiple times. The first few times I made it I only used 2 cans of chicken broth and substituted tomato puree or paste for the canned tomatoes. This recipe is a little tricky just because if you don't have a good balance of spice, the pumpkin can be a little funky if you're not a huge pumpkin fan. My family really likes it, and overall they are generally picky eaters."
"It just tasted funny to me."
"The pumpkin adds a creamy, delicious texture. I made this one vegan by omitting the meat and using veggie broth :)"
"I really changed some things in this recipe but plan on trying the original when i have all the ingredients. I used extra beans and cubed chicken (did not have turkey) didn't have yellow pepper so used frozen summer squash diced. also out of tomato's so used salsa which made it so thick so used extra broth. Not done yet buy did taste test and its wonderful and soooo full of flavor. The five stars if because I already know the original recipe is great without trying it yet. I also sauted the chicken pieces in the olive oil then the onionsand garlic along with the bits of goodies left in the pan.... wonderful!thank you for the great recipe...."
"this was great! substituted out the tomatoes and replaced with more pepper. Also added more pumpkin. It was great! everyone loved it"
"This Black bean and Pumpkin chili recipe is terrific! Very fast and simple preparation. However, I did add 1Tbsp. tomato paste, 1 can of pinto beans, cooked and crumbled bacon. I also used basil instead of parsley and oregano only because I ran out. Defiantly adding this recipe to my recipe book!"
"Loved this recipe we actually used chopped Chorizo instead of turkey. Yum Yum, even my little kids liked it!!"
"Neither my husband or I are pumpkin fans but this was excellent. Will make again for company."
"Made this twice in two weeks, once to try and again to serve for company. I did add half a can of tomato paste to thicken up, but I like my chili thick. Very tasty!"
"I made this last night with a pre-cooked turkey breast from the supermarket deli. I made it on top of the stove instead of in the crock pot and let it simmer for about and hour to blend the flavors. I had about 3/4 of a can of pumpkin left over from a coffee cake I had made last weekend and it worked out fine. I used lower sodium chicken broth and black beans and it was still salty enough for us. I also substituted a can of mild diced tomatoes with chiles for the regular diced tomatoes. I noticed one reader said that the recipe turned out too soupy. Try taking the lid off and cooking it on high a little longer in the crick pot or simmering it with the lid off for a few minutes on top of the stove. My husband and son both rated this a 5. The best part is that they never guessed it had canned pumpkin in it."
"This is so delicious! I made it for my Recipe Club and everyone loved it. I have made it several times since. It is fantastic flavor, easy to make and soooo good for you!"
"I made this on the stove and my friends and family loved it! I made it 3 times in one week!!! Loved it!!"
"when i make chili i brown the meat then add all the spices and let simmer for 20 min,it seems like then u can taste the spices better.I used ground turkey and one can of (Red Gold) petite diced tomatoes with chilies (Hot) lots more flavor. used one can black bleans and one can dark red kidney beans did not add the yellow pepper- hubby does not like peppers in his chili. thanks for sharing!"
"I didn't use the chicken broth I used a large can of crushed tomatoes, + a spicy can of diced tomatoes, along with extra spices, + sugar, the taste is a bit bland w/o the extra ingredients, oh and lots of hot sauce."
"Doubled the recipe and added a rotisserie chicken to it and it was wonderful!"
"loved it, pumpkin gave me less of a problem with stomach acid afterward that I typically have with chili. No tums for me"
"This is my ALL TIME favorite recipe! As soon as the fall temps arrive it is the first thing I make. I am on Weight Watchers and this recipe fits right into my plan! Full of healthy, hearty and yummy ingredients!"
"Made this recipe this past weekend and absolutely loved it!! Family was a little unsure about the pumpkin in it until they tried it...my boys couldn't get enough!!"
"so yummy will make many more times before the weather warms"
"I made this for my family it fit into the weight watcher plan and they all loved it and could not guess the secret ingredient."
"This was absolutely delicious! I can't wait to make it again. Can't say enough about it, it was great.I mostly like "regular" chili recipes, this was a little different, will be my new favorite. You HAVE to make this!!!! Deserves more than 5 stars!"
"Yum! For our tastes, I omitted the yellow pepper, and grilled a couple chicken breasts on the indoor grill to replace the turkey. Used part of a packet of chili seasoning instead of the spices called for, and added a can od whole kernel corn for a bit more sweetness. Served it with shredded cheddar, tortilla chips and sour cream. Hubby loved it - even after I confessed about the pumpkin!"
"Excellent - I doubled the recipe as I had 29oz can of pumpkin, there was enough room in the large crockpot."
"For a little extra kick, I added a chopped jalapeno. It is so good, my husband requested that I make it for him to take deer hunting to share with the gang."
"Not impressed at all, but much better than the last bean soup I made."
"This is a great seasonal twist to keep the family's taste buds happy."
"I was a little apprehensive about this one, but boy was it tasty. I think this will be one of my favorites this fall. Absolutely delicious."
"I think I would try chicken next time. I would have liked a bit stronger pumpkin flavor as well. I tossed in a dash of cinammon, which added a nice flavor."
"I used a roasted chicken. It was very good."
"this chili is wonderful & low cal."
"Very good! I made this vegetarian by substituting tempeh for the turkey and vegetable broth for the chicken broth. I steamed the tempeh and then sautéed it with olive oil and a dash of chili powder, then added it to the slow cooker with the other ingredients. I will definitely be making this recipe again and again! Yum!"
"I made this multiple times last Winter! It is yummy as well as very nutritional. I love it!"
"Everyone who has every eaten this at my house loves it. I have made it a few times since I saw it here a couple of years ago. Tried, true and great for you!"
"Tremendous! I wish there was a choice for 6 stars! Unusual ingredients make up one delicious chili. So good- just try it."
"I used freshly cooked (mashed) butternut squash in mine and put quite a bit extra in. Delicious! (You don't taste the pumpkin.)"
"This chili is fantastic! My six year old gobbles it up."
"I made this with ground beef instead of turkey, red beans instead of blacks, and added more salt and other seasonings (some southwest chipotle seasoning, additional cumin and chili powder) than the reciped indicated. Very hearty and filling - we liked it very much. Served with shredded cheddar on top. We will definately have this again!"
"I used a can of diced tomatoes w/ green chilies instead of plain diced tomatoes to add more flavor. Everyone loved it!"
"For a Meat Free ... Spice to taste .. Omit the Meat .. Subsitute the Meat and or Broth as You would With Your Favorite ... WAH LA :)"
"I really liked this recipe but I added more beans and I used kidney beans because I was out of black beans"
"This is a delicious chili! I wasn't sure what my kids would think of the pumpkin, but they loved it! I used mild Rotel for the diced tomatoes, 1 lb ground turkey for the diced turkey (I browned it before adding it to the slow cooker) and low sodium chicken broth instead of regular chicken broth. I've made this chili many times and look forward to making it again now that the fall weather is almost here."
"One of the very best chili's I've ever had. Very little heat but thoroughly enjoyed by childrenteancum"
"YUM!! I served this for the first time on Halloween night, after we got back from Trick or Treating. It warmed us up in no time! It will now be a Halloween night tradition. I've shared this recipe with everyone I know."
"I love this recipe and have made it several times already. It isn't very spicy...but I prefer it that way so that my guests can spice it to their liking"
"I made this for a get together and people declared it the best chili they had ever eaten. I thought it was good, but slightly bland and needs a little "something" else."
"Everyone in my family that tried it thought it was great. For my taste, I thought it was a bit bland and added hot sauce to it for myself."
"This is my new favorite chili recipe!"