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Black Bean 'n' Pumpkin Chili Recipe

Black Bean 'n' Pumpkin Chili Recipe

My family is crazy about this slow cooker chili because it uses ingredients you don't usually find in chili. Believe it or not, I discovered that pumpkin is what makes the dish so special. Cook up a big batch and freeze some for later; it tastes even better reheated. —Deborah Vliet, Holland, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD:10 servings


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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.

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rush2ohio User ID: 1864805 263416
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2017

"Family loves this. I use tomatoes with green chilies to give it some kick."

greatwithoutgluten User ID: 6330173 258954
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2016

"This was good. I used steak instead of turkey and added chipotle powder. It was a nice change from our usual chili recipe."

5pudii User ID: 4697636 257409
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2016

"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!"

[email protected] User ID: 2731069 256733
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2016

"wow! wow! Wow! "Winner winner turkey dinner"!"

DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina User ID: 4938423 256474
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2016

"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."

ms11145 User ID: 1604521 256090
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2016

"I leave out the meat to make it meatless. Excellent recipe."

[email protected] User ID: 77962 255021
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2016

"I've made this in the past and it's always good. It's nutritious and easily edible by children."

bemybliss User ID: 8174655 254833
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2016

"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 ."

CMoore78 User ID: 4688861 252191
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2016

"One of our favorites! Freezes well too!"

erinmarie78 User ID: 1623503 246438
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2016 Edited Apr. 3, 2016

"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."

saltybeefnstickyrice User ID: 6742123 244471
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2016

"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)."

eldie1959 User ID: 6803304 241676
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2016

"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."

JCV4 User ID: 628113 240117
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2015

"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!"

NoodleNel User ID: 6393598 235813
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2015

"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."

opalsemeralds User ID: 1540060 235497
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2015

"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."

happyian User ID: 3536641 235149
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2015

"Wonderful and creamy!"

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 233858
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2015

"Wonderful. I used chicken instead of turkey and fresh parsley instead of dried."

donna conner User ID: 1744300 233350
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2015

"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 !!"

Jogeng09 User ID: 7370803 222726
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2015

"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!"

Spooky123 User ID: 6521366 218500
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2015

"This is a simple and good tasting chili!"

darkkitten2003 User ID: 8089267 217799
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"Really good, tastes like a southwestern chili, will make again!"

Kasey45 User ID: 7879318 217675
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

"I made as directed, it was WONDERFUL. Very easy, as there wasn't much chopping to do. A very hearty chili & the avocado & green onion topper was perfect. Thanks for yet another very good recipe from Taste of Home."

traciesroka User ID: 8106641 92618
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2014

"Very good and healthy! I make this often and it freezes well! I have also used browned ground turkey and it is a good substitution."

dvierzen User ID: 7402990 92592
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014

"Delicious, quick and easy! I didn't make any changes to the recipe. My husband and I loved this. It was perfect for lunch on a chilly day."

TriciaAS User ID: 8075158 106921
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2014

"We loved it!"

Ceege User ID: 730520 175864
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2014

"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."

lmmanda User ID: 1101093 106917
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2014

"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!"

danfriz User ID: 8016586 164377
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"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."

hitza User ID: 6053233 103240
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

"Wonderful with leftover turkey"

mumzied User ID: 1267475 210241
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2014

"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!"

MacMari User ID: 7934967 177583
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2014

"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."

graciemom User ID: 3313495 175861
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"A very easy recipe to follow -- and one I make with very few changes -- no yellow pepper but the canned tomatoes are fire roasted and use 1 lb browned ground turkey (more 'chili like'). A definite keeper and one for those cold, rainy/snowy nights, served with fritoes on top!"

PTuttle User ID: 3628184 116692
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"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."

Summy User ID: 1386846 164374
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2013

"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."

AidansMama723 User ID: 3411555 161939
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2013

"Delicious and the pumpkin gave it a different flavor"

crossties1 User ID: 1408852 175859
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2013

"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!"

LaceyBear User ID: 7281967 164372
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

"I'm allergic to bell pepper so I substituted thinly sliced carrots for texture and it worked really well. Also, I used ground turkey to come closer to a traditional chili. It tasted great. Next time I might double the batch size and freeze some for later."

lenfinger User ID: 1357210 108387
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

"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."

gucci65 User ID: 7131119 175963
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"Great recipe Added a few jalepenoes for heat. !"

megkblack User ID: 5577207 95806
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"Love this! And it's so easy!! A versatile recipe, ingredients are easily swapped out."

hchambers User ID: 7140928 210240
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

"This was a very flavorful chili. I used ground turkey and a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies. It could easily be adapted to ground beef as well if that is your preference. I would definitely make this chili again."

mslagirl User ID: 4567499 174655
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2013

"LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! We always have a big gathering in the fall with friends and family, this is always the favorite."

mama4boys User ID: 1113673 95804
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2013


Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 210239
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

"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."

footrenewspecialist User ID: 5461048 142475
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2013

"This chili is awesome!! My family requested that make it again but with more beans and corn."

PLHughes User ID: 4496576 92549
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2013

"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"

[email protected] User ID: 3282478 95802
Reviewed May. 22, 2013

"I love a good traditional beef, kidney bean and tomato sauce chili but I think this is one of the best chili recipes I have ever had. The flavor is fantastic though a little mild but it is easy to spice up a little more if desired. I made it with shredded left-over turkey from Thanksgiving."

Teachin_cookin User ID: 5521569 92547
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2013

"Use Rotel tomatoes instead of reg to add more spice."

kdwarren User ID: 3452511 175961
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"made this with leftover Christmas turkey. You can't taste the pumpkin just a yummy chili. Hits the spot on cold winter days."

PrincessM7 User ID: 6044679 210238
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2012

"Loved this chili. It's delicious, but does not taste like pumpkin at all. I used ground turkey instead of cubed and it was delicious!"

enriqua21 User ID: 5786634 142474
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2012

"This was super easy and inexpensive and my fiance loved it!

I took a few suggestions from other reviews:
turkey kielbasa instead of chicken
1 can rotel instead of diced tomatoes
3T chili powder
2 cups chicken broth (still a little too soupy for my taste, would likely do 1.5 next time)
dash of cayenne pepper
dash of red pepper flakes
1/2tsp cinnamon"

jhallam User ID: 1457989 108384
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2012

"I make this with ground beef instead of turkey and it is hearty and comforting."

cutestute User ID: 6941156 106915
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2012

"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."

kmatocha User ID: 4283695 116680
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

"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."

Twokayakers User ID: 6428292 92541
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2012

"This is more than excellent and I wish I could give it more stars."

teach*music User ID: 5960429 210237
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2012

"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!"

crossties1 User ID: 1408852 95800
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"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 h

crazy expensive when we want to eat it, i freeze chopped fresh peppers in the summer."

wolfegrl1 User ID: 1208286 164370
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"What a wonderful surprise! Very easy to make and tastes fabulous. A nice addition to my gluten-free menu."

Jennasaurus17 User ID: 5338867 180472
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"Wow! This recipe makes the best, just all-around classic-tasting chili! If you're craving a good, simple-tasting chili, this is it. The pumpkin gives the chili a nice thickness but doesn't impart any flavor. Its just good!"

crnapier User ID: 3266913 164368
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"I make this dish regularly in the cold weather months. Love it!"

[email protected] User ID: 1084432 159221
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"Love this recipe. i've made it several times and it always turns out delicious.only thing i changed was double the spices,added a Tblsp. of hot sauce and i also used ckn because thats what i had in the fridge.quick and easy recipe."

LBurkey User ID: 3719865 180456
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"Good fall soup:)"

angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 175858
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"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!"

chugaluga User ID: 3465776 164366
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"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"

kittymom6 User ID: 6293224 180448
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"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"

r&ao User ID: 5092635 106913
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"Unique and very tasty."

breeze39 User ID: 6297911 103238
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"i made it for about 20 souls they all loved it"

evamcp User ID: 4349637 174654
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"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!!!"

liliane310 User ID: 6279497 103237
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"Very easy and healthy. I agree with previous reviews that it needed extra spices. I added a lot more chili powder and some cayenne pepper. Then it was delish!"

DeeDeelovesCooking User ID: 6276703 142464
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"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."

Woelfe User ID: 6270281 108383
Reviewed Oct. 14, 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!"

jcrawmer User ID: 1095211 210236
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"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!"

kalloween User ID: 6199384 103236
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

"This was so good!! The pumpkin was perfect as a thickening agent. I'm putting this on my Halloween dinner party menu!!"

fuzzknuckles User ID: 5804703 180446
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2011

"My kids and I love this ."

daniellepagoria User ID: 6187003 174653
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"Came out really soupy. Next time would add chicken broth by only a fraction."

coffeeaddict24 User ID: 1542296 108380
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"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."

ahmom User ID: 3426126 210235
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2011

"It just tasted funny to me."

LarrynB User ID: 5553343 180444
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2011

"The pumpkin adds a creamy, delicious texture. I made this one vegan by omitting the meat and using veggie broth :)"

crunchpetie User ID: 4200736 175960
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"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...."

denisermoore User ID: 3871226 92539
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2011

"Delicious and easy! I used ground turkey and half the black beans and served it over spaghetti noodles. Yum!"

MyKidsMake User ID: 1933295 174652
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2011

"this was great! substituted out the tomatoes and replaced with more pepper. Also added more pumpkin. It was great! everyone loved it"

LnmarieC User ID: 2538265 92499
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

"Works out well if cooked on stove top as well. I have made this with ground turkey when I didn't have any leftover turkey to use because the family loves it! It turns out tasty either way"

Sweetbakerlady User ID: 5670127 175957
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2010

"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!"

gladisjr User ID: 1488284 175946
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2010

"Loved this recipe we actually used chopped Chorizo instead of turkey. Yum Yum, even my little kids liked it!!"

jog4me User ID: 4074477 142463
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2010

"Neither my husband or I are pumpkin fans but this was excellent. Will make again for company."

rnissley User ID: 3184985 210234
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2010

"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!"

PTuttle User ID: 3628184 174650
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2010

"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."

[email protected] User ID: 1012373 174645
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"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!"

DeniseLMR User ID: 2945759 164364
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"I made this on the stove and my friends and family loved it! I made it 3 times in one week!!! Loved it!!"

snackcake User ID: 4580851 142462
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2010

"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!"

wyzgirl514 User ID: 1806395 142461
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"My husband and I loved this chili recipe! It was hearty and healthy too. I used ground turkey in place of the cooked turkey and it was great! Definitely a keeper! :)"

smarianne User ID: 2427600 116667
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010

"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."

Yvette247 User ID: 3048742 95795
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010

"Doubled the recipe and added a rotisserie chicken to it and it was wonderful!"

torpey User ID: 1763810 175856
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010

"I feel bad writing this because everyone else liked it so much, but for my family it had no kick at all. chili is suppose to have some kick right? If you like your chili runny and bland, then I guess this would be good."

tana1 User ID: 5291659 142460
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"loved it, pumpkin gave me less of a problem with stomach acid afterward that I typically have with chili. No tums for me"

jeneeduckworth User ID: 965119 210233
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"forgot to mention that i use chicken instead of turkey"

jeneeduckworth User ID: 965119 92476
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"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!"

bauden4 User ID: 3749931 103235
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"Made this recipe this past weekend and absolutely loved it!! Family was a little unsure about the pumpkin in it until they tried boys couldn't get enough!!"

rhender User ID: 5527016 159210
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"I add 1 lb of ground cooked turkey so I can make it more often. My family, one who is very picky, love this soup. It is very filling and I serve with corn muffins - it's always a hit."

martinaf71 User ID: 1133159 175944
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"so yummy will make many more times before the weather warms"

momawkedith User ID: 5472381 108379
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"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."

Bcooks User ID: 5204614 175852
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"I used ground turkey, added a 4 oz can of green chilies, and another teaspoon of chili powder. Took it to a chili cookoff and it came in 2nd place. Many compliments on it."

poorgran User ID: 1458980 174641
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"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!"

hunterhouse User ID: 3792104 180443
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

"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!"

sheryllayne48 User ID: 4085914 106906
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

"I took it to a potluck untested. Everyone loved it, its a keeper!"

sheryllayne48 User ID: 4085914 108377
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

"I took it to a potluck untested. Everyone loved it, its a keeper!"

lschom User ID: 4478418 164363
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2010

"Excellent - I doubled the recipe as I had 29oz can of pumpkin, there was enough room in the large crockpot."

[email protected] User ID: 2339712 142459
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"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."

keverwann User ID: 1807985 116666
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

"Not impressed at all, but much better than the last bean soup I made."

LissaH. User ID: 5193585 175943
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

"This is a great seasonal twist to keep the family's taste buds happy."

Paula K. User ID: 4257018 108375
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

"Excellent chili! I was skeptical because the recipe did not call for my usual chili ingredients; however, it was super! I substituted white chicken cubes (Schwan's product) for the turkey. Definitely a keeper and will make again!"

dkbaes User ID: 5518408 103230
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2010

"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."

jlhnell User ID: 5033020 92458
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2010

"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."

daisey5 User ID: 146806 180442
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"I used a roasted chicken. It was very good."

ROY P User ID: 1761042 103226
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2010

"this chili is wonderful & low cal."

Pamela.H User ID: 5335024 103224
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"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!"

JackieRunckel User ID: 2640877 95748
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2010

"I made this recipe for the "Misplaced Mission" chili Cook-Off at our church today. I not only won first place in the non-traditional chili category but also won the Grand Champion trophy. Everyone loved it. This was the first prize I ever won. It was very exciting and pleased all who tried it."

sailingboat31 User ID: 4686552 108372
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"I made this multiple times last Winter! It is yummy as well as very nutritional. I love it!"

lizberrry User ID: 3432938 174636
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"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!"

Cerri User ID: 5177104 92392
Reviewed May. 23, 2010

"I took it for a work potluck and didn't tell anyone it had pumpkin in it until they tried it. I went home with an empty crockpot! I love that it's so healthy!"

lrogoz User ID: 4501544 180439
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2010

"Have made this twice now, and it is yummy! I used a pound of ground turkey breast, browned instead of cubed turkey. My kids even liked it. You don't taste the pumpkin, and it makes it more nutritious!"

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 103223
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2010

"Tremendous! I wish there was a choice for 6 stars! Unusual ingredients make up one delicious chili. So good- just try it."

Sweet01 User ID: 1327588 92388
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2009

"I used freshly cooked (mashed) butternut squash in mine and put quite a bit extra in. Delicious! (You don't taste the pumpkin.)"

DianeMH User ID: 2714881 108370
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

"Excellent healthy chili - thanks! Just printed it out to give to my daughter."

nramsey User ID: 3436141 108369
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"This chili is fantastic! My six year old gobbles it up."

cookieface User ID: 1279273 116665
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2009

"AMAZING!! I added an extra teaspoon of chili powder, and decreased chicken broth by 1 cup. My husband daughter and just loved it."

zolagrif User ID: 2669669 175849
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2009

"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!"

JJKJ2003 User ID: 2198506 159209
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009


[email protected] User ID: 1774994 175848
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"I used a can of diced tomatoes w/ green chilies instead of plain diced tomatoes to add more flavor. Everyone loved it!"

lp1627 User ID: 2056418 210232
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2009

"Everyone in my house thought this was extremely tasty & had seconds, I added red chili flakes for some heat & used beef broth because I was out of chicken, the pumpkin makes its thick & rich, deelish!"

Willow_s User ID: 3598454 108367
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2009

"For a Meat Free ... Spice to taste .. Omit the Meat .. Subsitute the Meat and or Broth as You would With Your Favorite ... WAH LA :)"

shanna1060 User ID: 4388816 174628
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2009

"I really liked this recipe but I added more beans and I used kidney beans because I was out of black beans"

squibber User ID: 1571199 142458
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2009

"Delicious! I substitute 2 extra cans rinsed drained black beans for the turkey, as we generally prefer the beans to the turkey. Crush up some tortilla chips on top and add a sprinkle of cheddar...YUM!"

marg_n_den User ID: 1297570 174626
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2009

"Black Beans "N" Pumpkin chili

I made this for my husbnd and son. I added more chili powder, a little onion salt and pepper. When I served it I put sredded cheddar cheese on top and ate it with ritz crackers for a spooon! I rate it delicious and there was no detection of pumpkin. Very nutricious."

bingoqueen63 User ID: 750220 174623
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2009

"I made this for supper today.  I had left over chicken from supper last night and thought I'd try this.   I added a little more chili powder and fresh tomatoes from the garden.  My dh and I thought it was very good.  You would never know there was pumpkin in it."

jessi11781 User ID: 3742342 159203
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2009

"My husband and I love this chili! I really enjoy the sweeter flavor. We use ground turkey and sometimes add a half a can more of black beans"

momtomatt User ID: 1197551 175874
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2009

"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."

georgeuhlig User ID: 2042260 95744
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2009

"One of the very best chili's I've ever had. Very little heat but thoroughly enjoyed by children


lauracressy User ID: 1012405 116663
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2008

"This is my new faveorite chili"

lauracressy User ID: 1012405 164361
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2008

"This is my new faveorite chili"

Sandy Dobbs User ID: 3057474 164359
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2008

"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."

kschuhart User ID: 975256 108365
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2008

"I love this and have been eating it all week. I am taking it to a chili cook off tomorrow night. The only thing I would change is to decrease the chicken broth 1/2 to 1 cup. The consistency with 3 cups made the chili more soupy, I prefer my chili thicker."

jadedraven User ID: 2665649 174620
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2008

"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"

Meesh233 User ID: 272245 159202
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2008

"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."

mkaylor User ID: 194202 142457
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2008

"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."

foodiereporter User ID: 2062399 95743
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2008

"This is my new favorite chili recipe!"

LNercesian User ID: 3435690 175847
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2008

"This chili was phenominal! It was so easy to make and was so flavorful. The only addition I did was to add a minced jalapeno pepper! My family loved it! I will definitely make it again!!!"

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