Mexican Pumpkin Chili

Now I know what you might be thinking.. usually “Mexican” and “Pumpkin” don’t usually go together, but in this recipe they are best friends.  They are holding hands, whispering secrets (not about you), planning adventures – they are great pals. In this recipe we have the usual Chili ingredients, but then we’re throwing in pumpkin because whenever you can you should throw pumpkin into any dish.   Here’s the great thing about pumpkin, it’s full of great nutrients but hardly changes the taste of meals.  It’s an amazing way to make your dinner or brownies more healthy and better for you.  Who doesn’t want that?

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Health facts on pumpkin:
It’s full of fiber. Half a cup has 3.5 grams of fiber. 
It’s loaded with Vitamin A, alpha and beta-carotenes and is a good source of vitamins C, K, and E.
1 cup of  pumpkin puree supplies 3.4 grams of iron which will support a strong immune system and keep you from getting sick. 
Pumpkin’s orange color is a clue to its high antioxidant content. Some doctors say that the compounds in pumpkin can help prevent lung cancer, heart disease as well as Type 2 diabetes and arthritis.
It will help support healthy digestion.
One cup of pumpkin puree contains just 83 calories.  Compare that to the oils you might use instead!

Pumpkin is amazing – isn’t it? 
And don’t forget pumpkin puree is so easy to make!

So what makes this Chili Mexican? Well we’re going to spice it up with green chiles, salsa verde, cumin and we’re going to throw corn into this!  If you want you can even throw avocado on top when it’s done!

Other bonuses: Chili freezes amazing, so feel free to make this in advance and keep for that chilly night when your’e feeling lazy and just want to curl under the blankets with your softest socks on!   

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Mexican Pumpkin Chili
  1. 2 green peppers - chopped
  2. 1 can black beans - rinsed and drained
  3. 1 can kidney beans - rinsed and drained
  4. 3 garlic cloves - minced
  5. 15 ounces pumpkin puree
  6. 14 ounces diced tomatoes
  7. 1 cup tomato sauce
  8. 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
  9. 1 pound ground turkey
  10. 1 cup frozen corn
  11. 4 oz can of diced green chiles
  12. 1/2 cup salsa verde
  13. 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  14. 2 teaspoons chili powder
  15. 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  16. 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  17. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. In a skillet, add your chopped peppers, minced garlic and ground turkey. Cook until turkey is browned.
  2. Put your ground turkey mixture into a slow cooker. Add all other ingredients and stir so everything is fully mixed up.
  3. Cook on low for 5 hours.
  4. Enjoy!
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Even though I made this in August, this would be an amazing Fall and Winter meal for when you need to warm up a bit.   This is definitely going on my weekly dinner menu in a few months!

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I love beans so I had to add both black beans and kidney beans.  Also I love using ground turkey for chili as a healthy alternative to ground beef. 

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Once you take the first bite, you’ll be one happy pumpkin loving friend!

Note:  Totally random but my floral background I used in these shots is a vintage clown costume.  Our loft is full of clown costume at the moment (more about later) so when I saw this on the rack I knew it was perfect for Fall Pumpkin Chili!  Thank you to the kind clown that once wore this and caused many smiles. 

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  1. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    Most pumpkin chili I have seen uses pumpkin pie spice. I’m intrigued by the use of pumpkin puree. Sounds amazing and perfect for fall! Pinning! :)

    • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

      Ha! I hit send to quickly. :) I love those cute bowls you are using for this dish. Totally adorable!

      • Pamela

        Thanks Anne! I hope you give it a try for Fall! And thanks for the bowl love.. they were amazing dollar store finds!

  2. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    Oh I totally think Mexican and pumpkin go together. Why not?! Looks delicious!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Ashley!

  3. Sarah | The Sugar Hit

    Gorgeous photos! And this sounds lovely.

    • Pamela

      Thanks Sarah!


    I’ve never thought about Mexican food and pumpkin together. When it comes to pumpkin, it is always pumpkin pie or Thanksgiving for me! Thanks for sharing the healthy facts on pumpkin – nice that it helps support healthy digestion!

    • Pamela

      I love me some pumpkin pie and pumpkin treats, but it does wonders in dinner dishes too! Pumpkins, aren’t they just the best?

  5. Madison

    YAY–pumpkin! This combines two of my favorite things: pumpkin and mexican. Perfecto! Thank you for sharing.

    • Pamela

      Enjoy Madison!

  6. Ashley

    I’ve started to crave soups lately and this chili sounds delicious. I love the idea of the pumpkin in here! And I love all the beans – I like a lot in my chili too!

    • Pamela

      I can’t wait for nonstop soup weather Ashley! :)

  7. Davida @ The Healthy Maven

    I actually think Mexican and pumpkin go great together! I made pumpkin chili once but it didn’t turn out quite the way I wanted it to. Think I will give it another chance with your recipe though!

    • Pamela

      Let me know how you like it Davida! :)

  8. Francine

    Perfect. The dude loves ground turkey. Totally making this one when it gets colder. Thank you!

    • Pamela

      Enjoy Francine and dude! :)

  9. Jaclyn

    Chili sounds amaazzing right now. The weather has finally cooled off the past couple of days and I’m craving fall comfort food!

    • Pamela

      Me too Jaclyn! I love Fall food, some of the best!

  10. Amy @ Elephant Eats

    This chili looks so yummy! I love when it’s chock full of veggies and is super chunky. Great idea to add some pumpkin puree. I’m going to make this soon for sure- I need to freeze some healthy meals for my hubs for when I’m gone for a full week soon.

    • Pamela

      You are the bestest wife Amy! :)

  11. Sophia @ NY Foodgasm

    This sounds AWESOME! I made a pumpkin chili myself last year, it lends itself well to sooo many savory dishes!

    • Pamela

      Isn’t it just super yummy Sophia? Definitely one of my favorite ways to make chili!

  12. Pam

    What a great looking chili – love the pumpkin added in there. It looks hearty and so delicious.

    • Pamela

      Thanks Pam!

  13. laurasmess

    Yum yum yum yum (that’s my stomach singing to the tune of Mexican pumpkin goodness!). This recipe looks awesome. I am a huge fan of chilli, with a big helping of sour cream, coriander and cheese (oh, and corn chips. I love corn chips). It’s moving towards Spring/Summer here in Perth, Australia and I am bookmarking this for balmy Summer nights, chili with some tunes and a bottle of Corona on the side. Good times. Thanks lovely xx

    • Pamela

      That sounds like such a lovely night, I wish I could stop by and sing yum yum yum yum with you! Enjoy!

  14. The Squishy Monster

    I love, love, love that there’s pumpkin in this…really jazzes it up and makes it interesting!

    • Pamela

      Thank you! It’s a chili winner!

  15. Aimee / Wallflower Girl

    Well, thats the prettiest clown costume I’ve seen! And I love the idea of mixing pumpkin with mexican flavours, sounds very interesting. I’m really craving autumn food lately so this is something I’d love to try :-)

    • Pamela

      Thank Aimee! Clowns just have the best style! I can’t wait for Fall! :)

  16. Sophie33

    What a grand looking chili! I love it too! :) Yummm! Great & fun pics too! x

    • Pamela

      Thanks Sophie!

  17. abby

    omg i definitely want to try this out. i was just thinking what my first pumpkin recipe should be for this season. i love chilli and pumpkin and the mix sounds delicious.

    i definitely will have this on my calendar as the first pumpkin recipe ! i will definitely blog about it when I do

    • Pamela

      You’re the best Abby! Let me know how it turns out…. hope it’s a delicious chili dinner for you! :)

  18. Talk about fall comfort food in a bowl! I have wanted to use pumpkin in a soup, but wanted it to be one my family would eat. This definitely looks like the one! Pinning for future use!

    • Pamela

      Great to hear Mary Frances, hope you and your whole family enjoys it!

  19. Katie

    I’ve made a very similar recipe int eh past and served it in a PUMPKIN BOWL. It was great. and fun. And great fun!

    • Pamela

      How cute Katie!

  20. Juliana

    Pumpkin chili? Sounds and looks delicious Pam…and the bowls are so cute…I love it!
    Hope you are having a great week :D

    • Pamela

      Thanks Juliana! I found these bowls at my local dollar store.. they were a great find! I’m always tempted to pick up a few more!

  21. Jamie@Milk 'n' Cookies

    Looks yummy! I’m always looking for new ways to spice up our chili (queen of bad puns — sorry!). Love this pumpkin-filled version.

    Also, I love your creative re-purposing of the clown costumes. I think that’s awesome. Hey, I used an old pillowcase in one of my shots (don’t worry — it was clean!)

    • Pamela

      Jamie, I love your puns, keep them coming! Also I love the idea of the pillowcase.. crafty!

  22. tracy {pale yellow}

    I’m about three weeks away from being ready to make chili, but this recipe is a keeper for sure! I often make a black bean soup with pumpkin and the pumpkin makes the soup so creamy and delicious (and healthy!).

    • Pamela

      Tracy, you have got to introduce me to your black bean pumpkin soup!

  23. Monet

    Pumpkin is SO GOOD for you, and I just love that you added it to this chili recipe. I want to try this! I’m obsessed with stews, soups, and chilis once we reach September, so I will be trying this soon!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Monet, let me know how you like it! I love soup and chili weather, some of my favorite dinners!

  24. Nora @ Buttercream Fanatic

    Pumpkin and chili together are music to my ears!

    • Pamela

      They’re singing to you Nora! :)

  25. Tessa @ Feral Kitchen

    I love the addition of the pumpkin in the chili! Brilliant!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Tessa!

  26. Nik@ABrownTable

    What a lovely chili recipe, I really like the use of actual pumpkin here versus the spices!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Nik! I love me some pumpkin!

  27. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

    YES this is awesome – I’ve been thinking I should try making a chili this year. What better way than to use it with pumpkin? Make it all Autumny… great recipe!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Kammie! I hope you give it a try.. let me know what you think! :)

  28. Julie @ Table for Two

    I’m so glad fall is approaching so I can enjoy the best comfort foods like this chili!!

    • Pamela

      Me too Julie, I can’t wait!

  29. yummychunklet

    Yummy looking pumpkin chili!

  30. Jamie | Jamie's Recipes

    Yes! My husband just told me I haven’t made chili lately and need to remedy that ASAP. Well it has been nearly 100 here so I’m not really in the chili mood. Once the temps cool off I can’t WAIT to give this a go. Yummy!!!

    Gorgeous photos as always. :)

    • Pamela

      Thanks Jamie! I hear you on the weather.. it was so humid here today, looking forward to it starting to cool down!

  31. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)

    Ok, so now I’m not only looking forward to fall but also looking forward to a snowy winter day. Because this chili will be PERFECT in the dead of winter. Or now. Either way, it looks great!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Kim! I can totally imagine this chili on a winter day, actually just thinking about it puts a smile on my face! Enjoy!

  32. Archana @ FeedingTheFoodie

    is it fall already? No, please no! I do love a good chilli – and your recipe with the pumpkin puree is very unique – think I’ll adapt it to a vegetarian version – but not so soon – I need a few more weeks of warm weather!

    • Pamela

      Enjoy those last few weeks of summer Archana!

  33. Ash-foodfashionparty

    I can see how it can work, we incorporate pumpkin in Indian food a lot, so I know this would be delicious. I am pinning this to my Pumpkin board.

    • Pamela

      A pumpkin board! I need to check this out!

  34. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Well it’s about damn time that pumpkin + Mexican became friends because holy bananas, this chili looks AWESOME. It’s not quiiiiite as cool as I’d like it here in Sac, but it’s happening soon and so is this chili in my mouth.

    • Pamela

      Enjoy Hayley! It’s still humid here but I was viewing the monthly temperatures for September and soon enough I won’t need the AC at night!

  35. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I’d imagine that the pumpkin adds a really nice sweetness to the chilli as well as goodness and texture :D

    • Pamela

      The texture of the pumpkin is just great Lorraine! It’s so versatile in recipes!

  36. Joanne

    Maybe Mexican and pumpkin dont’ TRADITIONALLY go together, but I love them together in my kitchen! This chili is a must for the fall.

    • Pamela

      Totally agree Joanne! They are now a pair!

  37. I love pumpkin recipes – sweet or savory!! This chili sounds delicious :)

    • Pamela

      Thanks Jennifer!

  38. Mr. & Mrs. P

    Beautiful chili!! How cute are those bowls!! Love them!

    • Pamela

      Thanks guys!

  39. Andi @ The Weary Chef

    I love this, Pamela! When I read the title, I thought it would be chunks of pumpkin. I wouldn’t have thought of using pumpkin puree, but you have sold me on the idea.

    • Pamela

      Thanks Andi! :)

  40. this recipe will come so handy soon. thanks Pamela. on a side note – i have those bowls as well, same color too :P

    • Pamela

      Hahaha, awesome Dixya! I saw they have blue now too, I think I have to pick that one up too!

  41. Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    What a fantastic soup! Some type of pumpkin soup or chili is on my list of things to make soon. Like maybe this weekend soon! :) Pinned!

    • Pamela

      What a yummy weekend! Enjoy Julie! I’ll be posting a pumpkin soup soon enough too!

  42. Barbara | Creative Culinary

    All I think is that it looks wonderful…love the use of unique ingredients…who needs another boring regular chili recipe anyhow?

    • Pamela

      Thanks Barbara!

  43. Amy Tong

    I love chili…but definitely haven’t try one with pumpkin yet….let along Mexican Pumpkin Chili! Sounds comforting and scrumptious.

    • Pamela

      It’s a yummy dinner Amy!

  44. Irina @ wandercrush

    THERE IS SO MUCH GOODNESS HERE. Pumpkin seems to be such a natural compliment for chilli! Not sure why I’ve never tried it before, but I will this fall :)

    • Pamela

      Enjoy Irina! I’m so excited for the soon to be Fall!

  45. Emma @ Fork and Good

    It looks so colourful!! the only savoury pumpkin I’ve ever had was in a soup, and it tasted pretty darn good. Have to try this, thanks for sharing, it looks so colourful!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Emma! I’ll be posting a pumpkin soup recipe soon enough.. stay tuned! ;)

  46. Kate

    omgjkfhsdhfdjsf this sounds perfect! Guilty of vegetarianism though so as soon as pumpkins hit England and I can make this chili feast I will be substituting in a pound of quorn (doesn’t sound half as appetizing that does it) mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    • Pamela

      Let me know how it turns out Kate, enjoy!

  47. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen

    LOVE this recipe, Pamela! In Southwest cooking, I just adore sweet potatoes with all the classic spices. Your chili recipes reminds me of all those fabulous flavors bursting through! Not hard to imagine how tasty this chili is! Cannot wait to make this fall! Thanks for sharing, girl. Pinning!! xo

    • Pamela

      Hope you enjoy it when Fall comes Stacy and I absolutely love the addition of sweet potatoes – yum!

  48. Linda

    I have a similar recipe that I love. Somehow the pumpkin makes chili really special. When its just a tad cooler, I’ll be trying yours.

    • Pamela

      Thanks Linda! I definitely love how savory the pumpkin makes the chili.

  49. debg

    well first i hate pumpkin but the recipe peaked my interest and it looked good so i made it ohhhhhhh was it delicious i did make a few sl ight changes i had to have onion and i had red salsa and fresh corn but in went everything else and what a chili thanks maybe i will have to give pumpkin another try as long as its hidden

    • Pamela

      So glad you gave this a try and ended up liking it! Thanks for reporting back and letting me know. As my husband would say “onion makes everything better!”. ;)

  50. Marlene @Nosh My Way

    I love love love everything about this recipe and I am going to have to put it on my list of recipes to try. It looks so enticing.

    • Pamela

      Hope you enjoy Marlene!

  51. Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats

    Yum! This is looking delicious. I was trying to figure out a way to add pumpkin to chili, great recipe! Pinning and definitely trying soon. :)

    • Pamela

      Enjoy Krista, hope it’s a great chili dinner!

  52. Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens

    Pamela!!! Are you in my head?? Cause here’s the thing … Love pumpkin. Love Mexican (who doesn’t!). And I love chili.
    Never in my wildest food dreams would I have put pumpkin into chili, but I’m game!!

    PS – Your pics are gorgeous! And those little crocks – SO cute!! I want those! :)

    • Pamela

      Hey Gretchen, thanks so much! I absolutely love this version of chili as it has 3 of my favorite food worlds in it. It’s especially feeling like Fall here lately so I can’t wait to make the next batch!

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