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Pumpkin Chili – Delicious chili flavored with fall spices and my favorite veggie — pumpkin!

During the fall, we make a lot of chili recipes. The number one favorite around here is my White Chicken Chili. Then, there is my Simple Classic chili recipe. For healthy eaters, I have a Turkey and quinoa chili recipe.

And now today, I get to add MY favorite to the mix — delicious Pumpkin Chili.

This recipe can be made on the stovetop or in a slow cooker. Either way works great and will create a fall soup that everyone in the family will rave over.

How to Make Pumpkin Chili

Start by adding your ground beef, onions, and peppers to a dutch oven. Cook and crumble until cooked, and the veggies are tender. Make sure to drain the remaining grease.

Now, add in the beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, pumpkin puree, beef broth, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, oregano, garlic powder, and bay leaves.

Simmer for an hour on the stovetop.

If you are going to cook this in a slow cooker, simply add everything to the base of your 6 or 8-quart slow cooker (once you get the ground beef and veggies done) and let it cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 3.

Make sure to remove the bay leaves before serving.

Top with your favorite chili toppings! Mine happens to be sour cream and cheese and a sprinkling of parsley or cilantro.

Can you freeze pumpkin chili?

You can easily freeze this chili. I like to use these containers I found on Amazon to freeze my soups in. When you are ready, place the chili in the fridge to thaw out. I have done it from frozen, but it is best to make sure the chili is fully defrosted before re-heating.

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Yield: 8 servings

Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Chili is the perfect comforting fall soup. It is hearty and packed with spices and a beautiful pumpkin flavor.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounce) kidney beans
  • 1 can 15 ounce pinto beans
  • 1 can 15 ounce black beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Shredded cheese and sour cream for serving


    1. To a dutch oven, add the ground beef, peppers, and onions. Cook until the ground beef has been cooked and the veggies are tender. Drain the grease off.
    2. Add all the other ingredients to the pot. Mix together and simmer on the stove for an hour. Remove bay leaves before serving.
    3. Top with shredded cheese, sour cream, and fresh herbs of your choice.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 583Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 1109mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 15gSugar: 13gProtein: 46g

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Ashley Lecker

Sunday 31st of October 2021

I love using pumpkin in chili! Perfect for this time of year!


Wednesday 27th of October 2021

Something I would like to try. Thanks!


Monday 25th of October 2021

Your recipe sounds amazing! I love the flavors you used. Trying this later this week!


Sunday 24th of October 2021

Love the pumpkin in this chili! It is so perfect for fall and I can't wait to make this chili again this season. :)

Karen @karenskitchenstories

Sunday 24th of October 2021

It looks like darn delicious chili! I love pumpkin in savory dishes.

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