Turkey Pumpkin Chili

by Kelli on October 28, 2013

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It’s been a reeaalllly long time since I’ve been sick, so I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later. Especially since L just got over a bad cold.  So I’m hunkered down with an awful sore throat, body aches, congestion, fever and chills that I haven’t been able to shake since Sunday afternoon.  The only foods that sound remotely good to me right now are green juice, ice pops, tea and soup.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili is a hearty, healthy mix of lean ground turkey, diced tomatoes & pumpkin, a warm blend of spices and black beans. | TheCornerKitchenBlog.com #chili #pumpkin #healthy

Actually, scratch that….there’s a fresh batch of Turkey Pumpkin Chili in the fridge right now, and it sounds pretty darn good!  It’s a hearty, comforting mix of lean ground turkey, diced tomatoes & pumpkin, a warm blend of spices, and of course, black beans and kidney beans.

While I’d love to devour a warm bowl of chili (topped with some shredded cheddar and sour cream), my throat is way to sore and swollen for anything solid.  How about you whip up a big batch of chili, and I’ll life vicariously through you?!

Don't let fall slip by without a big batch of Turkey Pumpkin Chili! Don't forget the cornbread! | TheCornerKitchenBlog.com

So, you might think that the ingredient list looks kinda long.  Chili has a sneaky way of doing that.  Don’t freak out and go running for the hills just yet….sit tight, let’s do this together.

Chili seems like a simple enough, straightforward meal – throw everything in a pot, heat it up and eat (spoiler alert….that’s the short version of the recipe) – but then you take a look at the ingredient list.  And, this list looks like it’s a mile long.

So, you start thinking, long list = complicated recipe.  Scratch that though, a-sap!!!  Long-ish ingredient list, yes.  Complicated, not at all!  Worth carrying all those cans home from the grocery store, heck yes! 

Turkey Pumpkin Chili is a hearty, healthy mix of lean ground turkey, diced tomatoes & pumpkin, a warm blend of spices and black beans. | TheCornerKitchenBlog.com #chili #pumpkin #healthy

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Yield: Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded & diced
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded & diced (optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes with jalapenos
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • Optional toppings
  • sour cream
  • Greek yogurt
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • sliced scallions
  • cornbread

Instructions

Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the onion, red pepper, jalapenos (is using) and garlic. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a pinch of fresh ground pepper, and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the turkey, and cook until browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, oregano, cinnamon and cayenne pepper, and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add in the diced tomatoes, pumpkin, chicken stock and beans, and stir to combine. Bring the chili to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

Ladle into bowls and serve immediately with your favorite toppings.

Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to a few months.

Notes

Adapted from WholeFoods

http://thecornerkitchenblog.com/turkey-pumpkin-chili/

Turkey Pumpkin Chili is a hearty, healthy mix of lean ground turkey, diced tomatoes & pumpkin, a warm blend of spices and black beans. | TheCornerKitchenBlog.com #chili #pumpkin #healthy

Enjoy!

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Julia October 28, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Oh noooo feel better soon! I can only imagine this delicious chili will help your body heal and send you on your way to feeling better! It looks absolutely delicious – the perfect remedy to every ailment!

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Kelli October 29, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Thanks, Julia! Slowly, but surely starting to feel better :)

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Liz @ The Lemon Bowl October 28, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Love these flavors!! Hope you feel better soon!!

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Kelli October 29, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Thanks, Liz!

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Amy @ Elephant Eats October 28, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Uh oh, sounds like you got the flu! I’ve heard it’s already going around nyc- my friend got knocked out last week. I hope you feel better soon, Kelli! At least you’ve got this yummy chili for nourishment :)

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Kelli October 29, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Thanks, Amy! As luck would have it, I made this batch of chili right before getting sick.

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Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough October 28, 2013 at 2:58 PM

This chili sounds and looks delish! So sorry to hear you’re under the weather, though — feel better soon!

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Kelli October 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Thanks, friend!!

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Olena@iFOODreal October 29, 2013 at 1:15 PM

So classy and perfect timing.:) Get better. xxx

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Kelli October 30, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Thanks, Olena!

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