Recipe from Bites: Pumpkin Chili

by Jessie on October 30, 2012

The pumpkin flavor is not overwhelming in this recipe but it gives it a fun fall flavor. I’ve seen a version of this win a chili competition just because it is unique! You could easily swap in ground turkey for the ground beef.


2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained
1 (46 fluid ounce) can tomato juice (I like my chili thick so I only used about half of this amount)
1 (28 ounce) can peeled and diced tomatoes with juice
1 15 oz. can canned pumpkin puree
1 T. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup chili powder
2 t. cumin
2 T. white sugar


In a large pot over medium heat, cook beef until brown; drain. Stir in onion and bell pepper and cook 5 minutes. Stir in beans, tomato juice, diced tomatoes and pumpkin puree. Season with pumpkin pie spice, chili powder and sugar. Simmer 1 hour.

Jessie is the mother of three sweet kids and the author of Bites, a recipe blog that will make your mouth water.  Make sure to follow Bites on Facebook so you don’t miss a single recipe.

Make sure to follow Melody’s All Things Pumpkin Pinterest Board for even more ideas.

If you are wondering where is the best place to get pumpkin, you can pick up organic canned pumpkin from Amazon for $1.75/can.  Costco also has a great price on Libby’s canned pumpkin this time of year.

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