JL Bites: Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Besides adding a sweet nutty flavor to dishes, pumpkin is a ready source of vitamin A, which boots the nutrition content of this offbeat chili. Garnish each portion with a dollop of sour cream and chopped cilantro.

This festive holiday dish will be a sure hit at your next gathering or  it could make a divine dinner for you and your beaux seeing that it serves up to six persons.


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground white or dark meat turkey
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, with their liquid
  • 1 can pumpkin purée
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained



Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, jalapeños and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add turkey and cook until browned. Add tomatoes, pumpkin, water, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and add beans. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes more. Ladle chili into bowls and serve.





  1. I’ll definitively be trying this out a little closer to the 31st! Looks delish!

  2. This recipe is delicious! Since I’m vegan, I substituted seitan for the turkey meat and added one zucchini, one squash, and a can of garbanzo beans. Will definitely make this again!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I tried this without the turkey and added chickpeas and corn. It was great.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This is easy to make and is delicious. It freezes well and tastes even better after reheating.

  5. This is a very delicious chili and I think adding a teaspoon of cinnamon gives it a nice little something extra.

    • Kristen, I’m a runner too! This would be great to get figwolonls on and maybe even have people sink up on runs! As a blogger any critiques/ advise as what you would find helpful as a fellow athlete, please don’t hesitate!

    • कनू जी कोई भी कम्पनी केवल कनेक्सन बेचने तक ही मेहनत करती है । बाद मे तो राम जी पर ही काम चलता है । कोई भी कम्पनी सभी जगह एक समान स्पीड नही दे सकती है जहा यूजर ज्यादा होंगे वहा स्पीड कभी नही आ सकती जहा यूजर कम होंगे वहा स्पीड ज्यादा आवेगी । 3g को छोड कर कोई भी मोबाईल बढ़िया स्पीड नही दे सकता है । जब हम मोबाइल मे नेट यूज करते है तो स्पीड सही आती है लेकिन क्म्प्युटर से जोडने पर बहुत कम आयेगी । मेरे यहा (राजस्थान मे)तो एयर सेल का कोई नाम ही नही जानता है ।

  6. Anonymous says:

    I use chopped, roasted turkey instead of ground. It’s a great way to use the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving.

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