Sunday, August 26, 2012

Crockpot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili

Fall is quickly approaching (yay!), which means cooler weather, busier schedules, and more PUMPKIN in our diets.  At least that's what it means in our house.

I love pumpkin season.  I'm a bit of a pumpkin hoarder actually.  The second I see pumpkin on the shelves, I leave with half a cart load.  Consequently I've sat through a few interventions from my husband on the matter.
Most pumpkin recipes are things you're pulling out of the oven, things like cookies, muffins and pies.  This recipe doesn't require quite as much work, and also doesn't come with as much guilt either.

This is a Skinny Taste recipe that you make in the crockpot.  And before you raise your eyebrows at pumpkin in your chili, let me ease your mind.  The only thing the pumpkin does is add a velvety creaminess and richness to your chili.  You can't taste it.  If you have a picky eater at home, just don't tell them that there is pumpkin in it, they'll never know. 

I ate this when I was on my strict weight lifting diet.  It has plenty of protein and fiber and is absolutely delicious.  Be sure to enjoy a big comforting bowl when the weather cools!

Crockpot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili
From SkinnyTaste


cooking spray 
2 lb 99% lean ground turkey
1/2 tsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp chili powder, to taste
2 bay leaves
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
2 (15 oz cans) of white northern or navy beans, rinsed and drained
15 oz can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
4.5 oz canned chopped green chile
2 cups low sodium, fat free chicken broth
fat free sour cream for topping (optional)
chopped cilantro and chives for topping (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Heat a large heavy saute pan over high heat and lightly spray with oil. Add meat and cook, breaking it up until white, about 5 minutes.  Add to crock pot.

Add oil to the saute pan, then onions, garlic, sauté about 3 - 4 minutes; add cumin and sauté another minute.
 Add to crock pot. Add beans, pumpkin puree, green chilis, broth, chili powder, oregano, and bay leaves. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.


Kathleen said...

Hey Teresa! This sounds fabulous. Love that its so healthy. I can't wait to try it. Just put it on my Pin board ;)

Barbara Bakes said...

I'm not sure I'm ready for fall, but this chili might just make me look forward to it.

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Val said...

Pumpkin chili......this sounds like a heavenly fall dish.

Reeni said...

I made pumpkin chicken chili before and it was dee-lish - just like this! I am so ready for fall and warm comfort foods!

Leslie said...

I started hoarding pumpkin a few years ago when they had the pumpkin shortage!!!! This sounds fabulous!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Oops! Lost my original comment. I just wanted you to know that this sounds delicious. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Angie's Recipes said...

This looks super satisfying and tasty!

Pam said...

I can't until it cools down to start making chili... this one looks creative and delicious!

Unknown said...

Hello there! I am brand new to following you, but already you're providing such inspiration for my own food blog and giving such delicious sound recipes I can't wait to try!

Pumpkin in chili? Combining two amazing fall products in one? YES. I just hope Texas cools down enough to make it. Though by how delicious this sounds, it could still be in the hundreds and I would have to give this a chance.

It also sounds pretty healthy! I can't wait to give it a shot.

Looking forward to reading more from you!

chow and chatter said...

love the idea of pumpkin in a chili looks fab

Liz said...

I'm going to have to try this!

Blond Duck said...

Fall's actually coming quick here, and this looks perfect for hunting season kick off Saturday.

Even if it is 95.

Heather S-G said...

Yay Fall...bring it on!! I would love a big bowl of this to get me in the mood...I'm SO looking forward to pumpkins and winter squash. =)

Joanne said...

The.Boy. knows I love pumpkin but I don't think he QUITE understands the extent to which I hoard it. I see a few interventions in our future. ANd a TON of chili just like this! Delicious!

Velva said...

We have awhile here in North Florida before the cooler weather arrives (ugh).

I am a bit of a pumpkin hoarder myself. I remember a few years ago, when pumpkin was in short supply, I bought 10 cans.

This crockpot recipe is nice. I like it!


Cathy said...

Sounds delicious, Teresa. I love all those wonderful flavors of fall.

Kim said...

I've heard so many wonderful things about pumpkin chili. Definitely going to have to try this.

Debbie said...

I will have to try this. I love pumpkin and this sounds healthy and delicious too. I am soooo ready for fall!

Anonymous said...

Glad I am not the only pumpkin hoarder! Do you have ALDI grocery stores near you? I always found it there even when the bigger stores ran out - and its only .79 cents a can.

Definitely making this for me and my SIL next week!

Chris said...

Like someone else said, it isn't chili weather here yet, but I'll keep the pumpkin trick in mind when it gets here sooner than later!

Taste and Tell said...

I made dinner in the crock pot tonight and decided that I may be using the crock pot every day now until this baby comes. It is just sooo easy!! This sounds great!!

Stefanie Cross said...

Oh my! This looks tooooo good! I have been so glad you are posting again I have missed you! Hope all is well now! xoxo Stefanie

Unknown said...

Wow! I really like the idea of adding pumpkin to chili. I am definitely want to give this a try this fall!