Pumpkin Chili

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Loaded with vegetables, this Pumpkin Chili is healthy and delicious. A perfect fall soup recipe that the whole family will love!

There are certain soups that taste especially delicious in the fall—like Butternut Squash Soup, or White Chicken Chili. This Pumpkin Chili, filled with seasonal fall flavors, is another one of those soups!

bowl of pumpkin chili topped with sour cream and cheese

Fall Chili with a Twist

One of my favorite things about cooler weather is making and serving soup. It’s so easy to whip up, is made all in one pot, and heats everyone up. Who can resist a hot bowl of soup after a long cold day?

Pumpkin and fall go together perfectly, and I’ve enjoyed trying new savory ways to serve pumpkin. This pumpkin chili was a hit with everyone in my family. It’s nice and thick, thanks to all the veggies and two kinds of meat.

Pumpkin puree gives it a rich and hearty flavor, and balances out the acidity in the tomatoes. And of course it’s loaded with vitamins and is high in antioxidants, so it also makes the chili extra nutritious.

ground beef, onions, and green peppers browning in a soup pot

An Easy One Pot Soup

Making this chili is very simple, and the prep work can even be done earlier in the day, or the night before.

MEAT AND VEGGIES. After chopping your vegetables, you brown up some ground beef and pork sausage in a soup pot. When the meat is no longer pink, add the onion and green pepper and sauté for a couple of minutes.

DUMP, BOIL, SIMMER. All you have to do after that is dump in the remaining ingredients and bring the chili to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes till the vegetables are tender and the chili is thickened. If you need to add more liquid, you can stir in some additional beef broth.

It’s just that simple!

ladle full of pumpkin chili

Tips and Toppings:

Serve the chili with your favorite toppings. Here are some of our favorites:

  • sour cream
  • shredded cheese
  • , and sliced green onions. I think tortilla chips would also be tasty.

Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days. If you need to store it longer than that, you can freeze it. I like to freeze soup in freezer ziplock bags. Just make sure it’s completely cool before you spoon it into the bags.

Recipe for hearty pumpkin chili with garnishes

If all you’ve ever tried is sweet pumpkin recipes, I hope you’ll give this pumpkin chili a try. It may just become a fall staple at your house!

Try these other tasty soups:

Pumpkin Chili Recipe

5 from 9 votes

Loaded with vegetables, this Pumpkin Chili is healthy and delicious. A perfect fall soup recipe that the whole family will love!

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 181 kcal
Author Kara Cook

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork sausage
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 2 stalks celery sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1 15 oz can black beans
  • 1 15 oz can kidney beans

Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef and sausage over medium high heat in a large soup pot. Drain off any grease.

  2. Add chopped onions and green peppers and saute for 2-3 minutes.

  3. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes, or till vegetables are tender.

  4. Serve hot with garnishes such as sour cream, shredded cheese, green onions, and tortilla chips.

Recipe Notes

If chili gets too thick, you can add additional beef broth or water.

Author

Kara Cook

Hi! I’m Kara from Creations by Kara, and I’m addicted to creating pretty and yummy things. I love sharing home decor ideas, DIY projects, tasty recipes, and simple tips! I hope that I am inspiring women everywhere to use their creativity to build a better life.

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  1. 5 stars
    I am making chili this weekend & trying this recipe! What a great idea to add pumpkin! I would have never thought about adding it, but I bet it adds yummy flavor!

  2. 5 stars
    We have soups going non stop when the weather gets cooLer. I’m always looking for a new one to put in our rotation and this did not Disappoint! So good!

  3. 5 stars
    I have to admit at first I was a little apprehensive because of the pumpkin but OMG am I so glad I made this. The flavor of this chili is incredible and the pumpkin is so good in it!

  4. 5 stars
    I make all types of chili in the fall and winter…so definitely adding this one to my list! Love the addition of the pumpkin!

  5. 5 stars
    I normally associate puMpkin with sweet baked good like cookies and pie, but adding it to this savory chili was Quite good.