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Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Amazing turkey pumpkin chili. This stew is packed with fall flavors - pumpkin puree and aromatic spices, and it's lightened up by using ground turkey instead of beef. We really love this chili and hope you'll love it too!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 369kcal
Author Aleksandra


  • 2 tablespoons frying oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1.5 tablespoons cumin
  • 1.5 tablespoons oregano
  • 1.5 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice or 1 ts cinnamon + pinch of cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or more, to taste
  • 1.5 lbs 675g ground turkey, leg meat preferred
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree or 1 (15 oz) can
  • 2 (14 oz/400ml) cans diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth 240 ml
  • 2 (15 oz/400ml) cans black beans or red kidney beans


  • Dice 1 large onion, chop 6 cloves garlic very finely, cut 1 yellow bell pepper into 1/3-inch (7mm) cubes.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons frying oil in a big pot over medium heat. When hot add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes until soft and translucent.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add 1.5 lbs (675g) ground turkey and the spices (1.5 Tbsp cumin, 1.5 Tbsp oregano, 1.5 ts pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 ts cocoa, and 1/4 ts cayenne pepper). Cook, stirring from time to time until the meat is cooked through.
  • Add the chopped bell pepper, 2 cups (or 1 can) pumpkin puree, 2 (14 oz/400ml) cans diced tomatoes, 1 cup chicken broth, and 2 (15oz/400ml) cans beans. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil then simmer over low heat for about 45 minutes or until the stew is thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Enjoy!


  • Pumpkin puree - make your own or use a store-bought puree.
  • Ground turkey - turkey leg meat is preferred.
  • You can sub for ground beef if you don't have turkey on hand.
  • What to serve it with: yogurt or sour cream, avocado, shredded cheddar, cilantro, tortilla chips, jalapenos, cornbread.
  • This turkey pumpkin chili will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. It reheats very well and tastes amazing also the next day. You can also freeze it for up to 6 months.
  • Calories = 1 serving (1/6 of the recipe). This is only an estimate!


Calories: 369kcal