Cooler days call for chili and cornbread.
Cooler FALL days call for pumpkin chili!
Am I right?
If Pumpkin Chili is just a little too far out there for you, even though you love fall flavors, let me ease your mind. You actually can’t taste the pumpkin. To be honest, you won’t even know it’s there.#CleanEating Pumpkin Chili is what's for #dinner! #fall #healthy Click To Tweet
Why add it if you can’t actually taste it?
#1 – It’s fall and pumpkin needs to be added to EVERYTHING. (It’s a rule.)
#2 – Pumpkin is SUPER healthy.
– 1 cup of cooked pumpkin contains more than 200% recommended daily intake of Vitamin A.
– Cooked pumpkin is a fiber rich food that helps keep you full.
– Pumpkin can help boost your immunity with it’s high Vitamin C content.
#3 – It thickens the chili to a lovely consistency.
#4 – It’s fall and pumpkin needs to be added to EVERYTHING. Whoopsies, it seems I have already stated that… 😉
With the addition of fall spices like allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon this meal tastes like autumn.
The subtleness of the honey takes this typically spicy dish to the next level! Don’t worry though, the chili isn’t actually sweet. Because like gross me out!
The slightly sweet and very savory marry perfectly. And if you are thinking that you should substitute pumpkin pie spice for the other warm spices in this meal let me know how it goes. I was hesitant to do it because my homemade pumpkin pie spice contains ginger, but not allspice. Maybe the addition of the ginger would be yummy, but I was skeptical. Like I said, PLEASE let me know if you try your chili with that substitution. 🙂
Oh, I almost forgot. Did you spy that delicious bread in the background? Well do I have a treat for you.
Yep, pumpkin chili and pumpkin cornbread. Seriously, could fall be any more delicious?
Clean Eating Pumpkin Chili
- 1 lb ground meat (turkey, beef, venison, buffalo)
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 orange bell pepper, diced
- 15 oz can pumpkin puree
- 15 oz petite diced tomatoes
- 15 oz tomato sauce
- 15 oz chili beans, undrained
- 15 oz kidney beans, undrained
- 2 cups water
- 4 tsp chili powder
- 1 Tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
- 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- In a large soup pot, brown ground meat.
- Add in remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Simmer for at least 30 minutes.
- Let rest for 15 minutes and serve in a bowl with tortilla chips, shredded cheese, sour cream (plain Greek yogurt), or sliced avocado. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.