Spicy Pumpkin Chili


The pumpkin is a great surprise in this chili! It makes the whole house smell good and tastes great! Garnish with cheese and jalapenos if desired. This recipe can be made on stovetop too. Cooking time would be reduced to 30-45 minutes for chili to simmer.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
10 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • ½ large onion, diced

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 (4 ounce) can tomato sauce with garlic and onions

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans petite diced tomatoes

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree

  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir the beef in the skillet until crumbly and no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in the red pepper flakes, garlic, and onion; continue cooking until the beef has browned and the onion has softened and turned translucent. Add the green and red bell pepper and cook 5 minutes more.

  2. While the beef is cooking, combine the kidney beans, black beans, Great Northern beans, tomato sauce, tomato sauce with garlic and onions, petite diced tomatoes, fire roasted diced tomatoes, and pumpkin puree in a large slow cooker. Season with pumpkin pie spice, chili powder, cumin, and salt. Stir in the ground beef mixture.

  3. Cook on Low until the chili is hot, 1 to 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

271 Calories
6g Fat
36g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 271
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 1041mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 11g 40%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 39mg 193%
Calcium 107mg 8%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 758mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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