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Pumpkin-Pulled Pork Chili

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"A different twist on chili with pureed pumpkin in place of tomato."
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17 h 21 m servings 204
Original recipe yields 10 servings


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  1. Place pork loin and onion in a small pot. Pour dark ale over pork and coat with tomato sauce. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinate in the refrigerator, 8 hours to overnight.
  2. Transfer pork mixture to a slow cooker. Cook on Low until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C), about 8 hours.
  3. Transfer pork from the slow cooker to a cutting board, reserving cooking liquid. Shred the pork using 1 fork to hold the pork and another to shred the meat.
  4. Place chili powder and cumin in a large pot over medium heat; toast until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add water, pumpkin, chicken bouillon, jalapeno pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Bring to a simmer and cook until pumpkin softens, about 20 minutes. Puree with an immersion blender until sauce is smooth.
  5. Stir corn, beans, cilantro, and black pepper into the sauce. Add shredded pork and reserved cooking liquid; mix to combine. Cook until flavors are blended and chili reaches desired thickness, about 30 minutes.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Substitute two 15-ounces canned pumpkin for the fresh pumpkin if desired. Substitute one 15-ounce can Great Northern beans for the dry beans if desired.
  • Substitute 3 chicken bouillon cubes for the powder if preferred.
  • Substitute dried cilantro for the fresh cilantro if preferred.
  • Partner Tip
  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 204 calories; 5.8 17.7 19.1 43 290 Full nutrition

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Made this for Christmas eve for friends who can't eat red meat. It was a hit! I used canned pumpkin and added 1 can of kidney beans. The longer this cooks and sets, the thicker it gets which ...