Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Chili



  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 oz garlic (4-6 cloves)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 12 oz diced pumpkin (half of a small (2.5 lbs) cooking pumpkin)
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 3 oz tomato paste
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 15 oz can kidney beans
  • 15 oz can white beans
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • salt (to taste)
  • fresh cracked black pepper (to taste)


  • shredded cheese (optional)
  • sour cream (optional)
  • avocado (optional, but recommended!)


  1. Start by cutting pumpkin and other veggies. To cut pumpkin: pop the stem off with a large knife and cut pumpkin in half. Scoop out seeds and membrane. Cut pumpkin halves in two and peel the tough skin off with a vegetable peeler.
  2. Dice pumpkin, onions, bell pepper, and tomatoes.
  3. Preheat a large Xtrema Stock Pot over low heat. Once warm, add oil. 
  4. Add onions and saute until translucent. 
  5. Add tomatoes, pumpkin, and bell peppers. Cook for a few minutes. 
  6. Smash garlic, mince it and add it to the veggies. Stir and cook until veggies are softened. 
  7. Take veggies out of the pot and set aside. 
  8. In the same pot, cook ground turkey until browned, breaking up all the clumps. Season with some salt and pepper as it cooks. 
  9. Add veggies back to the pot and stir.
  10. Increase heat to medium and stir in stock, pumpkin puree, tomato sauce and tomato paste. 
  11. Strain most of the liquid from the beans and add them to the pot. Gently stir everything well. Bring to boil.
  12. Lower heat to low and stir in sugar, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Taste to check if more salt and spice is desired.
  13. Cover, leaving a small crack for steam to escape, and cook for about an hour. Remember to stir once in a while to ensure even cooking.


about the author

Holly Bergstrom

Holly Bergstrom

Holly Bergstrom is the Brand Engagement Manager at Xtrema Cookware, and she oversees the creative direction of the company! Holly is passionate about minimizing toxic exposure and living a healthy and vibrant life form the inside out. Holly enjoys cooking, educating, and creating healthy meals for her friends and family. She desires to help every home and kitchen relearn how to slow down, be present, and cook with intention and simplicity. You can follow Holly on @livefreeandveg.

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