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Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Chili:

  • 1- 1 ½ pound lean ground beef (turkey or chicken works too)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Cultivate Fajita Seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Cultivate Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree (not “pie filling”)
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans beans (black, red kidney, pinto, etc)
  • 1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1- 1 ½ cups broth

For serving:

  • Top with salted roasted pumpkin seeds, sour cream, chopped cilantro, green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, or any other favorite topping.

Instructions

STOVE TOP:

  1. Heat the oil in a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add the ground meat and crumble. Allow it to brown completely, about 4-5 minutes. If you have excess grease, drain. Add the onions and bell pepper to the pot and brown for 4-7 minutes until the onions are translucent.

 

  1. STOVE TOP: Add all the remaining chili ingredients to the pot and allow to come to a simmer before covering and lowering the heat. Allow to simmer for 1 hour. If the chili needs more liquid simply add more water or broth.  Allow the chili to simmer for another hour or until the veggies soften.

 

  1. Serve chili topped with your favorite toppings!

 

SLOW COOKER:

  1. Heat the oil in a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add the ground meat and crumble. Allow it to brown completely, about 4-5 minutes. If you have excess grease, drain. Add the onions and bell pepper to the pot and brown for 4-7 minutes until the onions are translucent.

 

  1. Transfer the browned beef mixture to a slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients for the chili, stir, cover and allow to cook on the high setting for 3-4 hours OR on the low setting for 6-8 hours.

Notes:

If you would like to make this a vegan chili, simply omit the meat or substitute with other protein.  We have used cooked quinoa or our homemade walnut meat crumbles as a substitute, but just add either of these toward the end of the cook time.

 

 

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