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Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Chili is a fantastic way to utilize that canned pumpkin in your pantry. A savory and filling pumpkin chili recipe that is beyond flavorful and unique! This pumpkin chili is one recipe you don’t want to pass up. 

Pumpkin chili in a pot with a ladle.

I was looking through the most recent edition of Taste of Home magazine, and I found a recipe for Pumpkin Chili that intrigued me. We like chili here, but I’d never tried it with pumpkin before and was curious if it would be good or not. I changed a few things though. I left out the beans because I’m on a low carb diet and didn’t add the sugar. Then I also added in some sliced mushrooms.

Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Chili is a lighter version to regular chili. I opted to leave the beans out and replaced it with mushrooms to make it a filling chili. The beauty of this recipe is only a handful of ingredients is needed, and a short time to cook. 

You’ll also like this Pumpkin Soup.

Pumpkin chili ingredients.
Steps to make pumpkin chili.
Steps to make pumpkin chili.
Pumpkin Chili in a pot.

Looking for more twists on chili

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  • Bean Chili | Nothing beats a delicious bean chili. Hearty, protein-packed chili that will fill you up and bursting with flavor. 
  • Taco Chili | If you love Tex-Mex flavors, give this recipe a try. I am a huge fan of Mexican flavors, and this recipe is so simple to make. 

Can I Use Homemade Pumpkin Puree

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    Yes! If you prefer making homemade pumpkin puree go for it. I reached for can for an easy, quick fix, but if you have puree, you made on hand add in the same amount of measured puree the recipe calls for. 

    What is in Pumpkin Chili 

    For my recipe, I used ground beef, onions, pumpkin puree, mushrooms, tomatoes and a handful of spices. You are welcome to add in canned beans if you want, vs. leaving them out. You could toss in one to two cans of chili beans if you would like. Or do a can of pinto and kidney for a variety. 

    Pumpkin chili in a bowl with a spoon.

    Can I Make Pumpkin Chili in the Crockpot

    You can make Pumpkin Chili in the crockpot! Just cook up your beef and onion in a skillet and drain the fat. Then add it into the crockpot along with all the other ingredients. Then turn your crockpot on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-5 hours. 

    Can I Use Sausage to Replace Ground Beef in Pumpkin Chili

    I haven’t tried swapping out the beef for sausage, but I think it could work. Or you could even do one pound beef and two pounds sausage if you want to add even more flavor. Or use ground turkey for a leaner protein. 

    You could even cook up some diced chicken and replace the ground beef if you want. I loved the ground beef route, but there are options. 

    Pumpkin Chili in a bowl with a spoon.

    What Toppings Are Good for Pumpkin Chili 

    • Sour Cream
    • Shredded Cheese 
    • Crackers 
    • Tortilla chips
    • Fresh avocado slices
    • Hot Sauce 
    • Cornbread to dip or crumble on top

    I would say you could use almost any of your favorite chili toppings for your pumpkin chili. 

    How Long Does Pumpkin Chili Last 

    You can store your leftover chili in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days. I will say this recipe tasted the best day two; the flavors were able to blend overnight. You want to put any leftovers in the fridge before the two-hour mark of finishing cooking your chili. 

    I find this recipe is fantastic for using to meal prep for a few meals for the rest of the week. Just reheat in the microwave or heat it on the stove and serve and enjoy. 

    Can You Freeze Pumpkin Chili 

    Absolutely! Just place in a freezer friendly container. Make sure to leave some room at the top of your container as the soup freezes it will expand a bit. You can store it in the freezer for up to three months. 

    To reheat place in the fridge the night before to allow it to thaw. Then warm up in the microwave, stovetop, or even slow cooker. 

    Pumpkin chili in a bowl with a spoon.

    Easy Pumpkin Chili with Ground Beef

    Give this Pumpkin Chili with ground beef a go. I think you will love this recipe if you are a fan of pumpkin and chili. It offers such a unique flavor that will leave you wanting one more bowl of this soup! 

    Give this chili a try today! 

    You might also like this Frito Chili Pie and Presidential Chili.

    Have you ever made a Pumpkin Chili before? If so what did you think? 

    5 from 1 vote

    Pumpkin Chili

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 11
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
    Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
    The best fall chili recipe! This savory and filling soup recipe is perfect for tailgating with pumpkin, ground beef, mushrooms, and tomatoes, too.


    • 3 lb lean ground beef
    • 1 yellow onion chopped
    • 2 cups mushrooms sliced
    • 2 cans diced tomatoes 28oz cans, undrained
    • 1 cup canned pumpkin
    • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp pepper
    • 2 tsp chili powder


    • In large pot, cook beef and onion over medium heat until beef is no longer pink; drain.
    • Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour, uncovered. Serve hot.


    Serving: 1g | Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 317mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Soups
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Pumpkin Chili

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    1. Debbie White Beattie says:

      I love chili but I’m not a fan of pumpkin so I’m unsure if I would like it in my delicious chili

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