Turkey Pumpkin Chili


Canned pumpkin adds mellow background flavor and works to thicken up this turkey pumpkin chili. Smoked paprika adds flavor with a hint of spice. This chili is on the thicker side—if you want it thinner, add a bit more water.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped

  • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed

  • 1 (15 ounce) can unseasoned pumpkin puree

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups packed chopped curly kale leaves

  • 4 tablespoons sour cream

  • Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are just tender, about 5 minutes. Add turkey and cook, stirring often, until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, beans, pumpkin, water, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, pepper and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the flavors meld, about 20 minutes, adding kale during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Ladle into 4 bowls; top each with 1 tablespoon sour cream. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.

To make ahead

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

414 Calories
17g Fat
36g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 414
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 11g 39%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 31g 62%
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Vitamin A 19260IU 385%
Sodium 467mg 20%
Potassium 890mg 19%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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