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Slow Cooked Pumpkin Chili

Earlier this month when I had pumpkin chili on the menu plan several of you commented about it and were curious what it was like.

Well, I am happy to report that my whole family loved the pumpkin chili.

Every time  I see a recipe for pumpkin chili I find it interesting and think to myself that I need to try making my own version of it. This year I was determined to give it a try and I am so glad that I finally did.

All three of my kids enjoy pumpkin, so this was not about sneaking a vegetable into their food, but if your kids are not big fans of pumpkin this might be a good way to get them to try it.

Because there are so many flavors going on in chili the pumpkin is not very noticeable. It has a very subtle taste. It gives it a little different flavor than most chili, but you can not tell it is pumpkin.

This will definitely be on the menu plan again soon.

This post linked to the $5 Dinner Challenge.

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  1. Looks good! I tried slow cooker pumpkin soup last week, it was different but good. I’ll have to try this chili too!

  2. Wow! Yummy! I’m so making this and going to link to it in a post next week. 🙂

  3. I have never had this before and I am going to try it. Thank you for another terrific recipe.

  4. Tried this tonight and was very good! My only additions to it was a 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar* and additional chili powder and I could have used even more because it was very mild. Did not tell my husband or kids that it contained pumpkin though because I wanted them to actually try it first and my picky eaters liked it!
    * Please note that I use vinegar because it is very good at deceiving your taste-buds into thinking a dish is saltier than it is. We are a low-sodium household so my homemade stock, soaked beans, diced tomatoes and chili powder contained no additional salt other than what occurs naturally.

    Thanks Lynn! Love your site!

  5. This is one of our favorite recipes. It was in Taste of Home a couple of years ago. We change it up a bit, but the kids really enjoy it.

  6. Made this today and it was great! Like you said, no one noticed the pumpkin or complained about it being there 🙂 I’m curious – have you ever made chili with dried beans? i.e. is there any way to dump all the ingredients and some dried black beans in the crockpot and have it turn out well, or do the beans have to be canned or (if dried) pre-cooked? it would be SUPER to be able to use dried beans, since they are less expensive.

    • I am glad you liked it. Thanks for letting me know. Dried beans need a lot of liquid, so for chili I have always found it best to use pre-cooked or canned beans. You could use dried beans, but I would precook them and then add them to the chili. I hope that helps.


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