I don’t know about you but in the weeks and days leading up to Thanksgiving I am constantly craving the delicious flavors this holiday ushers in. It seems that I cannot get my fill of pumpkin, or any other winter squash for that matter. Not to mention all the wonderful fall seasonings, sage, thyme, nutmeg, and cinnamon to name a few. Each ingredient bursting with bold and comforting flavors your taste buds will delight in. Ah, and now this week, the craziness of prepping side-dishes for the big day begins and my kitchen turns into chaos. Since I’ll be baking and prepping most of the week I know I need to plan ahead for dinners this week or frozen pizza it is! Tonight, this chili recipe is the effortless meal, filled will all the flavors of Thanksgiving I have been drooling over, and a healthier option than that frozen pizza I mentioned.
Turkey Pumpkin Chili
Prep time: 10 minutes / Cook time: 30 minutes / Serves 6-8
2 lbs ground turkey
1 teaspoon extra virgin oil olive
1-15oz can tomato sauce
1-15oz can tomatoes, diced
1-17.6 oz box pumpkin soup (I used Trader Joe’s)
1-15 oz can kidney beans
1-15 oz can cannellini beans (white kidney)
1 medium onion, diced
1 teaspoon garlic, crushed
1 cup water, warmed
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 bay leaf
pepper to taste
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons green onion, sliced
- In a large pot over medium heat saute garlic and diced onion in the extra virgin olive oil until tender.
- Add ground turkey, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Using a wooden spoon, break apart turkey as it cooks, once the meat browns drain and carefully pour back into pot.
- Add the pumpkin soup, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and stir well.
- Stir in beans and season with nutmeg and additional salt as needed, bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, lower heat to medium low, add bay leaf and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally.
- Chili will begin to thicken in 20-30 minutes, taste for seasoning as preferred.
- Garnish with sour cream, sharp cheddar cheese and green onion before serving.
- Serve with a side of cornbread.
You can use an assortment of beans in this recipe, kidney beans, red beans, white beans, pinto beans, they will all work. If you enjoy spice add a dash of red chili flakes to garnish. To thicken the chili you can consider adding tomato paste as needed.