Turkey Pumpkin Chili is the perfect Fall dish made with ground turkey, tomatoes, canned pumpkin, white beans and spinach.
Yield: 6 servings
4.45 from 45 votes

Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Turkey Pumpkin Chili is the perfect Fall dish made with ground turkey, tomatoes, canned pumpkin, white beans and spinach.

Ingredients

  • 1 large yellow onion (diced (about 2 cups))
  • 1 medium bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange, diced)
  • 6 garlic cloves (minced (or 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder))
  • 1⅓ pounds ground turkey or chicken (90 to 93 percent lean)
  • One 15-ounce can white beans (drained and rinsed)
  • One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes with liquid
  • ¼ cup tomato paste (no salt added)
  • One 14-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon (or 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice)
  • teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves
  • Avocado (optional)
  •  Sour cream or Nonfat plain Greek yogurt (optional)
  •  Cilantro (optional)

Instructions

  • Liberally coat a large pot or Dutch oven with oil spray and warm over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onion and bell pepper and sauté, stirring occasionally, for about 7 minutes, or until the onion softens.
  • Add the garlic, stir everything together, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the ground turkey or chicken. Use a spatula or large spoon to break up the meat as it cooks. Continue to cook about 6 to 7 minutes, until fully cooked.
  • Add the beans, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, pumpkin puree, broth, chili powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice), cumin, black pepper, and optional cayenne pepper, and stir.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Right before serving, add the spinach and mix throughout.
  • Enjoy the chili with desired toppings, such as avocado, nonfat plain Greek yogurt, cilantro, and salsa.

Instant Pot Method:

  • Press saute on the instant pot, then follow the steps 1 to 5, cook 15 min high pressure, natural release. Add the spinach just before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1-1/2 cups, Calories: 300kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 55mg, Sodium: 570mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 10g
Freestyle Points: 4