Pumpkin Chili in the Slow Cooker, Easy and Kid-Friendly

Pumpkin Chili in the Slow Cooker, Easy and Kid-Friendly

Kid-Friendly Pumpkin Chili Made in the Slow Cooker

I love chili but my daughter will never eat it since she claims it’s “way too spicy.” I have tried some pretty mild recipes but none of them have passed muster with her. I have heard of pumpkin chili but have never tried it, so I decided to give it a try in my quest for a chili the whole family could enjoy. I was a little hesitant because, to me, pumpkin and chili just do not go together. Well, guess what? I was wrong!

This recipe was a big hit and both of my kiddos gobbled it up and asked for seconds. I made this pumpkin chili with ingredients I already had on hand. If you have different beans then go ahead and try those out. Also, you can adjust the amount of V-8 juice used to suit your preferred level of thickness in a chili.

This recipe is very mild, slightly sweet, and more healthful than many other chili recipes. Since I do like my chili a little spicy, I added some jalapeño flavored sour cream to mine. Yum.

Keep reading after the recipe for more great slow cooker main dishes from some great bloggers as part of Crocktoberfest2013!

 Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes with juice
  • 2 cans chili beans

  • 2 cups of V-8 juice
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • dash of salt

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat and saute the onion and garlic until tender. Add the turkey and brown evenly. I do this ahead of time and often keep browned turkey in the freezer.
  2. Combine the turkey and remaining ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours.
  3. Serving suggestions: serve with tortilla chips, tortillas, sour cream and shredded cheese.

Have you ever tried a pumpkin chili recipe? Do you like your chili mild or spicy? Please leave a comment. Share and let’s talk about it.

Kid-Friendly Pumpkin Chili Made in the Slow Cooker

I’ve teamed up with some of my friends to bring you a great list of slow cooker main dish recipes today!  There are 17 delicious recipes to check out today.  If you love slow cooker dishes then check out #crocktoberfest2013 on facebook, twitter, and instagram to find all the other recipes that will be shared this week.

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Baja Chicken Soup from Around My Family Table
Crockpot Pot Roast from Eat Drink Love
Crockpot French Dip from White Lights on Wednesday
Chicken Enchilada Soup from {I Love} My Disorganized Life
Grammy’s Crock Pot Turkey Legs from Dizzy Busy & Hungry
Beef & Barley Soup from Peanut Butter & Peppers
Beef Stew from Curry & Comfort
Sweet Potato Cheddar Slow Cooker Soup from Homemaking Hacks
Crock Pot French Onion Soup from Cookie Monster Cooking
Crock Pot Green Chili Chicken from Mom Endeavors
Slow Cooker Carnitas from Foodie Tots
Italian Pork Chops with Parmesan Noodles from Pink Cake Plate
Slow Cooker 15 Bean Soup from 365 Days of Crockpot
Slow Cooker Tomato & Brown Sugar Pork Chops from Brie Brie Blooms
Slow Cooker Sesame Beef from Slender Kitchen
Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches from Dinners, Dishes, & Desserts
Refried Beans without Lard from Kitchen Treaty

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Comments

  1. Oh wow…I’ve never even thought to put pumpkin in my chili. Great {and tasty} idea! Thanks for sharing during #crocktoberfest2013!!

  2. Debra Wagner says:

    Oh my…looks so good, i will make this!!

  3. Debbie Fournier says:

    Mmm, this sounds wonderful!

  4. This recipe is wonderful… I have never added pumpkin into chili and now it’s a must try. :)

  5. Such a great time of year for chili. Looks wonderful!

  6. This chili sounds delicious! I get so caught up in using pumpkin in sweet treats and don’t pay enough attention to using it in savory dishes – which I need to change! We would love this in our house.

  7. This sounds lovely and I could easily make it vegetarian.

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