Heat 1-2tbs oil in large stockpot, then saute until tender:
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1.25lbs ground turkey
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-3tbs chili powder, or to taste
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 2c pumpkin puree, fresh or 1-15oz canned pumpkin
- 2 - 140z cans diced tomatoes
- 2 - 14oz cans red kidney beans
- 2 - 4oz cans green diced chilies
- 1 - 15oz can chicken broth
- 1 - 15oz can tomato sauce
- 1 - 6oz can tomato paste
- water, adjust amount depending on the consistency you like
- salt and pepper to taste
Serve with your choice of toppings: sour cream, grated cheese, chopped red onions, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, etc.
Instead of ground turkey, you can of course use ground beef, or add 1-2cups of cooked, shredded chicken to the chili towards the end of the cooking period, just to heat thru the chicken. Or for a vegetarian version, substitute 1cup of bulgur, first soaked in hot water for 15 minutes.
In place of some of the tomato sauce and paste, I've even used leftover pizza sauce. Love these "everything but the kitchen sink" -type recipes!
I included a link (see above) on how to make your own pumpkin puree. My own preferred method is to split the sugar pumpkin in half, scrape out the seeds, then place cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 45 min - 1hr. Just stick a knife or fork into the pumpkin and test to see if it is soft. Remove from oven and let cool. Once cool enough to handle, scoop out pumpkin. I like to use a ricer to "mash" the pumpkin, but a hand-held immersion blender works too. I also like to drain the pumpkin puree so it's not as watery. I simply rice the pumpkin directly into a fine mesh strainer and let it sit for an hour or so over a bowl.