Meaty Pumpkin Chili

Last night was rainy and a little chilly here, and it was really starting to feel a bit like fall. Something hot and comforting was the ticket for dinner, and I was able to devise this amazing pumpkin chili from what I had on hand in my pantry and freezer! It was an easy one pot meal that I put together quickly and then allowed to just simmer low and slow. I always stock up on cans of pumpkin puree in the fall since, let’s be real, I love everything and anything pumpkin! I also always try to have a couple of packages of meatloaf mix or ground beef at the ready in my freezer to be able to pull together an easy meal like this.

The meat for the pumpkin chili getting nice and brown.
First, I browned the meat with lots of spices for big flavor. The spices really helped warm up the dish and make it so comforting.
The pumpkin chili simmering away and smelling absolutely uh-may-zing!
After that, everything else just went into my big pot. I used chipotle peppers and canned pumpkin to give even more fantastic flavor and texture to the meaty pumpkin chili. Then it simmered away for about an hour and smelled absolutely uh-may-zing!

It was as easy as that. When it was done, I scooped the pumpkin chili out into bowls and topped them off with a dollop of greek yogurt and a little more fresh cilantro. The greek yogurt was the perfect finish because it added a great tang and creamy texture to the dish. Marc and I mopped up the deliciousness with some crusty bread and washed it all down with pumpkin beers. Let me tell you, this pumpkin chili was a bowl of pure fall comfort. All of the warm spices really enhanced the meat and canned pumpkin. The flavors melded together just gloriously!

Meaty Pumpkin Chili
Meaty Pumpkin Chili
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Meaty Pumpkin Chili
Meaty Pumpkin Chili
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 1 dash olive oil
  • 1 pound meatloaf mix (equal parts beef, pork and veal)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon lime sea salt (regular sea salt is great too!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper
  • 1 whole onion peeled and diced small
  • 4 whole chipotles in adobo sauce finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves finely chopped, plus additional for topping
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes 28 oz size
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt as needed for topping
  1. Get a large pot on the stove and heat the olive oil in it over medium high heat. Brown the meat in it for about 5 minutes while you break it up with a spoon. While the meat cooks, spice it up with the chili powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, smoked paprika, cumin and crushed red pepper.
  2. Add the onion, chipotles in adobo and fresh cilantro to the pot once the meat is cooked and let them get fragrant for a couple of minutes. Deglaze the pan with the apple cider vinegar, scraping up those yummy brown bits at the bottom of the pot.
  3. Add the pumpkin puree, crushed tomatoes and chicken stock into the pot and give the pumpkin chili a big stir. Bring it to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer and let it go low and slow for an hour.
  4. Scoop the chili into bowls, then top them off with a dollop of greek yogurt and a few fresh cilantro leaves. Enjoy the Fall inspired comfort!