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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

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This slow cooker pumpkin chili is packed full of pumpkin puree, spicy Italian sausage and lots of beans and vegetables. This hearty soup is perfect for cold winter nights.

This slow cooker pumpkin chili is packed full of pumpkin puree, spicy Italian sausage and lots of beans and vegetables. This hearty soup is perfect for cold winter nights

Sometimes I go to write a post and my brain goes blank.

Should I just talk about the dish? Should I talk about my day? Should I make up some totally amazing story just because I have nothing to write about?

I just tried asking my husband what to write about and he responded with this “The peanut. It’s neither a pea or a nut.”

Well, that was helpful. Thanks.

This slow cooker pumpkin chili is packed full of pumpkin puree, spicy Italian sausage and lots of beans and vegetables. This hearty soup is perfect for cold winter nights.

I guess today we will go with talking about the dish.

I hope you’re not sick of pumpkin just yet because if you were it would be awkward to explain that this dish does, in fact, contain pumpkin.

I know it might sound odd to add pureed pumpkin to your chili but I swear it’s delicious! It brings a nice punch of nutrients and squashy flavor.

Squashy flavor. That’s a thing…right?

This slow cooker pumpkin chili is packed full of pumpkin puree, spicy Italian sausage and lots of beans and vegetables. This hearty soup is perfect for cold winter nights.

Instead of your typical beef chili, I opted to instead use spicy Italian sausage. Mostly because I love sausage but also because I love the spiciness.

If you’re not a fan of heat you could easily use sweet Italian sausage or any other (non-breakfast style) flavored sausage.

Oh, and if you want it more spicy load this baby up with as much heat as you crave. I may or may not have drizzled my bowl with a little sriracha.

Oh, and this delicious slow cooker pumpkin chili is made in the slow cooker. Hello, easy!

This slow cooker pumpkin chili is packed full of pumpkin puree, spicy Italian sausage and lots of beans and vegetables. This hearty soup is perfect for cold winter nights.

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

This slow cooker pumpkin chili is packed full of pumpkin puree, spicy Italian sausage and lots of beans and vegetables. This hearty soup is perfect for cold winter nights.

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) diced tomatoes with chiles
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Shredded cheese, for topping
  • Chopped cilantro, for topping
  • Corn chips, for topping

Adapted from Whole Foods

Directions:

Remove sausage from it's casing and brown in a skillet over medium heat.

Add browned sausage to a 6 quart slow cooker with onion, bell peppers, garlic, black beans, kidney beans, pumpkin puree, diced tomatoes, beef stock, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, allspice, chipotle chile powder and salt.

Stir to combine and cook on high for 4 hours and low for 6-8 hours.

If desired, serve with a sprinkling of cheese, cilantro and corn chips.

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Lauren

Tuesday 17th of October 2017

I have a question- can you cook this on the stove top? If so, what time should you let it simmer. Thanks!

nutmegnanny

Wednesday 25th of October 2017

Hi Lauren! Yes, you can totally give this a good simmer on the stove. I would say for full flavor give it at least 4 hours on medium low heat.

Jay Housgard

Sunday 15th of October 2017

Does it need to be cooked for 4 hours on high and 6-8 hours on low, for a total time of 10-12 hours? Or can it be one or the other?

Sab.

Thursday 14th of September 2017

A very nice recipe, thank you, I just saw this on a recent foodiecrush post featuring notable chili recipes and I see why this was included, even thought this was published in 2014 I still haven't seen pumpkin chili recipes, so very nice and great flavor for a slow cooker!

Jillian

Friday 23rd of September 2016

This recipe is fantastic! I tried pumpkin chili once before (different recipe) and was not impressed, but the spicy sausage combined with this being a crockpot meal prompted me to try it again... and I'm so glad I did. I followed this recipe to the T and everyone loved it. Perfect fall recipe, thank you for sharing!

nutmegnanny

Sunday 25th of September 2016

Hi Jillian! Thank you so much for coming back and letting me know you enjoyed the recipe! This recipe is a big time favorite around my house and I'm so glad everyone loved it in your house too. Happy fall!

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