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.

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.

Love this Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili?

Try my Ground Pork Chinese ChiliSlow Cooker Beef Chorizo Taco ChiliTurkey Wild Rice ChiliShort Rib ChiliButtermilk Cornbread Topped ChiliChipotle Ground Turkey Chili or my Easy Vegetable Chili. Trust me, you’ll love all these delicious chili dishes! It’s impossible to pick a favorite! 

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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.

31 Responses to “Buttermilk Cornbread Topped Chili”

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — December 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Uh, genius? I love chili and cornbread, but baking one on top of the other…dude, this just screams “comfort.”

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — December 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    What a great idea! I’ll have to give this a try. Thanks for all the kind words!

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    nichole — December 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Looks warm, comforting and delicious!

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    hungryandfrozen — December 5, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I know a similar recipe to this, and it’s one of my favourites. I’m always trying to spoon off more than my fair share of cornbread though 😉

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    Sweet as Sugar Cookies — December 5, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Mmm, looks like one great dinner.

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    Deborah — December 5, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I love that you put the cornbread on top of the chili! And I love Barbara and her blog – you are right, so many great recipes!!

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    Erica — December 5, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    PERFECTION! I was totally thinking chili tonight…now I know I need cornbread to go with 😉

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    Lyndsey@TheTinySkillet — December 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Yum! This is the perfect time of year for this lovely dish! Looks so nice!

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    Stephanie — December 5, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Proustian moment: childhood vacations at the beach with my grandparents, a box of Jiff, and a pot of chili turning into that same cornbread on chili casserole! Nice substantial food after a day of hard play.

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    Reeni — December 5, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    This is happiness. Delicious and comforting happiness!

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    Joanne — December 5, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Oh man, if I had gotten barbara, I don’t know WHAT I would have done. I’d have to make, like twenty recipes.

    Fabulous choice, though. Can’t go wrong with chili and cornbread!

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    Chiara @ The Wandering Cook — December 6, 2011 at 5:17 am

    How do you come up with ideas such as this? It looks and sounds awesome!!!

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    Jessica / Green Skies and Sugar Trips — December 6, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Oh WOW, Sweet Baby Jesus and CLUTCH MY PEARLS!!!! This looks GOOD!

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    Sue — December 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    What a perfect winter meal! Looks so good! Gotta add it to my “list”!

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    Veronica Miller — December 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I love spicy chili with sweet cornbread and love that you combined the two in one dish! So smart! I bet this was delicious-it certainly looks so!

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    Raina — December 6, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Yum! There are so many things I love about this, making the cornbread with the chili is a fantastic idea. It looks delicious:)

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    A Canadian Foodie — December 6, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    What a great recipe. A very simple idea with great effect. Perfect for a potluck or cozy night at home. Buttermilk makes everything I bake better.
    🙂
    valerie

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — December 7, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Oh wow, cornbread baked right on your chili?! That is genius.

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    Diana @ a girl, a dog & an oven — December 7, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Yum! Can comfort food get any better? And I’m always on the lookout for new chili recipes. Looks delish!

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    grace — December 7, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    we call this chili casserole, and it’s always a hit!

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    Angie @ Bigbearswife — December 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Corn Bread and Chili go hand in hand! this is perfect with the cornbread on top!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — January 23, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Love the idea of topping chili with cornbread!

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    Erin Dee — January 23, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Love this one skillet comfort food dinner! You can never go wrong with chili and cornbread!

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    Jen — January 23, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    The cornbread on top is genius!! The perfect flavor combination!

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    Sabrina — January 23, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    This looks delicious! I would love a big bowl of this on a cold day.

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    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious — January 23, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    My favorite combo!! I love that you have the spicy chili and the sweet cornbread together! Cast iron skillets make everything better too!

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    Delaney | Melanie Makes — January 23, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    This meal is so comforting!

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    Allyson Zea — January 24, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Wow!!! My family would go crazy over this!!!

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    Jen — February 2, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Made this tonight for dinner! Oh em geeeee. Can you say lick the plate clean???

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    Beth Kelley — February 12, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Brandy – this is soon good. Just made it for my son and husband. Thank you for such a great website for such great food. Delicious.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — February 19th, 2018 @ 10:15 pm

      Thank you, Beth! I’m so glad everyone enjoyed it!

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