recipe | turkey pumpkin chili

October 1, 2014

when john comes home every friday, i have something delicious waiting for him. it's normally something that will last us the whole weekend, and sometimes into the following week for me. this last weekend is was turkey pumpkin chili, in honor of fall. i pretty much threw a bunch of shit in a crock-pot and was super surprised when it turned out well.

with a baby, i don't have time to stand over a stove and cook. i am all about the crock pot. throw it in, leave it for the day & then boom.

i was never a fan of chili, but had it a few years ago when someone had made it. they put it over mashed potatoes, so that's what i did! it's super hearty & perfect for a cold night.

again, i did not follow any recipe. i actually googled a few of the "top" chili recipes & picked apart the ingredients that we would enjoy. this made a huge amount, so you don't really need to use the family size of turkey, but here is what i came up with.

what you'll need:

- 1 family size of ground turkey
- 1 can of diced tomatoes
- 1 can of corn (drained)
- 1 can beans (whatever kind you like, i used kidney. drain & rinse them)
- 1 can pumpkin puree
- handful of diced onions (john hates onion so i didn't use much)
- spices (you can buy a packet of chili powder, or just make your own)

what you'll do:

1. cook the ground turkey in a pan until completely brown. you'll have a pretty decent amount of liquid so drain it as much as you can. i hate soupy chili, i like it thick.

2. put meat in crock pot, along with everything else. seriously. just throw it all into the crock pot.

3. cook on HIGH for 6 hours, or LOW for 8 hours

4. stir occasionally if you want to


i served this over homemade mashed potatoes. so it went mashed potatoes, chili on top, then shredded cheese & sour cream on top. with a side of cornbread & multigrain corn chips to eat the chili more like a "dip". so, freaking, delicious.


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