December 2, 2013

Easy Crockpot Pumpkin Turkey Chili

One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is the leftovers.  We got a HUGE turkey (24 glorious pounds!) so we would have plenty to eat, share and have leftovers.  Many Waters Easy Crockpot Pumpkin ChiliEven with sending turkey home with friends, I have enough leftover turkey for three meals plus the carcass for homemade broth.  Earlier this fall I pinned a recipe for Pumpkin Turkey Chili because I thought it sounded good.  Recently I took a good look at the recipe and realized it was missing a few critical ingredients (like beans!) for chili.  So I decided to wing it and make my own.  This is the first time I made this recipe.  I’m sharing it with you anyway, mostly because I  won’t make it again till next year and I want to remember it.  


1-2 cups turkey, cut into bite size pieces

1 cup corn

1/2 cup mashed potatoes (I was trying to use up leftovers. You couldn’t tell they were in there. Next time I want to add a cup.)

1 can Rotel tomatoes

2 cups (or cans) diced tomatoes (I had a quart of frozen diced tomatoes so I used those.

3 cups (or two cans) of beans.  I used black and kidney but use whatever you have on hand.

1 green pepper, diced

1 medium onion, diced

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 cups pumpkin (or however much you have leftover)

1/4 tsp cinnamon (I used a 1/2 tsp and The Man said it was too much, so use less!)

2 tsp cumin (We like cumin, I should have used more)

1 tsp chili powder

salt and pepper to taste

To Make:

1.  Toss everything in your crockpot.  Let it cook on low for 6-7 hours or until your house smells yummy and everything is hot and the flavors have mingled.

2.  Top with shredded cheese, avocado and/or sour cream if you like that stuff.  Enjoy!

I think some fresh cilantro would be good to add but I didn’t have any on hand.  If you make it, please let me know how it turns out.  If you tweak it, I’d love to know what you did so I can make this recipe even yummier.  On the up side, Munchkin ate all hers and enjoyed the leftovers of the chili too.  That alone makes it a win in my book!


  1. This is really interesting. I have never heard of pumpkin chili. This is a "this is a very unique recipe" pin.

  2. That chili looks so amazing! i haven't yet ever try chili with pumpkin, sounds so wonderful ! i had to pin it!

    i found you on the blog hop at wine'd down hope your stop by and see this weeks dish from me

  3. sounds great and i love you can customize by your tastes or leftovers :) Would love if you would link up to our month long search for the best crafts, tutorials, free patterns and recipes!

  4. That bowl looks like it's calling my name...

  5. I love the combination of these flavors! What a fabulous way to use them! I am popping over from the Win’d Down Wednesday Link Party. I have pinned, liked and tweeted, and g+-ed. I would love it if you would drop by my
    site at for a short visit! I will look forward
    to seeing you there! Deb @ Kneaded Creations.

  6. Thanks for sharing on the Wonderful Wednesday Link Party. We hope you will come back next week. I have never heard of pumpkin turkey chili. I'm pinning this to try in the future!

  7. This sounds great! I love pumpkin but never thought of adding it to a soup! Can't wait to try it this winter!


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