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Hearty Turkey Pumpkin Chili

A bowl of chili with turkey and pumpkin.

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When the fall season knocks on our door, there’s a shift in the air, and our taste buds yearn for warmth, comfort, and seasonal flavors. Enter Turkey Pumpkin Chili – a symphony of seasonality and nutrition, perfect for those cooler temperatures and busy days.

A bowl of turkey pumpkin chili with avocado and sour cream.

Autumn, for many, is a favorite time of year. The brilliant hues of orange, yellow, and red on trees signify the return of warm sweaters, the crackling of fireplaces, and of course, pumpkins. Pumpkin is not just a fall staple for pies and lattes but makes a delicious addition to savory pumpkin recipes, like our pumpkin turkey chili. Combining the subtle sweetness of pumpkin with the heartiness of turkey is a great recipe for comfort.

Ingredients for turkey pumpkin chili.

What do you need to make Turkey Chili with Pumpkin??

The great thing about this easy turkey chili recipe is that it doesn’t require you to any specialty shopping. Your regular grocery store will be just fine!

  • ground turkey
  • diced onion
  • green bell pepper, but you can use a red or yellow pepper too!
  • garlic
  • pumpkin purée
  • diced tomatoes
  • tomato sauce
  • chicken broth
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • cinnamon
  • oregano
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • great northern beans
  • pinto beans
  • dutch oven
  • wooden spoon
  • cutting board
  • sharp paring knife
A bowl of turkey pumpkin chili with avocado and sour cream.

What toppings should I serve with this Pumpkin turkey chili?

The funnest (is that a word? it is now!) part of bowl dinners like this one, or taco soup, or fajita casserole is the toppings. You can use ANY toppings you like on chili, tacos, or nachos. The combinations are endless, and you can use whatever you have on hand or whatever you like best. A few ideas are:

  • grated cheddar cheese
  • fresh cilantro
  • chopped green onions
  • sour cream, crema, Greek yogurt
  • salsas
  • roasted veggies like these sweet potato bites
  • taco sauce
  • shredded lettuce
  • chopped tomatoes
  • sliced jalapeños
  • pickled peppers

Turkey Chili is Lower in Calories but not flavor!

Swapping the traditional ground beef for turkey in your chili is not just a lighter option, but also brings a unique taste that complements the pumpkin. This switch makes the chili leaner and lower in calories without sacrificing the hearty taste that we all love in a big pot of chili.

A bowl of pumpkin and vegetable stew with tortilla chips.

Added nutrition from the Pumpkin

The addition of pumpkin not only brings a seasonal touch but also boosts the dish’s nutritional value. Pumpkins are packed with Vitamin A, antioxidants, and fiber. These health benefits, combined with the lean protein from the turkey, transform this dish into a powerhouse of healthy ingredients. Moreover, the creamy texture and depth of flavor brought by pumpkin purée make this chili a delicious dinner option that your whole family will love.

A spoonful of chili in a white bowl.

Make it Spicy

Chipotle peppers or red pepper flakes can and should be added if you like it spicy! But if your family is into a mild spice level, consider just serving the chili with fresh, pickled, or canned hot peppers (think adobo!) to boost the spice levels.

Best Beans for Pumpkin Chili

The choice of beans can be any kind you like best or have on hand. The recipe calls for pinto and great northern, but almost any canned cooked bean will work. Not sure garbanzos are best but if you have them and want to try, why not?

A pot of chili with turkey and pumpkin topped with avocado and sour cream.

Got leftovers

The best thing about preparing a lot of chili is the leftovers. Storing your chili in an airtight container keeps it fresh for days, making it a go-to recipe for those busy weeknights. And if you happen to have some tortilla chips make nachos with leftover chili, cheese and the chips!

A bowl of chili with turkey and pumpkin.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

5 from 47 votes
Course: Dinner Recipes, Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 353kcal
Author: Laura
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  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper deseeded and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 15.9 oz. pumpkin purée
  • 15.9 oz. diced tomatoes
  • 1 10 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 15.9 oz. great northern beans one can
  • 15.9 oz. pinto beans one can


  • Brown ground turkey with onion and bell pepper
    Onions in a bowl on a marble countertop.
  • Add garlic, and cook, stirring for another minute
    A pan with turkey and vegetables in it.
  • Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, pumpkin, and spices, and stir until well mixed
    A bowl of chili with turkey and pumpkin.
  • Stir in beans
    A pot filled with pumpkin chili on a marble countertop.
  • Cover and bring to a simmer
    A pot filled with beans and tomatoes on a marble countertop, simmering a turkey pumpkin chili.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes, or until ready to serve


Garnish ideas:
Sour cream
Tortilla chips


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 845mg | Potassium: 1397mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 12309IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 7mg
laura sampson

About Laura

Laura is on a mission to teach modern family oriented women how to make old-fashioned foods new again. A wife and mom of 3 boys, Laura understands the struggles of trying to serve a home-cooked meal each night. She provides recipes and cooking hacks for busy moms to create dishes they may think take more time or skill than they have to make. Read more...

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