You guys…I have gone pumpkin overboard.
But, I am just going to keep on posting. This weekend’s experiment was Spicy Pumpkin Chili. A little spice…a little sweet…a whole lotta warmth! It truly turned out to be a great dish for fall. And honestly, it isn’t a diet ruiner. Rejoice!
I wish I had better pictures of it, but I was in a rush getting out of the house and then didn’t really take any good ones while eating it…because nothing gets in the way of a spoon and my mouth when I am hungry, lets be real. But I will work on the nutritional info and getting some better pictures of this delectable harvest dish!
yield: 8 servings
- 1lb ground meat of choice (I was going to use turkey breast, but went with organic grass fed 93/7% ground beef instead)
- 1 can 100% pumpkin puree
- 1 can unsalted sweet corn
- 1 can diced tomatoes (I used a basil and oregano variation)
- 1 can kidney beans (or your bean of preference)
- 1 onion – chopped
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil – separated
- 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
- salt + pepper – to taste
- 1-2 tbsp Frank’s Red Hot Original or Tabasco Original (Any cayenne hot sauce of choice…I ALSO added a few shakes of green Tabasco)
- 1 tsp of each – dried oregano & dried cilantro
- cinnamon + nutmeg (just a couple of shakes)
- plain Greek yogurt (optional as garnish)
- Turn crockpot on low and add cans of corn, beans, tomatoes, and pumpkin…let warm until pumpkin starts melting down, then mix.
- In a separate pan, saute onions in garlic and 1 tbsp olive oil, then add to crockpot.
- In the same pan (now emptied), brown the ground meat with other tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. If using lean meat (93% fat free or higher), do not drain. Add to crockpot.
- Then add chili powder, cumin, cayenne hot sauce, oregano, cilantro, salt + pepper, and any other chili seasons you may normally use. Mix crockpot mixture all together.
- Follow this step sparingly if you are a skeptic with the cinnamon and nutmeg–go a shake at a time and mix in between. Less is more here, because the longer the chili cooks in the crockpot, the stronger the seasonings will get.
- Heat on low for 4-6 hours. Serve with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt and enjoy!