Sunday, February 21, 2010

Chili Time

During our most recent blizzard we had a pot-luck at one neighbor's house. She made the most awesome chili and graciously shared her recipe (since she had gotten it from a magazine years back).  Today our church was having a pot-luck chili dinner and there were probably 8 different pots of chili (along with LOTS and LOTS of fixin's).  This chili was in a bigger crock pot than most, and every scrap of it was gone! So people must have really liked it.

I think you could make it without the turkey if you wanted to go all veg - but I think if doing so you might want to put in another can of kidney beans, or mix in some small bits of tofu with the sauted vegetables.

Pumpkin Chili Mexicana

2 Tbsp vegetable oil               
½ cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped red bell peppers
1 clove garlic
1 lb ground turkey
2 (14.5 oz) cans canned, peeled and diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (15.25 oz) can kidney beans, drained
1 (4oz) can diced green chiles
½ cup whole kernel corn
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper

1.   Heat vegetable oil in large saucepan over medium high heat.  Sauté onions, peppers, and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes or until tender.  Add turkey; cook until browned.  Drain.

2.    ADD tomatoes with juice, pumpkin, tomato sauce, beans, chiles, corn chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low.  Cover.  Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes.

Serve with cornbread, of course!


Susan at Stony River said...

A blizzard potluck -- what a super idea! If I'm lucky enough to be snowed in with my neighbours next winter (if we're not still stuck here that is) I'm going to do the same.

quilly said...

Pumpkin chili? I might want to taste it before I make it!

SouthLakesMom said...

Susan, it was a lot of fun and potlucks are always fun too!

Quilly -- it doesn't taste like pumpkin -- but the pumpkin gives it a really rich texture. Be adventurous!