Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

Well the fall of 2020 has truly been a bizarre one – it’s been unseasonably warm (seriously, my roses and daisies are still green in the first week of December!). This cold weather has me grabbing for a cup of hot cocoa, putting on my joggers and eating warm foods – like chili!

I am a fan favorite of any well seasoned chili (ahem, midwestern icon “Steak n Shake”), but no one in my household likes spicy chili. Our compromise is making full-flavor chili without burning our tastebuds in the process – which brings us to this delightfully full flavor, hearty and filling pumpkin chili – and the best part is that it’s both slow cooker and Insta-pot friendly!

Please don’t write me off here if you like beans in your chili – I like them too, but this recipe is a more traditional style chili: lots of peppers, lots of meat and no beans. I know it’s hard to believe, but the origin of chili actually does not include beans; in fact, the International Chili Society’s rules for chili is that it cannot have beans in it (see here ).The good news is, you probably won’t miss it. If you do, add a can next time! 

In order to keep the calories and cost down, I use ground turkey when I make this chili (93/7). I use lots of peppers, a decent amount of onion and the star – fire roasted tomatoes. Do not waste your time with those essentially flavorless canned tomatoes – fire roasted is where it’s at and it’s usually the same price. We also like to top this with greek yogurt (or sour cream) and fresh avocado – it’s very delicious!

I hope you enjoy this recipe and let us know in the comments what you think!

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

A warm, hearty chili filled with peppers and tomatoes that is sure to become a new favorite for your family!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 307 kcal


  • Slow Cooker


  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 14 oz canned pumpkin
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lbs ground turkey substitue with any meat of your choice
  • 28 oz fire roasted tomatoes canned
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2.5 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayene option, for heat


Slow Cooker Directions

  • Place oil, peppers and onions in a skillet and cook for 6-8 minutes, until onions become translucent.
  • Add garlic and cook until it becomes fragrant (30 seconds to one minute)
  • Add ground turkey and cook for 6-8 minutes. It's okay if it's not cooked completely, the slow cooker will finish the job.
  • Transfer the meat mixture into the slow cooker.
  • Add all remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and stir throughoughly. Place it on low for 6-7 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Garnish and serve.

Instant Pot Directions

  • Use the Sauté function and cook the onions and peppers until transulcent, roughly 6-8 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, roughly 30 seconds - 1 minute.
  • Add ground turkey and cook for 4-6 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir.
  • Cook on high pressure for 12 minutes and manually release the pressure.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Garnish and serve.



Sugar: 3.8gFiber: 2.8gPotassium: 631mgCholesterol: 124mgCalories: 307kcalSaturated Fat: 1.5gFat: 6.7gProtein: 54.8gCarbohydrates: 8.2g
Keyword #chili, #pumpkin, #stew, soup
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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Jennifer

    Where is the pumpkin?

    1. Zeke Barber

      Hello Jennifer,

      Thank you for your feedback! For some reason, the ingredients were not showing up properly. I have corrected this issue!

      God bless!

  2. Jac

    5 stars
    This was really delicious so love the pumpkin as never tried that before in a chilli. Perfect autumn meal but couldn’t resist having it during the summer. But to be fair it is slightly chilly here up in the Scottish highlands 🙂

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