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Pumpkin & Black Bean Chili

October 15, 2012

I had been meaning to try using pumpkin in a dinner for a long time. Anytime I use this AMAZING ingredient, it's always in a dessert of some kind. Pumpkin Coffee Cake Muffins, Pumpkin Pie French Toast, even Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies. Would this go over well?? 

I came across a chili recipe with black beans that Lynn from Lynn's Kitchen Adventures had posted, I knew it had to be done. I've made several of her recipes and they've all turned out amazing and you know what? She was absolutely right. You wouldn't know there was pumpkin even in there! 

Paul and I both commented, though, the pumpkin gave it a richer, creamier texture that was really wonderful! I left mine pretty mild for me and the kids, but amp up the chili powder and add in some red pepper flakes if you like your chili hot!

Pumpkin & Black Bean Chili
adapted from Lynn's Kitchen Adventures

1 lb ground beef
1 tablespoon dried, minced onion
3 teaspoons minced garlic
15oz can pumpkin puree
28oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon dried parsley
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
sour cream
shredded cheddar

Cook ground beef in stock pot until brown, drain, and return to pain. Add the rest of the ingredients (besides the sour cream and cheese, of course) and stir to combine. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Serve in bowls topped with sour cream and cheddar. This chili is perfect with some good cornbread!

This post is part of the Iron Chef Mom Challenge, WOO HOO! 

Kristi over at I Should Be Mopping The Floor is hosting our challenge this week featuring, PUMPKIN! Head on over to enter your favorite pumpkin recipe(s) and be sure to stop back and vote for your favorite this weekend (voting closes Sunday night)!

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26 comments on "Pumpkin & Black Bean Chili"
  1. Looks absolutely divine! I can't wait to try out this recipe. I'm a new follower that found you at Tip Junkie's link party. Megan

  2. This is getting saved for sure! Mr. B loves black beans, I love pumpkin and we both love chili! Thanks for sharing this at the party! I'll be featuring this on my Facebook page too :-)

  3. I <3 black bean chili - I'll have to try pumpkin now! :) This post has been shared through buffer broadcasted to over 800 Twitter and Facebook followers. I hope you have a wonderful day!

    Katie Pea

  4. We adore chili - and are definitely going to try this yummy recipe! I've never heard of adding pumpkin to it, so I'm anxious to see how it changes the taste! Plus it's so healthy! :)

    xoxo laurie

  5. I have black bean chili on the menu for Thursday. I will have to try your recipe! It looks good.

    I am now following your blog and your facebook page.

    Cynthia at Feeding Big

  6. This is my first visit here to your lovely blog. I would of never thought of putting pumpkin into chili!! Can't wait to try it.
    Laurie @ Pride in Photos

  7. I love your recipe! Thank you for sharing it with us at Cast Party Wednesday! ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

  8. Hi Kelly,
    Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. I love chili! Might have to try this out tomorrow, it's getting cold here in the Midwest! Stephanie

  10. This looks and sounds so yummy. I've been trying to decide what to do with the pumpkins I grew this year. The problem is that most of the ideas are for treats. I love that this is a meal. I had to pin it also.


  11. Yum! Looks delicious!


  12. We love chili, especially on cold fall mornings! I would never have thought to include pumpkin. Thanks for the recipe!

  13. LOL. Make that 'cold fall evenings.' :-)

  14. Shared this yummy bowl of goodness on my COM-FB page. Hugs, jen

  15. I definitely want to try this!! Thanks for visiting and linking up at Romance on a dime.

  16. Oh, my! This looks so good! Will have to save this. Thank you for sharing. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/10/make-it-pretty-monday-week-20.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  17. Pinned this! Looks so good. I love that it can be vegan or vegetarian and not cut out on the flavour! I will let you know how we like it!

  18. Featuring YOU today! Thanks so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday!

    Ginger @ GingerSnapCrafts.com


  19. Wow, this looks AMAZING. I never would have thought to use pumpkin in a chili but this just looks and sound wonderful.I'll have to try this one day. I will be featuring it on my blog this weekend. Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!


  20. Congrats! Your super yummy Pumpkin Black Bean Chili got featured in our Feature Friday Post. Thank you so much for sharing it this past week in our Saturday Showcase.

    Here is your feature: http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/10/26/feature-friday-bowdabra-top-crafty-showcase-picks-20/

    Our new linky is open unti Thur. noon! Stop on in and share more of your awesome ideas! http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/10/27/saturday-showcase-craft-project-linky-4/

    We are also going to invite you to our exclusive Feature Friday Bloggers Pinterest Board! We hope you join in the fun! You can pin anything you want so we can repin and keep up with all the fun you post on your blog.

    Have a great week!
    Susie @Bowdabra

  21. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  22. Just made this tonight and had to let you know how much we enjoyed it. YUM As my hubby said "That's a keeper!". Thank you so much for sharing.

  23. Love the look of this - haven't had chill in years and so this is a great excuse to get back into the pot! Great idea with the pumpkin. My kids would adore this - thanks for the inspiration!

  24. I made this last week and posted your link on my blog. Yum! Thanks.