Recipe Exchange: Black Bean Pumpkin Chili

I have to be completely honest.  I was reluctant to try this recipe. I wasn’t sure about the combination of pumpkin and black beans, and I really didn’t want to be disappointed.  But, following the rules of the recipe exchange, I made it, and it was delicious!  My one complaint is that it was a little too liquid for my taste, but my husband easily remedied that by mixing his with rice.  

I cheated a tiny bit – I left out the chicken broth and turkey in the original recipe  because we are not eating meat this week (big overdose last weekend in San Francisco – totally delicious, but we need some recovery time).  

I really couldn’t taste the pumpkin, but the spicing was good and it was quite an enjoyable bowl of chili, topped with a nice dollop of sour cream.

(from Taste of Home)
1 med onion, chopped
1 med yellow bell pepper, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cans (15oz each) black beans, rinsed and drained 
1 can (15-oz)solid pack pumpkin
1 can (14.5 oz)diced tomatoes undrained
2 tbsp chopped parsley
2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
(I added about 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper for a little spiciness)

In large skillet saute onion, pepper, and garlic in the olive oil until tender. Transfer to 5 qt slow cooker, stir in remaining ingredients.
Cover cook on low for 4-5 hrs or until heated through. 
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7 Responses to “Recipe Exchange: Black Bean Pumpkin Chili”


  1. 1 Katie October 24, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Good to know! I’d be hesitant too, but I think I may try it now that you said it was so good!!

  2. 2 Kayla October 24, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Yay, I’m glad you liked it! I was a little afraid too when I was sending you the recipe but maybe I’ll try it too now 🙂

  3. 3 Steph October 24, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    I think I would love beans and chili together! That is such a good idea!

  4. 4 Maria October 24, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Interesting combo…but I will have to try it! I am liking pumpkin in everything these days:)

  5. 5 Vera October 24, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Sounds like a perfect comfort food to me, Cate!

  6. 6 Mike Melton October 24, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    This picture totally looks like Mince with whipped cream. Can I send you a Mince Pie recipe for the next recipe exchange?

  7. 7 Kelsey November 7, 2008 at 1:59 am

    This looks great, Cate! Thanks for the commentary on it. I will definitely take the plunge and make this.


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