Sunday, October 4, 2009

Pumpkin Turkey Chili

The cool fall air puts me in the mood for fall comfort foods, and one of the first I think of is a big bowl of chili. This recipe is particularly handy when you have a little leftover canned ( or baked and pureed fresh) pumpkin. The amount you add is flexible, and the pumpkin, plus the spices, make a taste a bit like the famous Cincinnati Chili. You can even serve it over pasta, if you'd like.

I served mine over a corn waffle from Ms. Julie's Kitchen, that I purchased at the farmer's market. Look for Ms. Julie's food truck in downtown Akron in the next week or so with healthy, tasty lunch items. (check out the cool video link)

I squirreled away several containers in the freezer; the recipe makes a lot, and it freezes perfectly. This was one of my most popular recipes among my personal chef clients the last few fall seasons.

Pumpkin Turkey Chili

2 lbs of ground turkey (I prefer the mixture of dark and light)
2 T olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 small, or 1/2 large green bell pepper, diced (poblano would be awesome as well)
1 48 oz can of tomato or vegetable juice
1 28 oz can of good quality diced tomatoes, with the juice
2 15 oz cans of kidney beans, or black beans, rinsed and drained
1 T pumpkin pie spice
2 T (or more to taste) of chili powder

Saute diced onion in hot oil in large dutch oven for a few minutes until softened. Add green pepper and saute a few more minutes til softened. Add ground turkey, break up with a wooden spoon, and thoroughly cook. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce to simmer, and simmer at least an hour.

*Tip: To quickly cool down chili, stew, and soup, pour into shallow containers (I used a 15" glass baking dish for this recipe) placed on to top of an ice blanket, and stir a few times until it cools down. Package in individual containers for the frig and freezer. Putting a large container of hot food in your frig will raise the temp of your frig and the food in it)

1 comment:

  1. The pumpkin pie dip sounds fabulous! I have made just about pumpkin everything, this is a new one for me. I just might have to post it on my blog. Thanks for the idea.


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