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One Pot Beanless Pumpkin Chili

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    A beanless pumpkin chili made with lean ground beef and tons of spices for the perfect comfort food dish.


    It’s soup season…or in today’s instance, it’s chili season! As the weather gets chilly, let us make chili! 

    I always stock up on canned pumpkin during the start of fall and love having it on hand to make soups, chilis, and baked goods with! When buying canned pumpkin make sure you buy 100% pumpkin puree instead of pumpkin pie filling! 

    Tips for Making a GREAT Chili:

    • Saute the onions and peppers first, we want them to be really translucent and tender so we’re not crunching into vegetables when we’re eating our chili
    • Then brown the meat so the meat absorbs the flavor from the onions
    • Add the spices directly on top of the browned meat, again so the meat absorbs the flavors (there’s nothing worse than bland dry meat!)

    Is the pumpkin flavor overpowering?

    You can’t really taste the pumpkin, unless you add a ton of pumpkin pie spice. In this recipe we use about 1 tablespoon to enhance the flavor but not make it too overpowering. The use of pumpkin in this chili is to thicken it up and provide a nice creamy texture.

    onions peppers and meat cooked in a large pot

    What Ingredients are Needed for One Pot Beanless Pumpkin Chili?

    Pumpkin: One can of pumpkin puree, be sure it's pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling! Also, you can 100% roast your own pumpkins and use the filling from a fresh pumpkin.

    Ground Beef: 85% or higher lean ground beef.

    Crushed Tomatoes: One 28oz can of crushed tomatoes. If you like a little heat in your chili, opt for fire roasted tomatoes - my personal favorite!

    Spices: A mixture of pumpkin pie spice, chili powder, cayenne powder, garlic powder, cumin, and red pepper flakes.

    Yellow Onion: One half a medium yellow onion diced up really small and cooked until translucent.

    Red Bell Pepper: One medium red bell pepper. Can be swapped for orange or yellow.

    Olive Oil

    Salt and Pepper

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    How to Make One Pot Beanless Pumpkin Chili

    Saute the Veggies and Meat: In a large pot or dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute the onions and peppers and sprinkle with a dash of salt and pepper. Stir frequently.

    Once the veggies have reached a translucent/tenderness (aka softened) push them aside and add the ground beef to the pot.

    Saute the ground beef until it's browned and cooked all the way through. 

    Sprinkle the spices (pumpkin pie, chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, cumin, and red pepper flakes) onto the ground beef mixture and stir to coat. Let simmer for approx. 2 minutes.

    Prepare the Liquids: Meanwhile, stir one beef bouillon packet  in 1 cup of boiling water until fully dissolved. 

    Combine & Cook: Turn heat up to medium high. Add the crushed tomatoes, canned pumpkin, and beef bouillon water to the pot. Stir to combine.

    Allow mixture to come to a soft bubble, then cover and let simmer on low heat for 25-30 minutes to allow the flavors to absorb.

    Serve: Ladle into individual bowls and top with optional toppings like shredded cheese, a dollop of greek yogurt, or fresh chives.

    chili in bowls

    One Pot Beanless Pumpkin Chili

    A beanless pumpkin chili made with lean ground beef and tons of spices for the perfect comfort food dish.


    Prep time: 10 min |

    Cook time: 45 min |

    Total time: 55 min

    Cuisine: American |

    Serves: 4-6

    Ingredients:

    • 1 tbsp, olive oil
    • ½ yellow onion, chopped small
    • 1 red bell pepper, chopped small
    • 1 packet (4g), beef bouillon
    • 1 cup, boiling water
    • 1 lb, 85% lean ground beef
    • 28oz, crushed tomatoes
    • 15oz, canned pumpkin
    • 1 tbsp, pumpkin pie spice
    • 1 tbsp, chili powder
    • 1 tsp, cayenne pepper
    • 1 tsp, garlic powder
    • 1 tsp, cumin
    • Dash of red pepper flakes
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • Optional toppings: fresh chives, shredded cheese, sour cream/greek yogurt, crushed tortilla chips, red pepper flakes 

    Directions:

    1. In a large pot or dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute the onions and peppers and sprinkle with a dash of salt and pepper. Stir frequently.
    2. Once the veggies have reached a translucent/tenderness (aka softened) push them aside and add the ground beef to the pot.
    3. Saute the ground beef until it's browned and cooked all the way through. 
    4. Sprinkle all the spices (pumpkin pie spice through red pepper flakes) onto the ground beef mixture and stir to coat. Let simmer for approx. 2 minutes.
    5. Meanwhile, stir one beef bouillon packet in 1 cup of boiling water until fully dissolved. 
    6. Turn heat up to medium high. Add the crushed tomatoes, canned pumpkin, and beef bouillon water to the pot. Stir to combine.
    7. Allow mixture to come to a soft bubble, then cover and let simmer on low heat for 25-30 minutes to allow the flavors to absorb.
    8. Ladle into individual bowls and top with optional toppings like shredded cheese, a dollop of greek yogurt, or fresh chives.
    Notes:
    1. Pro tip: use scoop-shaped tortilla chips to scoop the soup into your mouth, adding a delicious crunch factor! OR crush up some chips to use as a topping. The more toppings on chili the merrier!
    2. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

    Nutrition Facts

    Serving Size ~1.5 cups

    Serves 4-5


    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 328
    Total Fat 17g
      Saturated Fat 6g
      Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 60mg
    Sodium 688mg
    Total Carbohydrate 23g
      Dietary Fiber 7g
      Sugars 11g
    Protein 19g

     

    Find on MyFitnessPal as: TWW - One Pot Beanless Pumpkin Chili


    Author: Christine

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    Course: Main Entrees

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    Cuisine: American

    Keywords: Chili, Pumpkin Chili, One Pot Meals


    Ratings and reviews (4)

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    Josie
    1 month, 1 week ago

    This is delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Christine | The Wellness Walnut 1 month, 1 week ago

    you're welcome!

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    jimmy
    1 month, 1 week ago

    i want some please

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    Christine | The Wellness Walnut 1 month, 1 week ago

    you got it!

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    Jenna
    1 month, 1 week ago

    Oooh yummy! This beanless pumpkin chili is a perfect Fall weeknight meal. I bet it’s even tastier heated the next day. 😊 Thanks for sharing!

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    Christine | The Wellness Walnut 1 month, 1 week ago

    It gets thicker the next day! So good!

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    Hanna
    1 month, 3 weeks ago

    This is insanely good! It’s so flavorful and perfect for this fall season!

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