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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 211.7
  • Total Fat: 8.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 284.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 16.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5.0 g
  • Protein: 18.2 g

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Unique Healthy Chili

Submitted by: LONGWAY2GO

Introduction

This chili recipe has a unique ingredient, by adding pumpkin (you never know it's there) you add more vitamins and fiber. This chili recipe has a unique ingredient, by adding pumpkin (you never know it's there) you add more vitamins and fiber.
Number of Servings: 6

Ingredients

    1 tbsp vegetable oil
    1 cup chopped onion
    1 cup chopped green pepper
    1 tsp minced garlic
    1 lb ground turkey
    1 (14.5 oz) canned diced tomatoes
    1 can pumpkin puree
    1-1/2 tbsp chili powder
    1 tsp cumin
    1/2 tsp pepper
    1 tbsp granulated beef bullion
    1 dash salt
    1 can chili beans
    1 cup water

Directions

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and saute' the onion, bell pepper, and garlic until tender.
Stir in the turkey, and cook until evenly brown.
Mix in tomatoes, pumpkin and chili beans.
Stir in beef bullion and water.
Season with chili powder, cumin, pepper, and salt.
Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes or put in slow cooker.
If desired service with shredded cheddar cheese.


Number of Servings: 6

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user LONGWAY2GO.






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  • 10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    love it! if you have cavemen in your home who think that they are mega meat eaters, try grinding mushrooms up in your food processor and adding it to the chilli . It has the same texture as ground meat. - 8/26/08

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  • Very Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    My husband & I got in an argument at the store when I told him there was pumpkin in the chili (he's not a pumpkin fan) but he had 2 helpings & said it was the best chili he's ever had! So thank you for helping me cook healthier! - 10/4/10

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I loved this chili! The pumpkin gives it a rich color, the chili is thick like I like it, and you can't taste the pumpkin. It seems so nutritious! - 5/14/09

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This was fabulous! I didn't use plain pepper, though. I used cayenne pepper and it was plenty spicy that way! DH NEVER knew there was pumpkin in it and he LOVED this chili! It's possibly the best chili recipe we've tried- and it's a keeper!! - 8/28/08

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  • 4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This recipe was great will defintely make this again - 12/19/10

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I loved this Chili. I was hesitant at first because of the pumpkin but reviews were great so I thought i'd try it. I followed it to the letter (except used yellow peppers instead of green because that is what I had) and it was perfect. My husband even liked it and he doesn't usually like my chili - 11/23/10

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I really like the taste of this chili! I was concerned when I threw everything into the crockput that it looked a little pitiful. After cooking on low for 6 hours, the taste is really good. The pumpkin adds a nice color, while the turkey soaks up the beef flavor. Easy to modify for your own tastes. - 11/11/10

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  • 4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This is DELICIOUS! I will make it so often. I swapped out some of the tomatoes for salsa, used carrots instead of green peppers, and substituted butternut squash for the pumpkin. I didn't know what chili beans are so I used black beans. YUM! - 6/2/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    It was great, I used ground venison in place of the turkey, but still wonderful! - 11/28/10

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Excellent!
    For the person that wanted a subsitute for beef stock try vegtable it workd great... - 8/26/08

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I have been doing this for ever. Pureed carrots work well. Pumpkin was less expensive, not now though. Now I use carrots, they also disappear and thicken but cost less Cook up plenty of them and add them to soups or stews they work well for me. - 3/4/11

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    i will add beef broth instead of builon and more spices at the end of slow cooker next time...yummy... - 3/4/11

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    How much is in each serving? I just made this for dinner tonight, and when I first started putting it together I thought to myself "what I have done?" But then I got the spices added in and it was amazing. Next time I'm going to add some Jalapenio Peppers for some kick but other than that YUMMY! - 10/22/10

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  • 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I loved it. I added cayenne pepper for a little more heat and instead of using bullion and water, I substituted fat free low sodium beef broth. Will also try adding jalapenos next time. - 2/10/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Yummy. This recipe is delicious! I used frozen pumpkin that I crushed into puree.

    I also use organic no sodium bullion for low sodium content!
    Thank you for this recipe!! - 11/12/09

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  • Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I made this chili for a chili cookoff at work. I didn't win, but that's OK. I got to take home the leftovers, which made about three meals for me. It is good--but I think that I will experiment with the ingredients to suit my own taste. I prefer a more spicey chili. The pumpkin added a nice texture! - 11/4/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    A great flavor no sign of pumpkin once spices are added. It was more like a stoup than a soup. I increased water to 3 cups. this made 8 1 cup servings - 10/14/08

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This is great! I made a batch for lunches this week with a couple of modifications based on what I had on hand and what sounded good.

    I used frozen squash instead of pumpkin, 1 box. I also chopped up a jalapeno and tossed that in with the veggies and I added a tbsp of cocoa powder. Very very good - 9/2/08

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! The pumpkin adds something special but you would never be able to guess what it was. This recipe yeilds 8 cups so I froze a bunch of it for later too! - 8/28/08

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    It tasted wonderful and was very quick and easy. My boyfriend was impressed and wants to know when we can have it again. - 8/27/08

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I think this is great. I would definitely make it again. - 8/26/08

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  • 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    For those wondering about beef boullion alternatives, you can also get vegetable boullion. Knorr makes it, though it can be hard to find. Whole Foods usually carries one by Rapunzel, and many small organic/health stores sell it as powder in bulk. - 8/26/08

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    A great way to use up leftover cans of pumpkin puree! Tastes great! The pumpkin thickens it up. - 8/26/08

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I've made this and you never know the pumpkin is in it. It's delicious. - 8/26/08

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This chili is great. I had it today for lunch, and it was perfect! - 2/12/08

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    WOW!!! This had the perfect amount of spice and you could not taste the pumpkin at all. It gave it a thicker consistancy than most chilis, but it came out very well.

    My husband loved it and never would have known it was healthy (or what was in it) if I wouldn't have told him.
    - 1/10/08

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Good. - 3/4/11

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Loved how the pumpkin thickened this! Made a double batch & brought it to a tailgate - everyone loved it & was amazed that there was pumpkin in it. I did add more spices & some cumin - but it still seemed to be missing something - maybe paprika? I'll hafta experiment the next time I make it! - 9/29/08

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    i thought it was very good. but spicy next time i'm useing less cummin and chili powder. - 9/17/08

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    now that sounds good....can u use it without the turkey and the beef boulin? - 9/3/08

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I make a vegetarian chili and cant wait to put pumpkin in it! Thank you!! - 8/26/08

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    oooh this sounds good. What can I add in the place of the beef bouillion, does anyone know a good substitute? - 8/26/08

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    how large of a can of pumpkin puree this sounds delicious! - 8/26/08

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    MAGIK0731-instead of beef bullion, you can use vegetable stock and omit the water. OR you can add a can of condensed cream of celery soup (or cream of mushroom) ALSO, they have garlic "bullion" cubes. - 8/26/08

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  • Very Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I would add the pumpkin or other squash but in cubes rather than pureed. Also pump up the spice a bit, love hot chilis!...MJ - 8/26/08

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I LOVE THIS CHILLI, AND WITH WINTER COMING SOON, I WILL BE MAKING THIS ALOT! - 8/26/08

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  • This has been one of my go-to ot luck recipes and it has been well received every time. - 1/14/14

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  • I see that it makes 6 servings, but how much is one serving? One cup? Just wanted to make sure I was measuring out servings appropriately. There are only two of us so I wouldn't be using all 6 servings at once. - 12/31/13

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  • This was so delicious and very filling! This is hands down my favorite chili recipe, and so healthy with the pumpkin! You can't even taste it, even my husband loved this recipe and he is strictly a meat and potatoes guy. Highly recommend this. - 9/16/13

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  • Very filling and good. Thank you! - 5/4/13

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  • I really liked this quite a lot and I didn't think I would. Lots of room for adjusting to taste. What really shocked me was that no one suspected the meat was turkey meat (I usually can and even I didn't notice it with this recipe). - 4/22/12

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  • Did you figure the nutrition facts without the turkey? A lb of turkey has 84 grams of cholesterol, so divided by 6 servings is 14 grams of cholesterol per serving. - 4/21/12

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  • Love this recipe. - 2/19/12

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  • my family and I loved this chili. - 11/26/11

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  • My hubby cannot eat peppers, but can tolerate chili powder. This recipe didn't need the green pepper to taste great. I did substitute ground pork for the turkey, and black beans for the chili beans, since that is what I had on hand. Definitely will stay on my winter menu list! - 11/2/11

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  • Great stuff - I used Rotel tomatoes!!! - 10/25/11

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  • Delicious! I was leery of adding the pumpkin, but you can't taste it. It gives the chili a beautiful dark orange-brown color. I added an additional cup of water and a handful of wild brown rice. This will be my new go-to chili recipe. - 6/6/11

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  • I didnt actually make your recipe, I added pumpkin to mine--which isnt that different. Great idea! Gave it a nice texture, added nutrition and tastes great! - 3/18/11

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  • This is such a good recipe. I made over the weekend. It has great flavor, is a good consistancy, and the flavor is wonderful. I took a little bowl over to my daughters home and had everyone sample without telling them the contents. They were all amazed when I told the the ingredients. - 3/8/11

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  • I would use navy beans instead of chilis and add more spices and some heat. - 3/5/11

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  • This chili is great and I love pumpkin. - 3/4/11

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  • How interesting........I love pumpkin and will try this. - 3/4/11

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    sounds easy and good. ty - 3/4/11

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Can I do this in a crock pot? Also how about a chunk of fresh pumpkin (I live in Israel where this is more common)_and maybe some shug to spice it up a bit - 3/4/11

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    sounds good - 8/26/08

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    As it is getting chillier out there, shall give it a try as it sounds great and thank you for sharing. - 8/26/08

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  • Good
    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Sounds good I needed a good turkey chili recipe. - 8/26/08

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This sounds really good. I'm going to give it a try this winter. Thank you for sharing.
    GloBug - 8/26/08

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Sounds a lot like the chili I make except never added pumpkin to it. I'm going to try it next time. GREAT idea! - 8/26/08

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  • Very Good
    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    What a great idea...had a can left over from last year, so... and it will soon be time to stock up on this year's remnants, will get a few more, just for this and variations on it. But had to add a lot more spices and a couple of peppers (I can never seem to find tabascos, so had to use Hatch's...). - 8/26/08

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