Turkey Black Bean Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin isn’t just for pies! If you crave all things pumpkin, or just want to try a chili recipe with a little flair, try this Turkey Black Bean Pumpkin Chili. It’s sweet, savory and spicy all at the same time.

Turkey Black Bean Pumpkin Chili in mini cast iron pots surrounded by naan bread

‘Tis the season. The season of Pumpkin Spices Lattes, or PSL if you’re hipper than me. I’m definitely not hip and get anxiety if I have to try and order a coffee drink that’s more than involved than a cappuccino. What I do know is pumpkin is EVERY where right now. Don’t believe me, pop over to PINTEREST and take a peek. I’m betting you may just have a can or two of pumkin puree in your pantry.

If you do and you’re not ready to make COOKIES just get, might I suggest making this chili. It’s made using ground turkey so it’s on the leaner side. It’s beefed up with black beans and a slew of spices, because spice is oh so nice, and the star, pumpkin.

Turkey Black Bean Pumpkin Chili in mini cast iron pots Pumpkin Puree or Pumpkin Pie Mix?

There is a difference, we do not want this chili to taste like a pie so whatever you do, do not use a can of pumpkin pie mix. You’ll need a can of Pumpkin PUREE. Crisis averted.

Turkey Black Bean Pumpkin Chili in mini cast iron potsWhat beans are best with chili?


I’m team beans in all my chili recipes. As goofy as that sounds, a good rule of thumb, is pinto beans work for both red and white chilis. Kidney beans and black beans for red chilis and Northern and navy for white chilis. A good, firm bean is important so that it doesn’t disintegrate during the cooking process. No one wants soggy beans in their chili.

That said, don’t be afraid to mix the beans up. We’ve used black beans in this recipe but you could do half black beans and half kidney beans.

Turkey Black Bean Pumpkin Chili in small cast iron potsWhat condiments go with chili?

That my dears is up to you. I like to eat my chili over RICE, yes rice. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. I grew up eating it that way and I’ll continue eating it that way.


Turkey Black Bean Pumpkin Chili in mini cast iron pots

Other options to consider would be:

  • grated cheddar cheese
  • sour cream or Mexican crema
  • naan bread or corn bread
  • scallions
  • fresh cilantro (because team cilantro forever and ever amen).



Turkey Black Bean Pumpkin Chili in small cast iron pots surrounded by naan bread and a scooper of chili

No matter what you finish off your chili with I hope you’ll consider giving this Turkey Black Bean Pumpkin Chili a try!

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Yield: 4

Turkey Black Bean Pumpkin Chili

Turkey Black Bean Pumpkin Chili is sweet, savory and spicy.


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion – minced
  • 1 large red bell pepper - chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cloves – ground
  • 1 cup water
  • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes - undrained
  • 15 ounces pumpkin purée
  • 15 ounces black beans - rinsed and drained


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onion and bell pepper. Cook until tender, stirring frequently.
  2. Add turkey and cook until browned.
  3. Add all spices. Mix to combine. Add: water, tomatoes, pumpkin. Mix to combine.
  4. Reduce heat to medium low, add beans. Mix to combine.
  5. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20-30 minutes.


Optional garnishes:

Mexican Crema, sour cream, cilantro, grated cheese, naan bread, rice.

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  1. 1

    I am posting a chili recipe this week as well! Yours is gorgeous and so healthy!

  2. 2
    Alexandra /

    This sounds, and looks, delicious! I will definitely be saving this recipe and giving it a go later 🙂 Yum!

  3. 3

    Pumpkin chili? That sounds awesome! I have never had pumpkin in anything that wasn’t sweet. I can’t wait to try a savory dish like this.

  4. 4

    This looks so good! I really need to start making some new fall recipes. I’ve kind of worn out our meal planning go-to’s

  5. 5

    This looks AMAZING!! Thank you for sharing. Just bookmarked to try in our meal prep rotating next week!

  6. 6
    Amanda /

    Perfect healthy meal for those cool fall nights!

  7. 7
    Dee /

    Looks delicious! Definitely making this tonight!

  8. 8

    The addition of pumpkin is interesting. It gives it a sweetness that’s welcomed and unexpected.

  9. 9

    So yummy! I can’t wait to give this recipe a try! I’ll have to try them!

  10. 10

    I love that you added pumpkin to give that extra little bit of flavour. This sounds like such an incredible dish!

  11. 11

    This will quickly become a family favorite! Looks delish!

  12. 12

    This Turkey Black Bean Pumpkin Chili absolutely fantastic! So YUMMY! Is good food and this looks like one of the BEST!

  13. 13

    Mom has seasonal this recipe is! I can’t wait to try it!

  14. 14
    Jess /

    I never thought to use pumpkin in this way. It looks and sounds amazing, thank you for sharing!

  15. 15

    this looks so good! I love all of the different twists you can take with chili and this is one of the most unique ones I’ve seen

  16. 16

    I love making chili when the weather is cold. never tried using pumpkin, but this is an interesting recipe

  17. 17

    Sounds fabulous! I love pumpkin in a savory dish, looks delicious and can’t wait to try it!

  18. 18

    This looks and sounds so gorgeous! I’ll have to give this a try while it’s pumpkin season!

  19. 19
    Victoria @ CrazyCharizma /

    Thank you for this yummy recipe! Planning to try this one at the weekend!

  20. 20

    So beautifully updated evergreen ! Thank you so much !

  21. 21
    Surekha Busa /

    Turkey Black Bean Pumpkin Chili looks really delicious and look so easy to make. My husband will definitely love this recipe.

  22. 22
    Angie /

    This looks so good, I can’t wait to try!

  23. 23

    Looks delicious! . Can’t wait to try these!

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