Week 5: Chili – Turkey and Pumpkin

Reddit does a 52 week Cooking Challenge wherein each week “we will challenge ourselves to cook with a new ingredient or theme and share pictures of the results.”

Week 5 (last week of January) was Chili, and I decided to make the Trader Joe’s Fall Pumpkin Chili that my daughter and son-in-law introduced me to about 18 months ago when I lived with them in WA. It’s definitely “different” as far as chili goes. The spousal unit seemed to enjoy it since he finished off the leftovers.


Here’s my modified version of the recipe:

1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 White Onion, diced
2 cloves Garlic, diced
2 pkg (2+ lbs) Ground Turkey
1 can Diced & No Salt Added Tomatoes
2 cans Pumpkin
1 can Kidney Beans, drained
1 can Whole Kernel Corn, drained
1 Bell Pepper (Orange or Red)
2 tsp Sea Salt
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper (or more, to taste)

In a large skillet, sauté onions and bell peppers in olive oil until onions are translucent and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and stir for about 30 seconds. Add in ground turkey and continue sautéing until turkey is browned. Drain excess oil, then transfer mixture to a large (4 quart or more) sauce pan. Stir in tomatoes, pumpkin, beans, corn and spices. Bring to a boil, stirring regularly. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve with sour cream, cheese, and cilantro as garnish; and corn bread.