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.

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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.

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