I PROMISE. There is pumpkin in there. :)
With the cooler weather this weekend, I was craving a soup. Or a stew. Or a chili. *ding ding ding* But I wanted to mix things up and try something a bit different than my vegetarian, three-bean chili with chocolate syrup. (And I just realized I have never posted the recipe for that. How silly of me!)
I was pleased when I came across a recipe for Pumpkin Chili. It turned out DELIGHTFUL: half-gourmet, half-cowboy, and 100% autumnal. Let me know what you think!
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1/3-1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 to 1 lb. ground beef or turkey
2 cups tomatoes, chopped
1-4 oz. can green chilies
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup pumpkin puree
dash each: cinnamon, ground cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and ginger
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. fennel seeds, crushed
2+ Tbsp. chili powder
1-15 oz. can black beans, rinsed
sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese
-Saute bell pepper, onion, celery, and garlic for about 5 minutes.
-Add ground meat and cook until done.
-Add tomatoes and green chilies and simmer for 5 minutes.
-Mix in broth, pumpkin, spices, and beans.
-Simmer for 20 minutes.
-Top with shredded cheddar and sour cream.