This healthy slow cooker black bean pumpkin turkey chili is bursting with sweet & spicy flavors thanks to a hint of maple, cinnamon, chili powder & cayenne!
Oh hi there! Sorry about the mini blogging absence. Two weeks ago I was in Austin for the Austin City Limits music festival — we had the best time to jamming out to Mumford and Sons, Mike Snow & Atlas Genius. Thank you for all of your food recommendations too; they were spot on and delicious. We especially loved Lick ice cream. They had plenty of dairy free options — the sweet potato pie was a fav!
This past weekend one of my best friends came to visit us in Chicago so we had a girl’s weekend full of food, cocktails and outrageous laughter. Plenty of college stories came up too — stories too embarrassing to write about. Food wise, we ended up at Mott St., Arbella and Baker Miller. And because of this weekend, I now have a favorite new-to-me restaurant called Gather. I really can’t say enough good things about it!
Since I’ve been traveling and not getting enough sleep over the past few weeks, I came down with a cold, which has now turned into a raging sinus infection. Oh joy — aren’t those fun? It’s left me with puffy eyes and extreme exhaustion. Whomp whomp.
Good thing we’ve got this pumpkin turkey chili that’s both sweet and spicy. It’ll help make me feel better, I’m sure of it. Pumpkin cures all.
This post comes to you in partnership with my besties over at Peapod, who asked me to share a simple but absolutely delicious slow cooker recipe with you! So of course, I took my favorite healthy turkey chili recipe and switched it up a little with pumpkin, cayenne, cinnamon and a hint of maple. Er muhhh gawd, it’s gooooddd. Especially with cornbread.
The pumpkin is really lovely addition and creates an uber creamy texture to the chili. Plus, you loads of vitamin A & C & that crazy good fiber. I love enjoying this chili with sharp cheddar cheese, greek yogurt and crunchy tortilla chips.
To make it for meal prep
Simply divide into individual glass or BPA free containers, top with cheddar cheese and place in the fridge until ready to reheat!
Enjoy! If you make this recipe, I’d love to see your creation — simply upload a pic to Instagram and tag #ambitiouskitchen!
- Serves: 4 servings
- Serving size: 1/4th of recipe (about 2 cups of chili)
- Calories: 368
- Fat: 6.2g
- Saturated fat: 1.1g
- Carbohydrates: 41.8g
- Sugar: 12.9g
- Fiber: 12.3g
- Protein: 37.6g
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound extra lean ground turkey (99%)
- 1 medium white onion, chopped
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon red cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (or brown sugar)
- 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes (preferably no salt added)
- 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree (or 1 3/4 cup fresh pumpkin puree)
- 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- To garnish: cilantro, sour cream (or greek yogurt), guacamole and cheddar cheese
- Place olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Once oil is hot, add in onion, jalapenos and garlic. Stir and cook 2 minutes, then add in turkey, gently breaking up the meat and cooking until brown (about 5 minutes). Add all of the spices to meat: chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, cloves, salt and pepper. Stir to combine and cook 30 seconds longer then transfer to a slow cooker.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker: maple syrup, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, pumpkin puree and black beans. Stir until well combined. Cover and cook for 6-7 hours on low or 2-3 hours on high.
- Once chili is done, distribute into bowls (or do a meal prep) and top with fixin's such as cilantro, greek yogurt and cheddar cheese. (It's really, really good with a sharp cheddar!). Makes 4 servings. Double the recipe for a crowd!
This recipe is in partnership with Peapod, a brand I trust. Thanks for supporting brands that help make this site possible! You can see more of my recipes on FromthePod.com.