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Slow Cooker Black Bean Pumpkin Turkey Chili

This black bean pumpkin turkey chili is both healthy and bursting with sweet and spicy flavors thanks to a hint of maple syrup, cinnamon, chili powder & cayenne pepper! Perfect for game day or a clean eating meal prep!
Course Chili, Dinner, Easy, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Meal Prep, Slow Cooker, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin turkey chili, slow cooker pumpkin turkey chili
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 368 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 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 ocan diced tomatoes (preferably no salt added)
  • 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ocan pumpkin puree (or 1 3/4 cup fresh pumpkin puree)
  • 1 (15 ocan black beans, rinsed and drained
  • To garnish: cilantro, sour cream (or greek yogurt), guacamole and cheddar cheese


  1. 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).

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. Once chili is done, distribute into bowls (or do a meal preand 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!

Recipe Notes

Recipe can be made in under an hour on the stove top if that's what you're looking for. Follow directions, except cook turkey completely, then add remaining ingredients, stir, bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes!

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Black Bean Pumpkin Turkey Chili
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 368 Calories from Fat 56
% Daily Value*
Fat 6.2g10%
Saturated Fat 1.1g7%
Carbohydrates 41.8g14%
Fiber 12.3g51%
Sugar 12.9g14%
Protein 37.6g75%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.