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Slow Cooker Black Bean Quinoa Pumpkin Chicken Chili

Comforting pumpkin chicken chili with black beans and quinoa! A protein-packed delicious dinner that can be made in your slow cooker. Freezer-friendly too!
Course Chili, Dairy Free, Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch
Keyword pumpkin chicken chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 320 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 white onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups water (or low sodium chicken broth)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs (can also use chicken breast)


  1. Place olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Once oil is hot, add in garlic, onion, jalapeno and red bell pepper; stir and saute for 2 minutes or until onions begin to soften, then transfer to a slow cooker.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker: crushed tomatoes, water (or broth), pumpkin puree, black beans, quinoa salt, chili powder, cumin, oregano and cayenne pepper. Stir until well combined, then add chicken. Cover and cook for 6-7 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high. 
  3. Once done cooking, remove chicken with a slotted spoon and shred with two forks, then transfer shredded chicken back to slow cooker. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.
  4. 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 or white cheddar!). Makes 6 servings. Double the recipe for a crowd!
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Black Bean Quinoa Pumpkin Chicken Chili
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 320 Calories from Fat 68
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.6g12%
Saturated Fat 1.6g10%
Carbohydrates 41.8g14%
Fiber 10.8g45%
Sugar 9.2g10%
Protein 31.5g63%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.