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No Bean Turkey Pumpkin Chili

This one pot no bean turkey pumpkin chili is a bowl of cozy deliciousness made with ground turkey, canned pumpkin, peppers and no beans. It’s gluten free, dairy free and you can top it with avocado slices for a meal that perfect for the colder months!

Fall is a magical time in Chicago where the streets turn crispy with different colored leaves under your feet and the golden sunshine glistens off the pumpkins lining cozy brownstones. It’s the seemingly never ending winters that come after glorious fall that make us all wonder why we live here and a little stir crazy from being inside too much! Enter this cozy cold weather recipe for no bean turkey pumpkin chili that is definite crowd pleaser!

no bean turkey pumpkin chili

To combat the winter drab and fuel my busy workweeks I like a hearty one pot meal to grab out of the fridge like this recipe for no bean turkey pumpkin chili. A warming bowl is so nice to come home to after being out in the cold and it’s totally acceptable to use tortilla chips as a vehicle to get more of this chili in your mouth!

This no bean turkey pumpkin chili is packed with extra veggies like canned tomatoes, peppers, and my trick for even more nutrition is to add a cup of spinach once it’s done cooking or serve it on a bed of arugula. The peppery arugula adds a nice bite!

What I also like about this no bean turkey pumpkin chili is that the leftovers taste even better than the first bowl. The flavors really intermix after a day, making it a great go-to for lunch or dinner for the next couple of days. This recipe only requires one pot to make and is high in protein, fiber and vitamins and minerals from all the added vegetables. Add beans if you would like OR substitute the ground turkey for quinoa for a vegetarian version.

Here I put the chili into a pepper, what I call a “pepperwich!” To learn about what a “pepperwich” actually is and how to make one yourself, be sure to check out this post!

no bean turkey pumpkin chili

If you’re looking for more cozy recipes involving pumpkin or butternut squash, be sure to check out this one for Thai butternut squash soup and this plant based recipe for butternut squash quinoa chili!

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No Bean Turkey Pumpkin Chili

  • Author: Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 servings


Warm up with a bowl of this nutritious no bean pumpkin turkey chili! It’s packed with protein and fiber and is made in one pot for easy clean up! Get creative with fun healthy toppings like greens, avocado or yogurt. 


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil 
  • 1⅓ pounds ground turkey or chicken (90 to 93 percent lean)
  • 1 14-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced 
  • 1 medium bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange), diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1 28-ounce can diced fire roasted tomatoes with liquid
  • ¼ cup tomato paste, no salt added
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice 
  • 2½ tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)

Optional Toppings: 

  • high protein, low sugar yogurt
  • sliced avocado
  • micro greens
  • cilantro
  • pumpkin seeds
  • hot sauce 
  • cheddar cheese 



  1. Coat a large pot or Dutch oven with olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion and bell pepper and sauté, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, or until the onion softens.
  3. Add the garlic, stir everything together, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the ground turkey and use a spatula to break up the meat as it cooks. Continue to cook about 6 to 7 minutes, until fully cooked.
  5. Add pumpkin puree, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, broth, chili powder, cocoa powder, pumpkin pie spice, cumin, black pepper, and cayenne pepper, and stir.
  6. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Enjoy the chili with toppings such as avocado, greens, yogurt, pumpkin seeds or cheese! 
  8. Store in the fridge for up to a week. 



Feel free to add beans like black beans or white beans if you’re a fan. They will add more plant based protein and fiber to every bite! 



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