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No bean pumpkin turkey chili

No Bean Pumpkin Turkey Chili

  • Author: Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 servings 1x
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: cook or slow cook
  • Cuisine: american

Description

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. 


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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil 
  • 1⅓ pounds ground turkey or chicken (90 to 93 percent lean)
  • 1  can pumpkin puree
  • 1 medium 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 

 


Instructions

  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, tortilla chips or cheese! 
  8. Store in the fridge for up to a week. 

 


Notes

Add beans if you would like OR substitute the ground turkey for quinoa to make this meal vegetarian.