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No bean pumpkin turkey chili

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Warm up with a bowl of this healthy turkey pumpkin 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. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Servings 4 -5 servings


  • 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
  • tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper optional
  • Optional Toppings:
  • high protein low sugar plain yogurt
  • sliced avocado
  • microgreens
  • cilantro
  • pumpkin seeds
  • hot sauce
  • cheddar cheese


  • Coat a large pot or Dutch oven with olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onion and bell pepper and sauté, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, or until the onion softens.
  • Add the garlic, stir everything together, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • 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.
  • Add pumpkin puree, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, broth, chili powder, cocoa powder, pumpkin pie spice, cumin, black pepper, and cayenne pepper, and stir.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Top with greens, avocado and more and enjoy!
  • Store in the fridge for up to a week. 


Make this chili vegetarian by substituting 2 cans of black beans for the turkey
Keyword pumpkin turkey chili; pumpkin chili