Pumpkin Chili

Hearty Pumpkin Chili is a delicious, vegetarian dish made in the slow cooker! My family didn’t even miss the meat in this one!

Hearty Pumpkin Chili is a delicious, vegetarian dish made in the slow cooker! My family didn't even miss the meat in this one! #vegetarian #dinner #slowcooker #crockpot

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So my husband and I have this deal that whoever cooks dinner, the other person does the dishes. We’ve been doing this for years. Obviously the kids pitch in too with the dishes, but I’m a little particular about making sure my pots and pans are scrubbed well, so usually the adult does that part.

It’s no secret that I’m a little bit of a cheater. On the days I know it’s his turn to cook, I try to encourage an “easy cleanup” kind of recipe. Oh yeah, grilled cheese and tomato soup sounds amazing, dear. Tacos is a great choice, honey! Or, yep, I’d love cereal for dinner, haha!

But the days I cook? I’ll occasionally go all out for a really nice meal, with homemade bread, and a salad, and don’t forget the fried cinnamon chips to go with the carnitas…you get my drift. And if that isn’t bad enough, I’ll also make a Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake for dessert (and put those dishes in the sink too). Whoops.

Hearty Pumpkin Chili is a delicious, vegetarian dish made in the slow cooker! My family didn't even miss the meat in this one! #vegetarian #dinner #slowcooker #crockpot

Speaking of pumpkin, I always save the little bit from the can when a recipe only calls for a cup or so. I use the leftover in Pumpkin Smoothies (so good!). A few weeks ago I was making a vegetarian chili and thought, why not add the leftover pumpkin to the dish. Truth be told, my husband hates pumpkin, so I added enough to make the chili thicker, but not enough to give it a pumpkin flavor. I love adding veggies in a sneaky way to get those extra vitamins in everyone.

And if you’re wondering about those dishes for my hubby, no worries. This night it was an easy cleanup for him. Everything got tossed into my favorite crockpot (it’s so easy to clean) and he only had one thing to clean. It’s a win-win for all of us!

Hearty Pumpkin Chili is a delicious, vegetarian dish made in the slow cooker! My family didn't even miss the meat in this one! #vegetarian #dinner #slowcooker #crockpot

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Pumpkin Chili

Yield: serves 4-6

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Hearty Pumpkin Chili is a delicious, vegetarian dish made in the slow cooker! My family didn't even miss the meat in this one!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cans (15 oz each) mild chili beans
  • 5 large tomatoes, peeled
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (from a can, not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 5 Tbsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Add everything to your slow cooker. Stir, then cover and turn on low for 6 hours. Before serving, use a fork to break apart the tomatoes if needed. Usually, they will have already done so on their own, but just in case your family doesn't like big chunks you can break them up more!
  2. When ready to serve, enjoy with sour cream (or greek yogurt), shredded cheese, and diced onions. ENJOY!

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Hearty Pumpkin Chili is a delicious, vegetarian dish made in the slow cooker! My family didn't even miss the meat in this one! #vegetarian #dinner #slowcooker #crockpot