It’s October, and pumpkins are lining everyone’s doorstep. The unfortunate thing is many of these pumpkins are thrown away after rotting in the cold, instead of realizing their full culinary potential. This chili doesn’t just use pumpkin because it’s that time of year and we put pumpkin in everything. The pumpkin adds so much creaminess to this chili, and just the right hint of fall flavor.
Also, don’t let the ingredients list scare you. Most of the list is spices, and you can easily swap all of the spices out for two packets of chili seasoning (won’t be the same, but is easier and still good). If you do that, add one packet when you braise, the other for the final cook.
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Question! A family member made this recipe a few weeks ago and it was SOOO good!! I’ve been dying to make it myself. I really want to make this for a work potluck, but since I’ll be at work, I won’t be able to make it fresh the morning of. Do you see any harm or foul in making it the evening before, putting it in the fridge over night, then warming/reheating in my crockpot the next day? Any suggestions?! Thanks so much
This recipe is great! Such a good combo of spices. I subbed ground turkey for the meat and canned pumpkin for the pie pumpkin – but it still came out lovely. Anyone else who might have budget restrictions might appreciate those subs as well. Thank you for sharing your recipes.
I made this yesterday and it was SO GOOD! The smell while it is cooking is amazing! Such good flavor and consistency. Definitely one of the best chili’s I have ever had. So so good. Thank you for sharing the yummy recipe.
JUST made this and WOW! My fave chili ever. Love using the tri-tip and a pumpkin. Felt like a fancy chili. I used the ancho chili and still wasn’t too spicy. Love love love this recipe! Thank you!
Just made this for the second time since you posted. It’s so good that I’m gonna print it out for my binder of favorites!
I made this for a crowd, so I made 1.5x the recipe. It made PLENTY. I couldn’t find ancho Chile powder so I went without. It was still SO flavorful and delicious. Several of my guests are pretty anti-pumpkin, and they all went back for second helpings!
The flavors are so wonderful! I kind of hate chili but decided to give this a shot. Delicious but holy cannoli the heat!! We like hot food but this was a whole new level. Will try again without the ancho chile powder.
Can you use butternut squash instead of pumpkin? I like that you can buy it cubed already. Would that change the flavor much?
Absolutely delicious! From a food snob who rarely cooks anything from blogs… try it. Seriously it was that good!
This was delicious! Spices were spot on. This just barely fit in my pot but it does make a ton. Perfect for crowds! Thanks!!
I made this tonight for a late supper. I was nervous about ao many spices, but can I just tell you…it’s amazing!!!! The best chili! ????
Ok, I am making this and the braise is in the oven. I’m really worried, though, because I don’t think all of the ingredients for the final cook will fit in this pot! I’m using a 6 qt Dutch oven. Is that too small?
Is it “braised” in a heated oven? At what temp? Or does it just use the heat from searing to sit for 2 hours?
Excited to try this out next Sunday!
Have you tried with canned pumpkin instead? The pumpkins I see at the grocery store are for jack-o-lanterns… not cooking.
This looks amazing! Adding the ingredients to my list!
Do you use carving pumpkins (found everywhere right now) or pie pumpkins for cooking (usually in the produce section of grocery stores)? And if I have neither, can I sub a can of pumpkin puree?
Asking for a friend…
Thanks for sharing! Hearing about your Halloween party chili and cornbread idea last year, I was inspired to give it a try at our house this year. But now with this recipe… I may have to change my game plan. Am I crazy to do this for a crowd? Maybe.
Also any tips on hosting a large gathering? I know you’re skipping the shindig this year but thought you might have a few words of wisdom. Do you guys hide the breakables, designate a bathroom for guests, lock the pets up?
Looks delicious, can’t wait to make it.
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