I could further solidify my basic status by making another pumpkin dessert, but instead I decided it was time to highlight all the health benefits of pumpkin (imagine that!)
Did you know…
- One cup of pure pumpkin has only 49 calories and has three grams of fiber (talk about bang for your buck)
- A cup of pumpkin has more potassium than a banana (perfect for a post-workout snack!)
- Pumpkin is full of vitamin C, so it can help ward of that winter cold we all know is coming for us
- Pumpkins contain the antioxidant beta-carotene, which may play a role in cancer prevention. So, eat up!
I’ve made this chili twice already and I have to say, humbly, of course, that it’s pretty killer.
Not only is it vegan and gluten-free, it’s basically impossible to screw up, pretty darn cheap, and the perfect cozy dish to enjoy during these early days of fall.
Vegan Pumpkin Chili
- 28 oz can pumpkin
- 15 oz can black beans
- 15 oz can cannelini beans
- 15 oz can kidney beans
- 15 oz can tomato sauce
- 28 oz can diced tomatoes
- 2 bell peppers, chopped
- 1 medium white onion, chopped
- 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 tblsp cumin
Combine all the ingredients in a slow cooker and leave on High for four hours. Season with salt to taste (important!)
Optional: serve over whole wheat pasta and top with cheddar cheese or Greek yogurt. It’ll win over even the meatiest of eaters in your home (see below for photographic evidence).
That’s my dad, born and raised in the UP of Michigan, eating vegan pumpkin chili. Never thought I’d see the day.
- Do you like using pumpkin in savory dishes?
- Have you had a chance to break out the crockpot yet? If so, what for?
Pumpkin in ALL the savoury dishes- that’s how it’s eaten in Australia! It’s because of all of you guys I swayed to include some sweeter ones!
Wow, big props on a successful papa approved recipe!
I think I actually like it in savory dishes better! It’s so naturally creamy that it makes this chili feel like it’s full of cream but it’s just good ol’ veggies and beans! 🙂
I use my crockpot every week to make soup! And now we are coming into fall/ winter I know I will probably use it more often.
I use pumpkin for savoury more than sweet. But don’t use it as often as I would like as tinned pumpkin is quite pricey here. Actual whole pumpkins are only around here at Halloween and they are special carving ones that have next to no flesh! Boo! But I can hunt out some awesome squashes which I use the same way as pumpkin and they taste delicious too! 🙂
My crockpot is going to get SO much use this year. Soup is a great idea – I’m looking to try a butternut soup recipe this year because I always overdo the pumpkin but forget about squash 😉
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDdeeeeeeeeeeeeeelicious. I need to get my chili recipe up!
And now that the temps have dropped to the 50s in Chicago, I’m SUPER happy I decided to make this last night 🙂
Pumpkin should be added to all foods from September – November. You can bet I will be trying this soon : )
Haha I agree with that rule!
Ah, pumpkin chili! And I’ve never thought of this… looks so good! I cannot wait to break out my crockpot now. Thanks for the inspiration. Happy I found your blog ❤
Glad to have you! It adds so much creaminess to the chili 🙂
This looks SO good. i did not know all those pumpkin nutrition facts!! and speaking of crock pots i need to get a new one!! its a serious priority at the moment 🙂
Good idea! It makes cooking a breeze in the colder months. I love having one so much !
Lol, I love the picture and caption with your dad! Mine would be the same 🙂
Haha yup he was the final judge 🙂
Hi! Thank you for checking out my blog! Wow – this chili looks amazing!!!!!! I think I need to try it out 🙂
doooo itttt! I’m currently eating it for lunch 🙂
I am not vegan but this chili sounds so delcious that even meat eaters will enjoy!
Lol I’m not either but I don’t like cooking my own meat (prissy, I know haha). It’s good to have vegan options!
Yum! I have added pumpkin to my meat chilli before, but I haven’t made just a pumpkin chilli. Going to give that a go!
It’s great! With all the beans I don’t miss the meat at all
I’m convinced the crockpot has special powers and anything you put in it will turn out delicious. It’s so hard to screw stuff up in it! Now give me a stove top and I can screw up all kinds of things!
Ugh I always mess up stove top stuff too! I never hit that perfect time/temp where food is done on the inside and not overdone on the outside haha
LOVE it!! Give me any vegan recipe (especially with pumpkin) and I will try it!! Looks awesome girl!!
I feel all fancy calling it vegan when really it just so happened I didn’t add and milk or cheese 😉
I am ALL about using the crock pot for chili. With my work/commute schedule, it’s actually really the only thing that works well for me in a crock pot on weekdays (why do 4 hour crock pot recipes exist?? What kind of person other than a stay-at-home mom has the ability to put dinner in the crock pot at like 2 p.m.? Isn’t that what the crock pot is for — throwing everything in and letting it do the cooking for you while you’re at work? So much frustration…haha). I haven’t made any yet, but soon! Once it gets a little colder there will certainly be chili in my apartment 🙂
Aaaaaaand now it’s chilly enough for chili 🙂 Chicago was nuts today! So crisp. I loved it. Also, so true about those four-hour recipes. When will the world invent a crockpot that will automatically warm when it’s done cooking, so you can turn it on at 8am and come home at 6pm to a perfectly cooked meal 🙂 one day…
YAY new layout, I kinda sorta dig this one myself. 😉
This chili has my name allllll over it.
It really does have your name all over if haha. I love the simplicity of the layout, not to mention one of my faaaaavorite bloggers already uses it 😉
true story: i legit just copy/pasted your recipe and emailed that to myself so i can make it this weekend. thanks for sharing!!
Woooooo glad to hear it! I had it for lunch AND dinner yesterday so I promise it’s good 😉
I love getting meat-lovers to eat veg based meals… it feels like a small victory every time!
I’ve caught the pumpkin bug and actually just made pumpkin pancakes this morning. I have a feeling I’ll make them about 27 more times before fall is over!
Pumpkin pancakes sound great! I think I’ll make those for breakfast in the morning 🙂
YUM!! What a healthy, fun way to add pumpkin to our diets!! I just love how everything is pumpkin flavored this time of year!! Isn’t it the best?!!!
It is! And with savory dishes it’s a little more subtle, which is nice. It just gives dishes an earthy creaminess that I love!