This is The Best Healthy Pumpkin Turkey Chili for this fall! This chili recipe can be made in a slow cooker, instant pot, or on the stovetop. It is packed with autumn flavors, protein, and veggies. It can also be made Paleo, Keto and Whole30.
A bowl of pumpkin turkey chili. You can see pieces of corn and kidney beans

This Healthy Pumpkin Turkey Chili recipe is an autumn favorite in my house.

Paired with my gluten-free Pumpkin Cornbread or honey jalapeno cornbread, it makes a perfectly comforting, cozy, and delicious dinner for the whole family.

Although it’s not quite chilly here in Charlotte in the middle of September, we are only a week away from the official Autumn.

And I have already been enjoying all the fall-vibes with everything pumpkin, spiced apples, PSL, and you name it.

This Pumpkin Turkey Chili recipe is a fall twist on my Sweet Potato Turkey Chili.  And let me tell you, pumpkin puree in turkey chili is a game-changer.

Why Pumpkin Puree in a Chili Recipe

Two bowls with pumpkin turkey chili topped with dairy-free sour cream and cilantro

Do you wonder why I’m adding pumpkin to a chili?

The answer is simple, It makes it sweet and creamy!

Originally, I was adding the pumpkin puree just because I have been obsessed with everything pumpkin lately. But this pumpkin chili came out so creamy.

The pumpkin puree adds a subtle sweetness to the chili as well.

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A bowl of instant pot turkey chili topped with dairy-free sour cream and cilantro

Ingredients in Healthy Pumpkin Turkey Chili

This Healthy Pumpkin Turkey Chili is made with healthy and wholesome ingredients that are gluten-free, paleo, keto, whole30, and easily accessible in any grocery store.

Main ingredients

  • Ground turkey
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Kidney beans (omit for Paleo, Keto, and Whole30)
  • Carrots
  • Fire-roasted tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • Yellow onion
  • Bell pepper
  • Jalapeno (optional)
  • Garlic
  • Bone broth

pumpkin chili Spice Blend

An instant pot with pumpkin puree, corn, beans, peppers, ground turkey, tomatoes, and spices.
  • Chili powder
  • Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Cinnamon
  • Cayenne (optional)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Secret magic Ingredient

  • Cacao powder

This is my secret weapon! 

I know I am obsessed with chocolate, but trust me, cacao powder takes this pumpkin chili recipe to the next level.

It adds depth, a little chocolate, and a nutty flavor to the chili. The slight bitterness to the cacao powder also balances the acidity of the tomatoey broth so well.

How to Make Pumpkin Turkey Chili in Instant Pot

Start with dicing the bell peppers, onion, and jalapeno, and mincing the garlic.

Then, saute bell pepper, jalapeno, garlic, and onion in oil in a pan until soft. Remove from the pan.

In the same pan, brown the ground turkey with oil until it’s completely cooked through.

Then, add all the cooked ingredients along with pumpkin puree, carrots, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, and beans into a pot.

Season with chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, paprika, cacao powder, salt, and pepper to taste, and stir until everything is combined.

The next steps depend on what kind of pot you are using.

Step by Step Instruction on how to make this healthy pumpkin turkey chili

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Pumpkin Chili

When I am running low on time, I love using my Instant Pot to make this chili. It’s a great option for last-minute dinner plans.

Seal the instant pot or pressure cooker and cook on high for 30 minutes. Once it’s done cooking, turn the pressure cooker to “venting” and wait until the pressure is all let out. 

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

On the other hand, if you have planned a little further in advance, this is also an easy chuck and done way to cook this recipe.

Once you add all the ingredients to your slow cooker, cook for 3 hours on high, or up to 6 hours on low.

Stove-Top Chili

You can make this Healthy Pumpkin Turkey Chily on the stove-top as well.

Add all ingredients to a large pot and let it simmer for about 1 hour or until the carrots are tender.

A ladle scooping up homemade soup

How to Serve Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Serve this warm and cozy Healthy Pumpkin Turkey Chili in a big bowl with rice, homemade honey jalapeno cornbread, or your favorite crackers.

Want to talk about toppings?

If you know me, you know that toppings are my love language. And there is no exception for this pumpkin chili. Here are a few of my favorite toppings:

  • Sour cream
  • For a healthier option, go with yogurt – full fat or dairy-free
  • Avocado
  • Shredded cheese
  • Cilantro

Double the Batch cuz this Chili Recipe Saves Well!

This Pumpkin Turkey Chili can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

That means that it’s perfect to double up the batch and meal prep this pumpkin chili on the weekend to eat throughout the week.

You can also freeze this Pumpkin Turkey Chili, and store it in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Freeze the chili in portion-sized containers for a super convenient lunch or dinner on busy days.

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A spoon in a bowl of a healthy fall-flavored stew

 

A serving pot with creamy pumpkin turkey chili. Topped with avocado, cilantro, avocado and one corn bread muffin split in half.

Get the recipe:Healthy Pumpkin Turkey Chili

The best Healthy Pumpkin Turkey Chili for this fall! This Turkey Chili recipe is packed with autumn flavors, protein and veggies. It is also Paleo, Keto and Whole30-friendly

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb organic ground turkey
  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 jalapeno, optional (finely chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1 15 oz can kidney beans, omit if Paleo or Whole30
  • 1 15 oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1.5 – 2 cups of bone broth, see notes

Seasoning

  • 2 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne, optional
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper, or to taste
  • 1 heaping tbsp cacao powder

Instructions 

  • Saute bell pepper, jalapeno, garlic, and onion in oil in a pan until soft. Remove from the pan.
  • In the same pan, brown the ground turkey with oil until it’s completely cooked through. Break up the meat into pieces while browning.
  • Add all the cooked ingredients along with pumpkin puree, carrots, canned tomato, tomato paste, and beans into an Instant pot/Slow cooker/Large pot.
  • Season with chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, paprika, cacao powder, salt, and pepper, and stir until everything is combined.
  • The next steps depend on what kind of pot you are using.
  • Instant Pot/Pressure CookerSeal the instant pot or pressure cooker and cook on high for 30 minutes. Once it’s done cooking, turn the pressure cooker to "venting" and wait until the pressure is all let out. 
  • Slow CookerOnce you add all the ingredients to your slow cooker, cook for 3 hours on high, or up to 6 hours on low.
  • Stove-topAdd all ingredients to a large pot and let it simmer for about 1 hour or until the carrots are tender.

Notes

  1. If you prefer a spicier chili keep the seeds of the jalapeno and/or add extra cayenne or chili powder.
  2. Adjust the amount of bone broth depending on how liquidy you like your chili. For thicker chili, use 2 cups or less broth, or add up to 3 cups for a looser consistency.
Serving: 1g, Calories: 300kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 61mg, Sodium: 943mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 9g

The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.

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