Perfect for an autumn casual dinner party, serve this Best Pumpkin Turkey Chili Recipe with a green salad and hot, crunchy bread! Don’t forget the toppings!

Best Pumpkin Turkey Chili Recipe

Happy Friday, Friends! Yes, fall is a time for slowing down, when it comes to having company over, because our travel schedule picks up a bit.

Pumpkin Turkey Chili Recipe

But if you’re looking for a comfort dish to serve your family (or last-minute guests?), then try my BEST Pumpkin Turkey Chili recipe. Or, if you have your Instant Pot on the counter, maybe try this Instant Pot Mango Chicken Chili Recipe!

Easy Pumpkin Turkey Chili Recipe

My husband travels around the U.S. speaking on the subject of bullying at schools, and I have a few trips myself for my work. So when we’re both not home, it’s hard to host. And when we are at home, it may be a weekend we need to chill. We truly believe in rest. Some people can go and go, but we cannot.

Use your gift of hospitality

But, a simple recipe to make for fall is a big pot of chili. I love my LeCreuset pots and pans. I have quite a few, and for chili, it’s my big LeCreuset 5 1/2 quart round dutch oven (check out all the cool colors!)

Easy Pumpkin Turkey Chili

For me, inviting people into my home for a simple meal brings me so much joy. It’s something I absolutely love.

It’s so important to find what brings you joy and serve others through it.

We have all been gifted with unique talents and different ways to love on others. I’m part of a meal chain at our church, so if I can’t take a meal, I’ll send a food-related gift card. Our friend just had a baby boy this week, and since we are gone for 2 weeks, I have a little something I’m sending in the mail.

We can all love on others in different ways – which is such a beautiful thing!

Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Best Pumpkin Turkey Chili Recipe

If you’re looking to host, making pumpkin chili is easy.

You can use fresh corn (2 cobs) or canned corn. To cook the corn: Boil the water and add the corn; bring back to a boil and cook for 6 minutes. It’s that easy!

Cook your meat and onions in a big pot; add in the simple ingredients of fresh corn and beans. (Or, open a can of Trader Joe’s corn!)

What I love about chili is you can add the spices that your family loves. Make it spicy—or not :)

And always fresh cilantro! (And if you don’t like cilantro, leave it off:) Sour cream and cheese are also great toppings to set out if you have guests coming over.

Happy fall, and new hospitable ways of thinking of others and how you can help or reach out to them!

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Pumpkin Turkey Chili Recipe

Delicious flavors of fall with pumpkin, corn, and beans.


  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 green or red large bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large or 2 small jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin purée
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 15-ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 oz. can corn, drained (or 2-3 cobs, cooked)
  • Toppings: sour cream, cheese, cilantro, or green onions (optional)


  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and jalapeños, stirring frequently, until tender, 4-5 minutes.
  • Add turkey and cook until browned. Stir in tomatoes, pumpkin, 1 cup water, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon and salt and pepper; bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium low and add beans and corn. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes more.
  • Serve with sour cream, cheese, and fresh cilantro (or finely chopped green onions).
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More chili recipes: Settlers of Catan Ground Turkey Pepperoncini Chili [thank you, Elliot, for the delicious recipe!], Easy Chili Mac Recipe [She Wears Many Hats] and End of Summer Chicken Chili Recipe [A Farmgirls Dabbles].

Best Pumpkin Turkey Chili

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