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The BEST EVER Pumpkin Chili from One Lovely Life

BEST EVER Pumpkin Chili (Gluten & Dairy Free)

  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: About 10 cups 1x


I love making chili the day before I need it. It gets better with time! Don’t miss the notes section for tips on adapting this for vegan or paleo diets. (It’s SO EASY!)



For The Pumpkin Chili:

  • 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil.
  • 1 lb. ground beef*
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Optional, for more heat: 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika, 1/4-1/2 tsp. chipotle chili powder
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling)
  • 1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, not drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, not drained
  • 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes, not drained (I like fire-roasted)

For Garnish:

  • chopped cilantro, sliced green onions or snipped chives, sliced jalapeno, diced avocado, sour cream, yogurt, cheddar cheese, or dairy-free cheese, as desired.


  1. Brown The Meat. In a large Dutch oven or soup pot, brown ground beef over medium heat with pepper, onion, and a drizzle of olive oil.
  2. Add Chili Seasonings. As the meat and veggies are cooking, sprinkle over chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion, powder, smoked paprika an/or chipotle chili powder (if using), and salt. 
  3. Add Pumpkin, Beans & Tomatoes. When the meat is cooked through and the veggies are tender (10-15 minutes), add pumpkin puree, undrained beans, and the tomatoes with their juice to the pan.
  4. Cover and simmer 15-20 minutes, or until ready to eat.
  5. Garnish. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro, sour cream, diced avocado, cheese or dairy-free cheese, as desired!
  6. Store. Keep leftovers covered in the refrigerator 5-7 days, or in the freezer up to 2 months. 


FOR A PALEO VERSION, skip the beans and add an extra bell pepper and another 1/2 lb. ground beef or turkey.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish, Soup, Chili
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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