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The BEST EVER Pumpkin Chili from One Lovely Life

BEST EVER Pumpkin Chili (Gluten & Dairy Free)

  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • 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!)



  • 1 lb. ground beef*
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 (15oz) can pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling)
  • 1 (15oz) can pinto beans, not drained
  • 1 (15oz) can black beans, not drained
  • 1 (28oz) can diced tomatoes, not drained (I like fire-roasted)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • olive oil


  1. In a large soup pot, brown ground beef with pepper, onion, and a drizzle of olive oil.
  2. As the meat and veggies are cooking, sprinkle over chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion, powder, and a healthy pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. 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.


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

FOR A VEGAN VERSION, skip the meat and add another can of your favorite beans (kidney beans or another can of black beans are my two favorite choices).

  • Category: Main Dish, Soup, Chili
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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