A RECIPE SWAP / / PUMPKIN WHITE BEAN CHILI

post by: Catherine Short blogger at A Short Blonde

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EASY PUMPKIN CHILI RECIPE

//Catherine is a lifestyle blogger who recently relocated to Nashville with her husband, Jordan, from Chicago. Catherine believes in stretching her mind, traveling far, and always having a stash of dark chocolate near//

When I got married at the ripe young age of 21, I was comfortable cooking but I had no real technique or rhythm in the kitchen. I spent the first summer of our marriage watching The Food Network and reading magazines; ripping out recipes I wanted to try and gleaning information from the chefs. Not many of those early recipes stuck, most were duds, but there is a basic chili I still make several times each year. There is nothing like a good pot of chili, simmering on the stove, that helps usher in the cooler months.

A couple of years ago, a dear friend passed down her recipe for pumpkin chili and it’s now become a favorite in our house. I love all things pumpkin (except the well-loved Pumpkin Spiced Latte, it’s me, not you, PSL) but usually those recipes lean on the sweet/dessert side. It’s nice to have a savory option!

EASY PUMPKIN CHILI RECIPEIngredients:

1/2 tsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced (I only had granulated)
1 tsp chili powder
2 bay leaves
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
2 (15 oz cans) white beans, rinsed and drained
15 oz can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
2 cups chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil for 3-5 minutes, until the onions start to brown slightly. Add cumin and stir to combine. Add the rest of the ingredients. Simmer on low for about an hour, until it begins to thicken, stirring regularly. In my opinion chili/soups are always best the longer the flavors are able to meld together, so this makes for excellent leftovers.

Serve over rice or tortilla chips, but don’t forget the toppings!

Might I suggest…chopped cilantro and chives, sour cream, salsa, tomatoes, cheese, etc…

A few notes: I made this chili on the stove with my dutch oven, but it can easily be adapted for the crock pot (cook on high 4 hrs, low 6-8 hrs {add already cooked meat}). The original recipe calls for ground turkey, but I like it better with chicken browned on the stove; it creates a richer flavor. The meat can also easily be omitted.

EASY PUMPKIN CHILI RECIPE^ This meal is great for pot lucks because it’s a bit unexpected, but so comforting.

EASY PUMPKIN CHILI RECIPE

What are your favorite pumpkin recipes?

/ / Original recipe.