Why you’ll love This Pumpkin Chili Recipe
Pumpkin Chili is rich and hearty with a ton of body for a satisfying, dreamy mouthfeel. The pumpkin puree, along with the sweet potatoes, adds a slightly sweet and earthy flavor which is beautifully complimented by the spicy Italian sausage, chipotle pepper, cinnamon and ginger, without tasting overly pumpkin-y.
It’s seasoned with a complex of array of spices that is pure magic. In addition to homemade chili seasoning, the Pumpkin Chili boasts beef bouillon, plenty of aromatic fresh onions and garlic and the real stars, cinnamon and chipotle chili powder. The cinnamon infuses the chili with a subtle cozy warmth and the chipotle chili powder lends a smoky heat that offsets the natural sweetness of the pumpkin.
Make it on the stove or in the crockpot. Making the chili ahead of time on the stove or low and slow in the crockpot enhances the flavors of the chili and allows them to build and meld together to a seamless explosion of YUM. The slow cooking creates buttery tender meat, soft beans (not mushy) and delicate veggies.
Pumpkin Chili makes AMAZING leftovers! This recipe makes a large batch so it can be served throughout the week for several meals in multiple ways such as on potatoes, hot dogs, nachos, etc. (see section on leftovers) – winning!
It’s also freezer friendly! Whatever Pumpkin Chili you don’t consume, you can freeze for later, or make it intentionally to freeze because it freezes exceptionally well.
This Pumpkin Chili recipe makes enough to satisfy a crowd so it’s perfect for entertaining – and perfect for YOU because it can be made ahead of time, is mostly hand’s off, and everyone can serve themselves along with a chili bar of all their favorite toppings.