Saturday, October 15, 2011

Vegan MoFo Day 15: Pumpkin Chili

I was a bit skeptical of Pumpkin Chili. Well, before I started this challenge, I was wary of pumpkin in any savory dish. MoFo is slowly changing that. In this chili, pumpkin is not the main flavor, it's in the background hiding behind the chipotle and beans. It also helps to thicken the chili a bit.

1 tsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, chopped
1/4 to 1/2 cup vegetable broth or water
1 canned chipotle in adobo sauce, chopped
1 can corn
3 cans (or 4 or 5 cups) of beans--almost any type of bean will work (I used 2 kidney and 1 black)
2 cups pumpkin
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
a few splashes of pumpkin beer
1 teaspoon of chili powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin

In a large pot, heat the olive oil, onions, garlic, and jalapeno over medium-high heat until soft. Add the vegetable broth if things start to stick. Add the chipotle, corn, beans, and pumpkin. Cook for another minute or two, stirring and letting the flavors combine. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer about 5 minutes, or until everything is hot and the flavors have had a chance to mix.

Makes about 8 kitten head sized portions.


  1. I understand the initial skepticism, but I've had pumpkin chili in restaurants and loved it, so I should make it at home sometime! This recipe (and result) looks great, and your kitten is so adorable! I have 2 cats but have had major kitty fever again recently. /catladyrant

  2. I love your kitty.

    And I will try pumpkin chili, I am very sceptical about it, but I will give it a try.

  3. That sounds and looks delicious! So glad you are spreading the pumpkin love <3

  4. Hello daily dose of bloggy kitten joy!

    It's strange hearing you talk about pumpkin in sweet things. Here in Australia, pumpkin (and butternut pumpkin) is used almost exclusively in savoury dishes. To make sweet pumpkin things is quite the novelty, and not something I ever really did before having American cookbooks. Except for the odd pumpkin scone (but our scones are different to yours as well - no sugar). I like pumpkin in muffins and things, though I am only so so about the pumpkin pie.