Pumpkin Chili Mexicana

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 6 servings


This creamy and colorful Pumpkin Chili Mexicana features pumpkin, onion, chiles, ground turkey and kidney beans seasoned with cumin and chili powder and makes a zesty and flavorful dish.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz each) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz.) LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15.25 oz.) kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can (4 oz.) diced green chiles
  • 1/2 cup loose-pack frozen whole-kernel corn
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


HEAT vegetable oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes or until tender. Add turkey; cook until browned. Drain.

ADD tomatoes with juice, pumpkin, tomato sauce, beans, chiles, corn, chili powder, cumin and black pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover; cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.

happy cook/retiree

by m. mary , pa on Jan. 2012

used this recipe for years and have passed it forward two generations

pumkin chili mexicana

by j. judy , dickson city,pa on Mar. 2010

I added jalapeno peppers in this recipe. Very nice touch to it. I put this chili in a contest it won second place out of 19 different chilis. This is a really good recipe you can't even tell that there is pumpkin in it. A must try for your next family dinner.

Awesome Chili!

by M. Melissa , Delaware on Feb. 2010

I made a few substitutions with my recipe which I think really made it that much better. Instead of using tomato sauce I used a jar of medium salsa, added some Adobo seasoning, and a can of black beans. I also used a little brown sugar and some cinnamon to bring out the flavor of the pumpkin. Instead of a saucepan I used a crockpot and let the chili cook on high for about 3 hours. Definitely give this recipe a try if you're looking to spice up your normal chili recipe!

Popular with everyone

by S. Stasia , Vienna/IL on Nov. 2009

This chili is loved by our guests whenever we serve it. It's hearty & delicious, even to the non-adventurous eaters.


by J. , West Carrollton, OH on Aug. 2008

I made this chili for a quick dinner. I was super easy to make ready to eat fast. I like my chili a little thinner so I added some chicken stock to thin it out a bit. I also used ground beef instead of turkey and forgot to get green chiles at the strore and just added some extra chili powder and some cayenne pepper. One addition that made the chili even better was just a touch of cinnamon it really accents the pumpkin nicely. This recipe is super easy and very open to additions as you can see. My fiance and I loved it! A real must try!

Fantastic Chili

by K. Kimberly , KEMPTON, PA on Apr. 2008

I have been making this chili for about 3 years now and everyone that eats it loves it and can't believe that there is pumpkin in it. This is definitely my "go to" when I am hungry for chili!


by J. Joanne , MEDFORD, MA on Feb. 2008

I tried this recipe and it's very good. No one knew there was pumpkin in it. This is my new chili recipe!

great meal

by h. helen , CLEMMONS, NC on Jan. 2008

This recipe is very easy to make, and tastes fantastic. My family has requested it for their super bowl party. Definitely a winner!

Great Chili

by D. DEBORAH , BURNET, TX on Nov. 2007

I love pumpkin and was intrigued to see it in a chili recipe. I browned the turkey and vegetables, then cooked it in a slowcooker for several hours. We also added more beans than called for. I did not tell my husband it had pumpkin in it until his second helping as he usually doesn't like anything pumpkin. It gives the chili a nice texture and flavor. Thank you!

A Winner!

by J. Jennifer , Ausitn, TX on Nov. 2007

I entered a chili cook-off and wanted to take something that would stand out. This chili won 2nd place...only because the judges prefered a spicier chili. If you do want it spicier, it is easy to tweak. I cooked mine then let it sit in a crock pot all day. I came home from the contest with hardly any left and everybody asking me for the recipe.