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My company, Rachel's Basic Bites, is a small startup in the Kent county area of Rhode Island. I provide handcrafted granola bars, made with high quality organic ingredients.

Slow Cooked Spicy Pumpkin Chili


I LOVE creating main dishes with my slow cooker especially in the colder months like this style of chili right here. Chili is a wonderful and satisfying meal to create for a crowd or for just two in your own home. super simple to create with less fuss, simplicity and versatility in the use of fresh foods to minimize nutrients in the process. Not only good for you, but super tasty. This dish i have for you today is a another wonderful way in utilizing leftover pumpkin with a twist. Pumpkin adds a lovely rich and smooth texture to chili as well as the many health benefits it provides such as antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals.


How about you, do you enjoy using a crockpot for meals? If you happen to enjoy the goodness of pumpkin and chili this the perfect autumn crockpot go-to recipe. This dish is a wonderful twist on a classic that packs full of flavor and nutrition. May you customize it to your liking. Please if you try it i would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you. Let’s move down to the recipe shall we ?!




SERVES: about 6-8


1 pound lean ground beef, or turkey

2 red bell peppers

1 medium onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 can black beans, organic, rinsed

1 cannellini beans, or other white bean style

1 can tomato paste

handful, diced tomatoes

1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree, organic

2 cups of low sodium broth, vegetable or preferred

2 tbsp chili powder

2 tsp cumin

2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tbsp oregano, dried

2 bay leaves



Handful cilantro

Greek yogurt or sour cream

preferred cheese





Get the crockpot ready to use.

In saucepan, on medium heat, add a splash of oil to the pan. Add in your preferred meat and let cook until browned. Place in the crockpot and cover.

In the same saucepan, medium heat, add in the peppers, onion and garlic; let cook until fragrant or softened about 2-3 minutes. Place items into the crockpot along with the rest of the ingredients; mix well to combine. Let cook for about 6-8 hours with the setting.

When ready, place in decorative bowls and garnish with what you enjoy. And if there are any leftovers place in an airtight container for another meal during the week.






NUTRITIONAL VALUE: 429 calories per serving, total fat 96g; total carbohydrates 54g; protein 37g; sugars 6g; dietary fiber 18.5g; vitamin C 45%; vitamin A 83%; vitamin E 35%; vitamin K 92%; vitamin B 46%; folate 16%; calcium 14%; magnesium 79%; iron 45%; zinc 163%; potassium 31%; selenium 35%.