Turkey Pumpkin Chili

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Turkey Pumpkin Chili
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As I write this my family and I are currently on the road traveling from Portland to Seattle (don't worry my husband is driving) to visit my in-laws and celebrate our sweet baby nephew’s 2nd birthday. This drive is one that I’ve come to know well having lived in various parts of the Northwest most of my life, and this time of year, as often as I've done it, I absolutely love the journey. The drive is simply stunning as all the leaves along our course are in brilliant color, and when the sun is shining and the sky is clear enough for us to see Mt Rainier in all her glory it simply can't be beat. Having lived in other parts of the country that don't have our display of autumnal color, I appreciate the Northwest the most this time of year, and it's something that I painfully missed while we lived in away. The fact that I can get away with wearing my Birkenstocks and a big wool sweater at the same time doesn't hurt either. And even our sunniest days always end in cool evenings chilly enough for soups of all kind, another bonus which brings me to the recipe I'm about to share.

...the pumpkin adds a rich, soul-satisfying element, and the rest of the flavors and ingredients make up what you've come to know and love about chili...

Turkey Pumpkin Chili
Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin turkey chili. Does it sound crazy? Maybe a little, but I assure you it's anything but. This deceptively healthy and full of flavor recipe is sure to be a favorite to anyone you serve it to. I know it's definitely one of my family’s favorite fall recipes. I’ve been tweaking and adjusting this particular dish little by little for the past 6 years and every time I make it, I fall in love all over again. The turkey keeps it from being too heavy or greasy, the pumpkin adds a rich, soul-satisfying element, and the rest of the flavors and ingredients make up what you've come to know and love about chili - big, bold flavors young and old will appreciate. (Feel free to adjust the spice as you see fit. My kids gobble this stuff up as is.) We especially love serving it alongside this cornbread

One-pot and only 40 minutes from prep to table, makes this dish easily one of the tastiest and simplest you'll make all season. And to make things even easier, I recently (this past July to be exact) discovered Kroger’s Click List, which has been a major game changer in my weekly routine.

Click List is a brilliant program created by Kroger to help make your life simpler by doing your chores for you. Okay, so maybe Click List won’t clean your house, fill your gas tank or pick up your dry cleaning, but it will take one of the most mundane and common day to day chores off your to-do list. If you haven’t already heard, or aren’t into guessing games, I’ll just come right out and tell you…Kroger’s Click List does your grocery shopping for you. You heard me right.

Here’s how it works: you simply use the Kroger Click List app and select the participating store in your area, then search from the selection of 40,000 groceries and products Kroger has available, and the next day you drive to your selected store for pick-up. A friendly employee will bring the groceries out to your car for you. Seriously! You don't even have to get out of the car. Say what?! I like to put on soothing music and grab a coffee to sip while all this is going on and just pretend I'm on vacation. It’s the perfect solution for all your busy mom or busy anyone problems, because let's face it, as therapeutic as grocery shopping can occasionally be, doing it with 1, 2, 3 or really any number of kids just isn't that fun. Neither is having to squeeze it in amidst a hectic schedule or at the end of a long day.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili
Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Use Kroger’s Click List and you’ll have more time for snuggling under blankets, and reading books with warm, cozy soup in hand (it's magic that way). Need an idea of where to start? I know for a fact the ingredients for this pumpkin turkey chili are just begging to be the first items in your Click List shopping cart.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

This is a sponsored post written by TMP on behalf of Kroger. The opinions and text are all ours.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Serves 4


1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 large onion
1 green bell pepper, small dice
1 yellow bell pepper, small dice
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2 lbs ground turkey
2 14.5 oz cans fired roasted diced tomatoes
4 cups sugar pie pumpkin, cubed
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
2 tbsp adobo sauce (from a 12 oz can of Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce)
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 14.5 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed


2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup sour cream


Heat the oil in a large deep soup pot over medium heat. Sauté the onion and bell peppers until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté 3 minutes longer. Add in the turkey, and cook until evenly brown. Mix in tomatoes, pumpkin, and chicken stock.  Season with adobo sauce, cumin, pepper, and salt. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes or until pumpkin is tender. If desired, gently smash pumpkin chunks against the side of the pot. This gives the chili a creamier texture. Add black beans and simmer for 5 minutes longer. Serve topped with cheese, sour cream, cilantro & avocado.