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This recipe comes to us from Jessie James Decker’s new cookbook, Just Eat: More Than 100 Easy and Delicious Recipes That Taste Just Like Home.

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Bowl of chili with various toppings

Pumpkin Chili with Black Beans

"I love just about any version of chili that exists. I also love all things fall, including pumpkin treats. It may sound crazy at first to put pumpkin and chili together, but once you taste that combination, you’ll be hooked just like I was. The flavor is subtle, so you almost don’t realize the pumpkin is there. What you will notice is a silky texture and lighter feel, which make this chili one of my most unique recipes." — Jessie James Decker
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Chili
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 271 kcal


  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 (15.5-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • 6 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Tortilla chips, for serving
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, for serving
  • Sliced scallions, for serving


  • In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 7 minutes.
  • Add the beans, diced tomatoes, pumpkin puree, tomato paste, 1 cup water, chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Bring to a simmer. Cover partially and let simmer, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.
  • Serve the chili in bowls with tortilla chips, shredded Cheddar, and sliced scallions.


Calories: 271kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 15gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 672mgPotassium: 548mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 536IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Chili, Pumpkin
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Recipe from JUST EAT by Jessie James Decker. © Copyright 2023 by Jessie James Decker. Used with permission by Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. All rights reserved. Photography by Liz Schoch.

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