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Sometimes I have a craving for a nice, warm, comforting bowl of chili, but just don’t have the hour it takes to chop and slice and dice all of the necessary ingredients. You ever feel that way, too… ?  Thought so.

This is why I created a recipe for 15-minute pumpkin chili.  First and foremost, because I felt we all deserved a delicious recipe for chili that could be made in a jiffy, and, because I love any food that includes or even hints at including pumpkin!

So without further ado, here is how I make this super fast, soul-satisfying and beautifully hearty 15-minute pumpkin chili…

1. First, drain and thoroughly rinse both the kidney and black beans.  Then, place them in a bowl and completely cover the beans with water.  This soaking process will help with “bean digestibility,” which is something we can all use a little help with from time to time…. right?  Set this bowl aside for now.

2. Next, in a 3 or 5 quart pot, add the pumpkin, diced tomatoes, water, maple syrup and all of the spices. Stir well.

3. Drain and rinse the beans one more time and then add them to the pot, as well.

4. Place your pot on the stove and turn the heat to medium high.  Bring the chili to a boil.  Once it reaches that point, it’s ready to be served!

5. Enjoy the chili as is, or top with your favorite chili toppings.  Mine are chopped pecans and chives… mmm…mm!

I hope you find this recipe as delicious and satisfying as we do!

15-Minute Pumpkin Chili

Makes about 4 bowls or 6 cups


  • 15 oz. can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz. can Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz. can Pumpkin Puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 15 oz. can Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 cups Water
  • 3 Tb. Maple Syrup
  • 2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 3/4 tsp. Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/8 tsp. Cayenne for medium spice – 1/4 tsp. or more for spicy

Optional toppings: chopped chives, chopped pecans, chopped red or white onion, chopped avocado, pumpkin seeds




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