Sep 27, 2012
Several years ago, when we still lived in Ohio, we took ourselves to a local small town festival. Not just any festival though. Mid October if you head to Circleville, Ohio you will find a happy quaint little town celebrating pumpkins. Lots and lots of pumpkins.
Besides the normal fair activities, we were also enthralled with displays of pumpkins of all sizes. Pumpkins, pumpkins,and MORE pumpkins.
Then there was the pumpkin inspired food. Pumpkin burgers, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pie, pumpkin butter, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin chili.
I haven't forgotten that sweet little Pumpkin Festival. I haven't forgotten that sweet little bit of Midwestern Fall.
Thanks to my reminiscing, I seemed to remember that pumpkin can go in more than just pie and bread. I mean don't get me wrong it I quite enjoy pumpkin bread, as you might recall from my recent recipe for Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread.
Recently we had a chillier day, which by it's very implication means I must make chili.
Chili+Fall+Pumpkin Festival memories= PUMPKIN CHILI.
This recipe is just my kind of chili. It is a hearty chili but not overly spicy. The pumpkin is just lovely. Then add in a little bit of brown sugar and some pumpkin pie spice and BAM, this chili is brought to a whole new level.
Pumpkin spice and brown sugar, "what is this a pie?"
Don't judge it till you try it. The taste of this chili is great. Just trust me.
Top it with sour cream, cheese, maybe some toasted pumpkin kernels. Oh and don't forget the corn bread.
adapted from FumilyFun.com
2 pounds ground beef (90/10) or ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 can pinto or kidney beans, drained
1 (12 oz) bottle of chili sauce (condiment found in the ketchup aisle)
1 cup beef broth
2 Tablespoons of chili powder
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
In a large stock pot or dutch oven, brown beef or turkey with the chopped onion. Drain excess grease.
Add in all the remaining ingredients and stir well to mix.
Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour.
Serve with grated cheese and sour cream.
Happy pumpkin enjoying.
Thanks for reading, you are grand.