One can never have too many simple, filling, delicious chili recipes in their repertoire I like to say. And so I present to you our latest chili treasure – with a strikingly wonderful secret ingredient: pumpkin.
Now don’t go and get scared off by that thinking “Where does pumpkin get off claiming it belongs in chili?” because I promise you’ll be doing yourself a great injustice by not giving this chili a chance. The pumpkin acts as a silky binder to the chili, adding depth and creaminess.
I wondered how strong the pumpkin flavor would be but was pleasantly surprised at the mildness. When playing “What’s the Secret Ingredient” Game at the dinner table my husband couldn’t guess it for the life of him but shook his head knowingly when I told him, almost like “Yeah, I should have known!” It’s there, but not too there, you know?
The combination of the warm pumpkin, hearty black beans, fresh onions and peppers and other gentle spices makes for a significantly delicious chili. Made in the slow cooker (alternatively, you could simmer it on the stove), this chili is such an easy dinner prep and the finished product is wow-worthy.
Perfect for this very hectic Thanksgiving week, this chili is a no-brainer of a weeknight meal and will fill all the little (and big) tummies you are feeding. P.S. I used round steak I had sitting around the freezer, which was tender and tasty, but the original recipe calls for leftover, cooked turkey. Um, hello? Think there might be a plethora of that around later on this week?
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