My ultimate go-to. It’s delicious every time, easy and straight forward to make, and great for leftovers for the week. Whenever I’m feeling a bit uninspired, tired, or just wanting comfort food, I normally make this. It’s the perfect balance of some vegetables, beans, and meat. Five years later, this is still my favorite recipe.
This recipe is also quite flexible- sometimes I’ll add in a teaspoon more of a spice or two, other times I’ll add in a can of pumpkin or switch the beans I use for a new flavor. Top with freshly shredded cheese, some avocado, and maybe even some tortilla chips for the ultimate meal.
Initial Description: (Published in March 2018)
This recipe came about for two reasons:
- I love chili, but I’ve been making so much of my favorite recipe (see here) that I was worried I’d get sick of it. So this is a perfect variation!
- I’ve had canned pumpkin in my pantry for WAY too long.
Luckily, this turned out really well. It’s a great way to change up chili a bit- the pumpkin flavor is subtle, but you’ll definitely notice it!
This recipe has been updated, but I wanted to keep my old original picture because it of the memories it provides. It’s also a good reminder of my growth in photography skills!
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 2 large carrots chopped
- 3 stalks celery chopped
- 1 small yellow onion diced
- 1 green pepper diced
- 2-3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 28 ‐oz. + 14 oz. can crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 small can pumpkin puree you can also do a whole can for stronger flavor, it will just be a thicker texture
- 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 avocados sliced
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- fritos chips (if you're Matt this is not optional)
- Heat a large sauce pot over medium‐high heat. Add enough olive oil to coat the pan.
- Once hot, add in onions, celery, carrots, green pepper, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, until onions are translucent and celery and carrots are brighter in color.
- Add in a bit more olive oil, and add in the beef and crushed tomatoes. Stir well.
- Add in pumpkin puree, spices, and beans.
- Heat over high heat until it it just about to boil. Lower the heat to a simmer, and cook, partially covered, for about 45 minutes.