Chilli con carne with pumpkin

    1 hour 20 min

    This chilli is a little different than the standard chilli. It has pumpkin added to it and is warmly spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice. Enjoy with freshly cooked rice or corn bread.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 900g minced beef
    • 1 large onion, diced
    • 1 green pepper, diced
    • 2 (410g) tins kidney beans, drained
    • 1.3 litres tomato juice
    • 2 (400g) tins chopped tomatoes with juice
    • 125g pumpkin puree
    • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice or ground cloves
    • 1 tablespoon chilli powder
    • 4 tablespoons caster sugar

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. In a large pot over medium heat, cook beef until brown; drain. Stir in onion and pepper and cook 5 minutes. Stir in beans, tomato juice, chopped tomatoes and pumpkin puree. Season with spices and sugar. Simmer 1 hour.

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    I used this recipe when I was throwing a chili cookoff at my house and I decided to compete in the "Most Interesting Ingredient" category. This was a wonderful recipe, but I did change it: I used a large can of pumpkin, I substituted black beans, I added approx. 1/4 cup chili powder and doubled the cumin and added approx. 1/4 cup sugar. I actually won my own chili competition with this recipe! It's wonderful! (but some of the best recipes are ones that you alter to fit your own style!)  -  10 Mar 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My potluck guests loved this chili. I used 1 1/2 lbs hamburg instead of 2 lbs, added 2 15 oz cans of black beans and an additional can of kidney beans (drained), an entire 15 oz can of pumpkin puree, omitted the sugar and added 2 tsp cumin and 2 tsp cayenne. This was fabulous chili! Thanks so much for the recipe, Teresa.  -  04 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I won an "Iron Chef" competition with this (the secret ingredient had to be pumpkin - was totally unique!) Did add a few things though - 2 cloves minced garlic FULL can of the pumpkin puree "dash" of kosher salt and a lot more chili powder ....delicious and unique!  -  02 Nov 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)