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Easy Pumpkin Turkey Chili

This recipe is incredibly easy. Only six ingredients! And so little time and effort goes into assembling this masterpiece. The pumpkin adds a very subtle flavor with a certain creaminess and sweetness that compliments the spicy salsa. That’s right, salsa. Salsa is my not-so-secret trick to super-simple, easy to make chili. And I highly encourage you to use Pace chunky salsa. You can choose mild or medium – whichever floats your boat! I prefer medium because I feel like it gives it a needed kick. You can always cool it down with a dollop of sour cream and a little shredded cheese.

Just a small side note on the chili seasoning. If it’s not located on the baking aisle with all of the other spices, check the ethnic food aisle with the taco kits.

Easy Pumpkin Turkey Chili
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Serves: 6
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 2-1/2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 1 16oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 16oz can chili beans, with liquid
  • 1 1.25oz packet mild chili seasoning
  • 1 24oz jar Pace chunky salsa (medium)
  • sour cream and shredded cheese for topping (optional)
  1. In a large pot brown turkey over medium heat.
  2. Add remaining ingredients plus one 16oz can full of water, and bring to a low boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered for at least 30 minutes to let flavors meld together. Stir occasionally.


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