Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free

Pumpkin season! Crockpot season! Combine the two for a lazy, delicious, healthy lunch or dinner recipe. This pumpkin turkey chili satisfies your daily requirement of Vitamin A in a single cup–hello beautiful skin. Enjoy some protein-packed comfort food, without the guilt.


1.5 lbs ground turkey
2 cups organic free range chicken broth
1 15oz box organic pureed pumpkin
1 yellow onion, diced
2-3 TB chipotle chili powder
1 medium jalapeno, seeded and diced
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 TB red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
Garnish with 2 green onions, chopped, 2 TB chopped cilantro and a drizzle of olive oil
Coconut milk yogurt dollop for cooling (love this brand, carrageenan-free)

Nutrition Facts

Makes 11 cups
Per cup of chili
407 calories
8g fat
63mg cholesterol, 21% RDA
300mg sodium, 12% RDA
1400mg potassium, 40% RDA
52g carbs
13g fiber
3.4g sugar
35g protein
Vitamin A 120% RDA
Calcium 11% RDA
Iron 35% RDA


Brown the turkey for 5 min in some coconut oil. Place in crockpot.
Sauté onions and garlic until onions turn clear. Add to crockpot.
Add remaining ingredients to crock pot, stir, set on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. Salt/pepper/drizzle your pumpkin turkey chili with olive oil to taste and throw on some green onions, cilantro, and coconut yogurt.

Nutrition Tips

This pumpkin turkey chili is super high in Vitamin A and potassium, high in selenium phosphorus, iron, calcium and fiber. It is heart-healthy to the max. Try to find local turkey! Meat is not a sustainable food choice, but eating local pastured meat helps reduce your carbon footprint. I recommend getting organic everything, as always. I also recommend Eden brand for canned beans as they have BPA-free lining in their cans. It is a good idea to limit the amount of food you consume from cans, which can contribute to aluminum toxicity. If you have extra time, the best way to prepare beans is buy them dried and soak them. Soaking beans also reduces the amount of phytic acid so they are easier to digest and less likely to block mineral absorption. I tend to not make time for this, so just eat them in small quantities. I like some spice– this pumpkin turkey chili is on the spicier side. If you prefer less, simply use smaller portions of the red pepper flakes, chili powder, jalapeño, etc. in your pumpkin turkey chili.

Chinese Nutritional Therapy

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), turkey is warming and nourishing for spleen and stomach organ systems. Turkey helps strengthen blood and qi, and is therapeutic after surgery, childbirth, menstruation, or other instances where blood may be depleted.  Pumpkin is revered for its digestive-soothing properties. It is considered an earth element food, and in turn nourishes the metal element of fall, which corresponds to lungs and large intestine. Weakness in the lungs will show up as:

  • allergies
  • asthma
  • bronchitis, chronic coughs

Because the lungs open to the skin, one may also see acne, eczema and psoriasis. The paired organ to the Lungs is the colon, so weakness here will show up as constipation, diarrhea, or IBS. Not only does the flesh of the pumpkin benefit the Lungs and Large Intestine, the seeds are especially good for the intestines, easing constipation and acting as a parasite cleanse. Nutritionally, pumpkins are high in beta carotene which is converted by the body to vitamin A. This pumpkin turkey chili helps brighten the skin, slow aging, and heal the mucosal lining of the digestive tract to help with leaky gut, food allergies, and autoimmune conditions. If you need help balancing digestion, healing from an injury, or boosting energy, try acupuncture.

Learn More

Read more about why gluten-free can be a smart choice, and when it is not.

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