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Perfect Pumpkin Chili

  • Author: Mix and Match Mama
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Come fall, you need a variety of savory pumpkin dishes in your repertoire.  My Perfect Pumpkin Chili is exactly how you should welcome in autumn!


  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 pound of bulk Italian sausage (I used a sweet sausage, but you could use spicy)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 red onion, chopped (reserve some for garnishing)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (15 oz) can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can of pumpkin (I used Libby’s)
  • 1 (14 oz) can of cream corn
  • 1 (8 oz) can of tomato sauce
  • 1 (14 oz) can of diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • grated Parmesan cheese to garnish
  • roasted pumpkin kernel seeds to garnish, optional


  1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, brown up your ground beef and sausage in a big drizzle of EVOO until browned and crumbly.  Add in a nice pinch of both salt and pepper.
  2. Next, add in your chopped red onion (reserving some for garnish) and allow it to become tender (about five minutes) before stirring in your chopped garlic.
  3. After that, stir in your chili powder, cinnamon and Cumin followed by your Worcestershire sauce, black beans, pumpkin, corn, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes.  Allow everything to come up to a boil before reducing the heat to low and simmering about 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
  4. When you’re ready to serve, ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with your chopped red onion, Parmesan cheese and pumpkin kernel seeds.


You can also substitute a second pound of ground beef for the sausage if you like!

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