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Pumpkin Chili with Cocoa

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Description

You are in for such a treat when you try this fall comfort food made with pumpkin puree and a hint of cocoa.

Ingredients

  • 1-½ pound Ground Beef
  • 1 whole Onion, Chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic, Crushed
  • 1 whole Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • ¼ teaspoons Chipotle Seasoning (Mrs Dash)
  • 1 can 28 Oz Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 can (19 Oz) Kidney Beans, Drained And Rinsed
  • 1 cup Beef Broth (or Water)
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 teaspoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ½ cups Corn
  • 1 can Diced Green Chilies, 4 Oz Can
  • 1 pinch Salt And Pepper, to taste

Preparation

Heat ground beef and onion in a large non-stick skillet on medium-high heat until meat has browned. Drain any excess fat. Add garlic, red pepper, cumin, chili and chipotle seasonings and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and heat medium-high until bubbly, then reduce heat to low and simmer covered for 20 minutes.

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ashmariie on 11.14.2010

I recommend adding a whole can of pumpkin puree as opposed to just one cup, and try adding some chocolate shavings just before serving. Really complements all the flavor in this fantastic dish.

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foodandwhine on 10.29.2010

shehutch is right, it’s the red peppers you’re seeing. No carrots!

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iamcaressa on 10.25.2010

You know, you could be right!

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shehutch on 10.24.2010

I wonder if what you think are carrots are actually the red peppers.

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iamcaressa on 10.24.2010

The picture has carrots, but there aren’t any listed? I’m hoping to make this tonight, so I just wanted to check …

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Elizabeth on 11.12.2012

A very good chili. It would be improved by a longer cooking time so that the flavors have more time to come together. Very easy to make. A great weekday meal.

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Erin on 9.20.2011

Thank you, thank you for this recipe! My kids hate chili and complain the rare times I make it….not so with this one! They ate with no complaints and even remarked how good it was!! I did use gr. turkey for the beef…delicious!!

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ashmariie on 11.14.2010

I blogged about this recipe here: http://ashmariie.tumblr.com/post/1569284699/the-most-badass-pumpkin-chili-youve-ever-tasted#notes

I’m not one to really like my food spicy at all, but this recipe is so good, I don’t mind at all that it has a bit of a kick. The pumpkin adds a really satisfyingly sweet undertone to the recipe, but it’s not at all overwhelming. When I was looking for a good recipe, I came across a similar (but slightly more complicated) recipe that recommended sprinkling the chili with chocolate shavings before serving, so I thought I would try it with this recipe since chocolate and pumpkin go so fantastically well together. I was so right! The chocolate really complements all the flavors. I can’t get enough of this stuff!

I modified the recipe slightly. Since I’m not really all that into super spicy foods, I halved the chili powder. Also, I thought 1 cup of pumpkin was a really odd amount to add, especially since it’s only about half a can. And where am I going to find a recipe for approximately half a can of pumpkin? So I just added the whole darn can. Once I put everything into the pot, I felt like it was a little thick, so I added just a little more beef broth, but I’m not sure how much.

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