Pumpkin Turkey Chili

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Time for another $20 Tuesday meal here at WOT! Today we are bringing you a hearty and healthy chili.

The WOT Test Kitchen whipped up this Pumpkin Turkey Chili that is both better for you and has two ingredients that we have not used in our chili recipes before, pumpkin and cocoa powder!

This bright, tasty, and healthy chili recipe is sure to please and in true $20 Tuesday fashion, will price out and serve 4-6 (depending on if you serve over rice).

WOT we love about this recipe: it is an easy chili recipe with some really unique flavors! Cocoa powder might seem like an odd choice for chili, but the combination of chocolate and chilis is actually quite old (think traditional mole sauce). Adding cocoa to your chili adds a great richness to the spicy dish, making it more savory!

Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Servings 4


  • 1 large yellow onion, diced          
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 lb at least 90% lean ground turkey
  • 15 oz can of white beans, drained and rinsed                 
  • 28 oz can of diced tomatoes with liquid 
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste   
  • 14 oz can of pumpkin puree      
  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken/vegetable broth
  • 4 cup baby spinach
  • Cooked brown or white rice for serving (optional)         
Optional toppings:
  • fresh sliced jalapeno
  • avocado
  • sour cream
  • cilantro
  • salsa


  • Coat a large pot with oil spray and warm over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and sauté, stirring occasionally, for approx. 7 minutes. Stir in the garlic powder, cook until fragrant, approx. 30seconds.
  • In a small bowl measure out all the dry spices:  chili powder, cocoa powder, pumpkin pie spice, cumin, black pepper, and opt. cayenne pepper, set aside
  • Add the ground turkey to the pot. Use a spatula to break up the meat as it cooks. Continue to sauté for approx. 6-7 minutes, or until fully cooked. Add the beans, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, pumpkin puree, broth, and the small bowl of dry spices and stir.  Reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Right before serving, add the spinach and mix through until the leaves wilt. Season with kosher salt (about 1 tsp). Add desired optional toppings such as avocado, sour cream, chopped cilantro, fresh sliced jalapeno peppers, or your favorite salsa.
  • If desired, serve over rice.
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Enjoy! If you want more $20 Tuesday recipes you can check them out here! 

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Note: $20 is an approximate cost for this dish. The actual price of all ingredients may vary.

All photos by Lorianne DeVita

by Camila Alves McConaughey