Slow Cooker Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Turkey Chili is THE fall comfort food you need to turn to this season. Full of pumpkin, warming spices, and ground turkey, this is a lightened up chili that you won’t be able to get enough of. It tastes like a bite of fall in every spoonful!

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Turkey Chili

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Heyyyyyyyyy friends, I’ve got something super, extra special for you all today.

As you know I am deep into wanting all the fall tings right about now and holy moly has that desire been kicked up about 20 notches with the weather diving down below 60 degrees for a handful of consecutive days.

Sweatshirts, flannel, boots, wool socks, and extra blankets are in full swing at our house.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Turkey Chili

We’ve even got the big comfy comforter on the bed right now and I am in heaven. Not to mention the pups being in extra snuggly mode, which makes me infinitely happy.

Thus, it must be chili season.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Beginning in October, I start making all the chili. Normally, it’s my standard super secret chili recipe that’s getting whipped out. Of course, there are so many things we can do with chili and this variation is opening a whole new world of flavor up in here.

Pumpkin chili is now and forever always a thing.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Turkey Chili

The sumptuous pumpkin makes the chili extra creamy, and the turkey gives you a nice lightened up meat that will take on all the flavors of the chili. There is a wide variety of warming spices so this chili feels like a bowl of fall that you will want to shove your face into.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Turkey Chili

It’s the simplest recipe to make, and if you have an Instant Pot, I swear it’s that much easier. Regardless, it’s the easy soup you are going to keep making all throughout this delightful pumpkin season!

Happy fall, y’all (as the cutest pillows at Target say… they are calling my name still… I should buy them, right??)!

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Turkey Chili

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Yield: Serves 6 to 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

This savory chili is a lightened up version of your favorite comfort food, featuring turkey, pumpkin, and warming spices.



  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 16 oz can hot chili beans
  • 1 16 oz can Sprouts kidney beans
  • 1 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup oz pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon


  • Sour cream
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Cilantro


  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add diced onion and cook until they begin to soften, approximately 3 minutes.
  2. Add turkey and cook until browned, approximately 4-5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and add to the bowl of a slow cooker.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients for the chili to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  5. Cook on high for 4 hours. Note: you can also make this is in the Instant Pot. Simply add all ingredients to the Instant Pot insert and set to Manual pressure for 25 minutes. Let release naturally.
  6. Serve immediately with listed toppings.

8 Responses to “Slow Cooker Pumpkin Turkey Chili”

  1. Paula — October 3, 2018 at 10:29 am (#)

    That’s some good looking chili

  2. Dorothy at Shockinglydelish — October 3, 2018 at 6:28 pm (#)

    I love savory pumpkin dishes! Fall is my favorite time because it is soup season! Can’t wait to try this one!

  3. Kimberly — October 3, 2018 at 9:03 pm (#)

    This sounds like a delicious way to incorporate pumpkin!

  4. Jamielyn — October 4, 2018 at 12:04 pm (#)

    YUM! This is the ultimate fall recipe. Looks so delicious!

  5. Allyson — October 5, 2018 at 6:29 am (#)

    Pumpkin chili is such a staple in our house during the fall and winter! I love making this!

  6. Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert — October 5, 2018 at 8:40 am (#)

    This looks incredibly delicious! So hungry for this!

  7. Sandra | A Dash of Sanity — October 5, 2018 at 1:18 pm (#)

    This looks really comforting! I need to give this a try!

  8. Hansamu — October 12, 2018 at 3:20 am (#)

    I love savory pumpkin dishes! Fall is my favorite time because it is soup season! Can’t wait to try this one!

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