chilly? …warm up with some chili!
this pumpkin chili is sweetly spiced to perfection and will warm you up from the inside out!
is there anything you love more than a hearty bowl of hot chili on a cool autumn day? okay, yeah, i can think of quite a few things i love more than that… but chili is a kind of a big deal. especially in texas.
while typing this, i found myself curious to know if any other states make as big of a deal about chili as they do in texas. chili cook-offs are serious business here. so in an attempt to provide you, my beloved readers, with some kind of perspective, i googled it. upon typing “chili co-,” google auto-suggested “chili cook-off texas.” although slightly creepy to think about, i’m quite sure google knows i’m in texas… so maybe it’s a regional auto-suggestion?? within a few clicks, i discover they have a chili appreciation society international along with an entire website designed to provide you information about all of the upcoming chili cook-offs… that just so happen to be all over texas. haha!
texans are a curious breed. :)
one thing is for sure though… they put a lot of love into their chili!!
yes, this chili has lots of love in it… just for you!
this idea originated a few weeks ago when my husband notified me that you, my readers, haven’t gotten any healthy meal recipes lately. (oh.em.geee. he’s right!! …and i’m so sorry!!) let’s be honest… there’s never a shortage of sweets on this blog, but i could totally toss in a healthy dinner recipe for you more than once every few months! are you okay with that?
we’ll start with this healthy, hearty, turkey chili.
created with the leftover pumpkin sitting in my fridge after making these gluten-free skinny pumpkin cheesecake bars.
yes, you’ll have leftover pumpkin to make them too! :)
after the first attempt being a sickeningly sweet disaster (that my dear husband still ate), i caramelized the onion and then added the pumpkin before anything else so the flavors had a chance to meld… you’re going to love the way it turned out! the pumpkin flavor is there but without the sweetness that reminds you of thanksgiving dessert. it has a little bite to it at the end that leaves just a hint of sweet heat in your mouth.
you can eat this with crackers, low-sodium corn chips (carb-lovers unite!), or add a little extra protein by topping it off with some cheesy goodness!
oh yeah, and it’s gluten free!
what could you possibly do with the leftover canned pumpkin?