Seasonal Pumpkin Chili in a Bread Bowl

Chili in Bread Bowl

Don’t dismiss this recipe because it sounds a little odd. Pumpkin chili is totally a thing. And cranberries? Why yes.

Because besides tasting great, this pumpkin chili incorporates all of the best foods of the month. The cranberries and pumpkin give it a sweetness that might be more palatable for your kids than the traditional spicy kind of chili con carne.

Serve it in a bread bowl and there’s only the pot and spoon to wash!

Seasonal Pumpkin Chili Recipe:

You’ll Need

  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 lb cooked boneless chicken (or turkey) breast, chopped
  • 1 can (28 oz) chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (19 oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup peeled, seeded and cubed pumpkin
  • 1 sweet red pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup corn (frozen or fresh)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 6 large whole wheat/multigrain buns
  • Olive oil for brushing

Prep and Cook

  • In Dutch oven or large heavy pot, heat vegetable oil over medium heat.
  • Add chopped onions and cook until softened.
  • Add all other ingredients, stir and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for 2 hours.
  • Check seasoning and adjust as needed.
  • If using a slow cooker, brown onions separately and then transfer to slow cooker before adding all other ingredients.
  • Cook chili in slow cooker on high setting for 5 hours or low for 10 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut about 1/2 inch off the top of the bun, then make the inside of the bun hollow by removing all but about 1 1/2 inches of bread.
  • Using a brush or spray bottle, apply oil to the inside of the bun.
  • Place buns on baking sheets and bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned on the inside.
  • Remove from the oven and serve filled with pumpkin chili (or your favourite soup).


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