What's for dinner? White bean pumpkin chili with 3 easy cooking methods

HealthyFitnessMeals shared this seasonal chili that can be made three ways.

What's for dinner? White bean pumpkin chili with 3 easy cooking methods
October 19, 2021, 4:45 AM

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Rena Awada, a mother of five and founder of Healthyfitnessmeals, shared her savory seasonal recipe that can be prepared on the stove, in an instant pot or with a slow cooker.

White Bean Pumpkin Chili

PHOTO: Healthy white bean and pumpkin chili.
Healthy white bean and pumpkin chili.

2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 onion finely chopped
2 stalks celery finely chopped
3 garlic cloves finely chopped
3 small carrots finely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
1/2 tablespoon red chili paste or 1 tbsp of chili powder
1 1/2 pounds ground chicken, turkey, or beef (We like to use lean ground turkey)2 tablespoons fresh thyme or 1 tablespoon dried15 oz unsweetened pumpkin purée one can1/4 cup peanut butter
30 oz cannellini beans two cans, drained
2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional toppings: fresh thyme, chopped avocado, green onions, shredded cheese
Optional seasoning: 1 tbsp of (cumin powder, onion powder, and garlic powder)


Finely chop the onion, carrots, celery and garlic cloves.

PHOTO: Ingredients to make pumpkin white bean chili in a pot.
Ingredients to make pumpkin white bean chili in a pot.


Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent. Stir in the garlic and sauté for 2 minutes more until fragrant.

Next, add in the carrots and celery, stirring occasionally until slightly softened.

Add in the ground meat, smoked paprika, red chili paste, black pepper and salt. Continue cooking until meat is no longer pink, about 6-8 minutes.

Next stir in the fresh thyme, pumpkin puree, peanut butter, beans and vegetable broth. Give it a good stir.

Cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for about 30 minutes. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper according to your taste.

Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl. Top with your favorite topping and serve immediately.

Crockpot or Slow Cooker

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, sauté until garlic is fragrant.

Stir in the chopped veggies, meat, and spices, cook until veggies are soft and meat is browned.

Transfer the browned meat mixture into the slow cooker. Add beans and fresh thyme. Pour in the pumpkin purée, peanut butter, and broth. Stir well.

Cover with lid and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Add your favorite topping on top and serve immediately.

Instant Pot

Set the pressure cooker to sauté mode. Heat oil and sauté onion and garlic until slightly golden brown.

Add in the chopped veggies, meat and spices. Mix well, breaking the meat apart with a wooden spoon until it is in small crumbles. Cook until browned about 7-8 minutes.

Add in the remaining ingredients. Cover and pressure cook for 10 minutes.

Once finished cooking, allow the cooker to release pressure naturally, about 15 minutes.

Unlock the lid and transfer to a large serving bowl. Top with desired favorite topping and serve warm.

Recipe reprinted courtesy of Rena Awada from Healthyfitnessmeals.