I didn’t grow up eating pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. My mom would make pumpkin cheesecake. Instead of venturing into that (maybe later!), I decided to make pumpkin chili like I get at Loving Hut. Mine was much chunkier and it turned out really well. I combined so many recipes that I’ll share what I did, as I do consider it my own.
- 1 sweet potato, diced
- 1 sweet onion, chopped
- 15 oz. diced tomatoes
- 15 oz. pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup dried chickpeas, soaked and simmered
- 1/2 cup dried kidney beans, cooked
- 1/2 cup bulgur
- 1 cup water or broth, or more, for desired consistency (I used the sweet potato boiling water)
- 2 Tablespoons chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or small amounts of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice)
- A shake of cayenne, or more if you like it hot. Chipotles or fresh peppers might be good here, too.
This was pretty simple. My beans were prepared, so I boiled the sweet potatoes and sauteed the onions, then just combined everything else and cooked until heated through and the bulgur is done.
I wanted to take photos of the cooking in-progress, but unless you need to see my chopped onions or my sweet potato cubes, this is pretty much it. This was a quick and easy chili that was delicious. I like the two kinds of beans and the sweet-heat, as well as the chunks of sweet potatoes.
So, am I pumpkin convert? Maybe. What’s your favorite thing to do with pumpkin? Or, do you fall for peer pressure?