This Vegan Pumpkin Chili is hearty, healthy and tasty. Filled with white beans, vegan beef crumbles, veggies and plenty of seasonings. The Fall recipe you need to try!
Pumpkin in chili might sound like a strange combo. But I promise you, it is the chili ingredient you've been missing out on! It adds a deeper flavor, a creamy texture and a healthy dose of fiber. Plus, can we ever say no to pumpkin in October? I think not.
How to make Vegan Pumpkin Chili
This chili is incredibly simple, and starts with the basic chili components. Oil, onion & garlic. Let that cook down for a couple of minutes, then add in the vegan beef crumble and all of the seasonings. Get ready for your house to smell ridiculously delicious.
After that cooks for another couple minutes, it's time to add everything else - white beans, pumpkin puree, green chiles, tomato paste, broth and bay leaves. Bring it to a boil, cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
While that's cooking, feel free to whip up a batch of my Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins.
How to serve Vegan Pumpkin Chili
Once you've let the chili flavors come together, remove the bay leaves and give it one last taste. Adjust any of the seasonings you need to, and serve it up.
Some topping options are vegan sour cream, non-dairy yogurt, chives, green onion, corn chips, tortilla chips, avocado.
Make this on a Sunday night and eat the leftovers for lunch throughout the week. This recipe screams Fall and October in a bowl...but, savory, of course.
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Vegan Pumpkin Chili
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small yellow onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic diced
- 12 ounces vegan beef crumbles or sub cooked lentils
- 4.5 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon coriander
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
- 2 15-ounce cans white beans drained and rinsed
- 7 ounces pumpkin puree
- 1 4-ounce can green chiles
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 cups broth*
- 2 bay leaves
- salt if needed
- cornbread, chives, vegan sour cream, corn chips, avocado, green onion optional toppings
- Add the oil to a stock pot over medium heat. Add the onion & garlic and cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the vegan beef crumbles and all of the seasonings. Cook down for another few minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add the beans, pumpkin, green chiles, tomato paste, broth and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, cover, lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Remove the bay leaves. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve hot, with any of the optional toppings.
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Jesse A Dresbach
Well, you've done it again! This was a VERY good chili! It was different than the classic chili taste that so many recipes have, which I liked a lot! Nice to have some variety in chili recipes. I went with lentils over the beef, was serving to a mixed diet crowd and you know how some of the meat eaters get with "fake" meats (for some reason!) - I did take 1 liberty and added maybe 6 mushrooms finely chopped - during the sauté stage. We doubled the recipe FYI.
This is a new favorite chili, I loved it!
Hi Jesse - those sound like great adds! So glad you all liked it!
I have no pumpkin so I going to sub mashed yam! Yummmmmmm I can't wait to make this! Your recipes are my favorite....
Ohhhhh yum! I love the idea of yams in place of the pumpkin! Enjoy!