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Curried Turkey Pumpkin Chili

curried pumpkin chili

First of all, my photo does not do this recipe justice. I forgot to get a photo of mine before I started eating it, so this heavily tortilla chipped version is a quick snap of my husband’s bowl. This is SO easy

I used frozen ground turkey and just dumped everything in and stirred. Once the turkey started to thaw, I crumbled it up with a wooden spatula and let it continue to cook.


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 small diced onion
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can pumpkin purée
  • 1 4oz can diced green chilies
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 15oz can white beans, rinsed and drained


Dump everything in the crockpot on low. Let the turkey cook a little, then crumble up into pieces. Alternatively, you can precook the turkey in a pan and add cooked, crumbled turkey to the crockpot and cook for less time. Mine cooked about 6 hours.



I live my life in a continual state of hunger. I really don’t understand people that forget to eat. How in the world did you FORGET to eat lunch/breakfast/etc?? All I do all day is think about the next thing I’m going to eat and patiently wait for that time to come. For instance, I just had a snack and I can’t wait until 11am when I feel like it is socially expectable to have lunch. I’m going to tear up some left over spaghetti and meat sauce. I may even throw in a side salad, welcome to the Olive Garden.

I really try to stay healthy(ish) when it comes to snacking. Popcorn, hummus, apples, grapes, toast and jam… My latest love is my quick fake-out deviled eggs. They are SO good and they take away my ravaging hunger for a while. I take a hard boiled egg and cut it in half. Smear on just a tiny bit of Olive oil mayonnaise (because I guess the olive oil kind is better for you?) then I sprinkle on a little bit of my favorite – Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Seasoning. That stuff is what dreams are made of. I always keep boiled eggs on hand, they are a family favorite. We even peel them and bring them in the cooler on road trips. Protein on the go!


Instant Pot – here goes nothing

Soo… I broke down and bought an Instant Pot. I know that I am a little late to the game, I actually bought it for myself after Christmas since the new ones have gone on sale. I am both scared and excited to use it. I REALLY hope I don’t blow my face off trying to make some beef stew.

I’ve been scouring Pinterest for any and every Instant Pot recipe that I can find. I even added a new board to my already overloaded account JUST for Instant Pot recipes. I also ran out to the bookstore and bought these two books. They are both really good. If I had to pick one, it would be “How to Instant Pot”. Very informative and shows you how to translate your crockpot meals to pressure cooker meals thereby cutting the time in a third! Yay!

I haven’t yet cooked anything in it, but I wanted to share a few links to some recipes that I am particularly excited to get started on.

  1. Beef Stew (always a favorite)
  2. French Dip (this looks insane.)
  3. Chicken Taco bowls (I love anything with the word “bowl” in it)
  4. 10 Minute Baked Potato Soup (did someone say 10 minutes?)
  5. Brisket Sliders (shut the front door)
  6. Mac and Cheese (for the kids, right?)
  7. Beef Gyros (I’m so hungry right now)