Friday, November 21, 2014

Slow Cooker Bean, Quinoa and Pumpkin Chili

Many, many years ago I met a good looking guy at a gas station. He was SO cute and I wanted to impress him with my baking.

Fall was in the air and I knew my pumpkin bread was a winner so I made him a loaf. 

Years later I found out that the cute guy didn't like pumpkin but sure loved everything else I cooked.

Now you wonder why am I making pumpkin chili?

The love of my life and I went to Olive Garden and I brought home almost all of my meal. He's going to have the pasta tonight and I'll have the chili.

It's all about compromise.

I made a few changes to the original recipe. The original recipe calls for 3 cans of beans, I added 2. 

Quinoa is a favorite and Gabe dislikes it along with the pumpkin so it was all mine to enjoy.

 I added 1/2 cup quinoa which I cooked in 1 cup of chicken broth. When the quinoa was cooked I set it aside and added it to the crockpot the last 1/2 hour of cooking the chili.

Recipe adapted from AGGIE'S Kitchen


3 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 – 2 sweet yellow or orange pepper, chopped( used green peppers)
3 cups broth (vegetable or chicken)
3 cans beans of your choice( I used 2 cans, 1 15 ounce can of black beans and 115 ounce can of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 15 ounce can pure pumpkin
1 14.5 can diced tomatoes, undrained ( used diced Fire- Roasted)
2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin( used 2 teaspoons)
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons oregano
good pinch salt and pepper( didn't use)
Greek yogurt or sour cream, for serving( added shredded cheese on top to serve- use a cheese of your choice)


In a large frying pan saute the onion and garlic in olive oil.In the original recipe she didn't saute and added the onion and garlic directly to the crockpot.

Once the onion and garlic are cooked add to the crockpot along with the rest of the ingredients and cook for 3 to 4 hours on a low setting ( my crockpot runs hot) or until thoroughly heated. 

I love adding cheese to chili but Greek yogurt or sour cream can be added when serving.

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  1. Awwww....what a sweet story and this recipe looks so good. Very healthy. I am going to put this on my list of makes.

  2. Ohhhh these guys....the things they do for us when we're dating. Bob hated spinach and one of the first meals I made him was stuffed shells with spinach in the ricotta filling. He ate it and said how good they are-it was only LATER (AFTER we were married) that he hated spinach. OOPS! 30 years later he does eat it in SOME things. Guess taste buds can change. Doesn't sound like Gabe's will, huh Linda? :)

    That chili looks delicious and is something I know we'd love. Bet it smells good cooking in the slow cooker all day. Mmmmmmmm...........

    1. I love it when I'm home and the kids come over- they love the smell when something is in the crockpot! They always want to stay for dinner!

  3. I never would of thought to add pumpkin to chili. I love it, but it doesn't love me. Hmm I know that pumpkin settles a dogs tummy, wonder if it would do the same for me. That would be great since I Love chili. On my list to try too!

    1. You know me Cyndy I always love to try new stuff!

  4. This sounds delicious! I've been wanting to try quinoa in a chili, pinning! Visiting from Inspiration Monday :)

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, hope to see you again.

  5. Looks delicious!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  6. This recipe looks amazing, I am a pinning it for sure. I can't get enough pumpkin recipes, thank you for sharing with us. Stopping by from the Saturday Sharefest.

    1. Thanks! I hope you enjoy it.


  7. This sounds and looks so delicious!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  8. Never heard of pumpkin chili before. Wow, something unique to try!
    Here from TUT.

  9. This is an interesting one! Thank you for sharing! :)

    1. Something different! It was good.

  10. How delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

  11. That's when you know someone is in love, when they don't tell you they don't like something ;-) Your Chili sounds delicious, really flavourful and so wholesome too. Thank you for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  12. What a lovely story!😍 And this looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing!