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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili Recipe!

This is one of my favorite recipes! And I can honestly say that it is the ONE cooking award that I have ever won!

slow cooker pumpki chili

About 6 years ago we had a neighborhood retreat where we all brought a Fall Chili recipe and they gave out prizes. So I brought my Pumpkin Chili ….. And. I. won. So fun!!

I have been promising the recipe ever since. And what I love about this recipe is that it is SUPER easy too. The pumpkin doesn’t really make the chili taste sweet but it gives the soup a nice thick texture.

Here’s how to make my Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili: 

chili ingredients


1 can 26 ounces of tomato sauce

1 can 27 ounces of diced tomatoes

2 cans of kidney or black beans, drained and rinsed.

2 lbs spicy sausage

1 medium red onion

1 each – red, yellow and green bell peppers, chopped and diced.

1 can of green chilis (optional)

2 T. Chili Powder

8 oz. Pumpkin puree

Sour Cream, Chives and Cheese to garnish.

Easy and Delicious Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili


  • Brown the sausage with the chopped onions until meat is cooked through and onions are soft.
  • Then return the meat and onions to the slow cooker.
  • Then add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and rinsed beans to the meat mixture in the slow cooker.
  • Add the green, red and yellow peppers, chili powder, pumpkin puree and mix it up and put it on HIGH setting for 4-5 hours.
  • Serve into bowls and top with a dollop of sour cream and some chives. YUM!!

That’s it!!

What is YOUR favorite FALL recipe! 

Let me know in the comments!

Have a Happy Day!! 


You will love smelling the chili cooking – it’s divine!! 


  1. Jaclyn Bruno says:

    I made this on Saturday for my in laws and everyone loved it! I did turkey and a little bit of spicy sausage- the touch of sausage with the peppers really made it! Also, I did 15oz pumpkin and it was perfect! Definitely will make again!

  2. Julie Anderson says:

    Hi! Is it supposed to be 8 oz. of pumpkin or 28 oz. The recipe says 8 but the picture shows a large can.

  3. I made this yesterday but used ground beef. It was
    Super good! Will be making this again!

  4. This is in the crockpot right now! I love pumpkin everything so thanks for giving me a savory new dish to show off to the girls at work!

  5. This is delicious! I am so glad I found this recipe and your blog!

  6. My neighborhood had a chili cook-off which I wasn’t going to participate in. I came across this recipe and thought I would try it since it sounded a bit different. I thought it was a bit bland, so added garlic and salt. Guess what? I won $75!!

  7. I made this and it tastes just great. I can’t wait to make it for my next pot luck, thanks so much for the recipe. Make it, you won’t be sorry!

  8. This looks so yummy. One question, spicy italian sauage or breakfast sausage? Thanks!

    • I made this for dinner using mild italian sausage. I had a bowl for lunch before it even got started in the crockpot. Here’s to hoping my husband likes it jsut as much. The boys can just eat the candy corn quesadillas, right?

  9. This sounds delish!! Thanks for sharing! Just wondering if you think I could freeze this? Maybe brown the meat and then add everything else, then freeze? What do you think?

  10. Would it taste ok if you put one can of black and one can of kidney bean?

  11. This is in the crockpot getting ready for dinner tonight. DH just had a taste and pronounced it “really good.” (And he used to be quite the chili maker). Thanks for the recipe; it’s definitely a keeper!

  12. This is such an interesting recipe. I’m always looking for slow-cooker recipes and this one sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing it.

  13. P.S. I just shared a chili a few days ago that a friend shared with me that wins awards–Chocolate Chili! I checked it for this comment;)
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  14. Excited to try this–just pinned!
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  15. betty wojnar says:

    I’m going to make this as soon as I get to the grocery store!

  16. YUM! I just made a pumpkin soup too! Its a potato, pumpkin and pesto and it was amazing! Looking forward to posting it next week :o) Emily@nap-timecreations

  17. OMG I have to try this – so amazing looking. My mouth is watering. Thanks for sharing some pumpkin love!
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  18. Can’t really see myself venture too far from my traditional recipe (which is also award winning), but if I do feel like spicing things up, I might have to try this one. It looks great!

  19. This looks fabulous! Anything in a crock pot, you can count me in! Can’t wait to try this – pinning it now! :)

  20. I never would have thought to combine pumpkin and chili. Yum! This is going on the meal plan next week!
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  21. spudsinohio@yahoo.com says:

    I’m so excited to try this. Thursday will be the day. Thank you, thank you!!
    BTW-your napkin is darling.

  22. This sounds delicious! Will try it soon! My favorite fall recipe is a chicken tortilla soup made in the crock pot. You can use frozen chicken breasts…love that.


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