Comforting and warm, this easy to make Slow Cooker Paleo Pumpkin Chili with Turkey is a crowd pleaser for dinner, or perfect to feed the masses on gameday!
*This post is sponsored by Sprouts Farmers Market (how I love thee). All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Casa de Crews.
So here’s the thing: I love pumpkin puree, but the whole pumpkin-spiced craze isn’t for me. I’ve tried you guys, I really have, but it’s just not for me. I think it’s because while I enjoy sweets, I’m definitely more of a savory kind of girl, and adding canned pumpkin puree to a savory dish is more my style.
Have you ever added pumpkin puree to your chili? You guyssss, the canned pumpkin adds such a warm and rich hearty layer without even trying. Plus! The color is so festive, and screams, “fall!” I’ve teamed up with Sprouts to celebrate Crocktober with a comforting batch of my Slow Cooker Paleo Pumpkin Chili with Turkey.
I love making a batch of chili over the weekend to enjoy for Sunday Funday – because you know I’m all about that football food. But I also love love making chili on a Sunday to meal prep for the week ahead. To me, any chili is better the longer it simmers, allowing the flavors to come together, and so utilizing the slow-cooker for this Paleo Pumpkin Chili with Turkey is a no-brainer. Plus, the slow-cooker just feels like fall to me.
Shopping at Sprouts for all my chili ingredients was a must because they have everything I need to make this chilll-ay; canned pumpkin puree, canned tomatoes, ground turkey, and all the toppings! I snagged a handful of roasted pumpkin seeds from the bulk section at Sprouts (how I love thee), which was also on sale #holla
For the longest time, I did not add broth to my chili, but this recipe calls for a lot of tomato sauce, and the broth helps to cut the acidity, without compromising any flavor. I used bone broth, but any broth chicken or veggie or even turkey, will work here!
This Slow Cooker Paleo Pumpkin Chili with Turkey is a beanless chili, making it now only paleo and clean, but low-carb friendly and whole 30 compliant if you’re currently on the whole 30 diet.
I like to top my paleo pumpkin chili with fresh cilantro, diced avo, fresh lime, and pepitas! For a little cream, I drizzled in full fat coconut milk. Jason asked what the salad was on top of our chili, which ::eye roll:: but it’s pretty for garnish, and you’ll just want to mix it all in before digging in – with a big spoon. If you’re more into keto than paleo, you could use sour cream or Greek yogurt, as well as shredded cheddah. You do you.
If you’re making this Slow Cooker Paleo Pumpkin Chili with Turkey for football watching, definitely snag a bag of tortilla chips! Siete are a good option for paleo lovers.
items used to make this recipe:
slow cooker paleo pumpkin chili with turkey
- 1½ tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion - diced
- 4 garlic cloves - minced
- 1 bell pepper - diced (green or red)
- 2 lbs ground turkey - 93/7 suggested
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 1 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoons coriander
- 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
- 2- 14.5 oz. cans pumpkin puree
- 4 cups chicken broth - can also use veggie broth
- Salt and pepper - to taste
- pumpkin seeds, diced avocado, coconut cream, cilantro, jalapeno, for garnish - optional
- In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add onion and garlic; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until tender and fragrant.
- Working in batches if necessary, cook turkey in the same skillet over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles. Remove from skillet and transfer meat and onion/garlic combo to slow-cooker.
- To slow-cooker, stir in spices, crushed tomatoes, pumpkin, broth, bell pepper, salt and pepper. Mix well to combine.
- Cover with lid, and cook on low 6-8 hours. The longer it cooks, the richer the flavor!
- Serve with garnishes of choice (pumpkin seeds, avocado, coconut cream, jalapeno, etc.) and dig in. Can also be made in advance and will freeze well.
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