Pumpkin what?

No guesses on what I planned to make from my homemade pumpkin puree? Not one of you? Then it looks like I’ll have to show you.

I used it to make a big, delicious pot of pumpkin chili.


Yes it sounds weird, but it’s really good. I promise! The secret recipe I used came from one of my cousins, but you can turn almost any chili recipe into pumpkin chili simply by replacing some (or all) of the tomato sauce or puree with the same amount of pumpkin puree. You don’t have to make your own pumpkin puree, canned works just as well.

Not only does substituting pumpkin for some of the tomato products add nutritional punch to an already pretty healthy dish, it lowers the acidity of chili, making it a nice alternative for people who have problems eating acidic foods.

The recipe I used is particularly colorful since it uses red kidney beans, black beans and pinto beans and has red, green and yellow peppers – plus lots of jalapenos.

I’ve heard of people adding anything from chocolate to whiskey to chili, so pumpkin really isn’t that strange. What’s the most unusual ingredient you’ve added to chili, and how did it turn out?


About Paula Hendrickson

I'm a full-time freelance writer with an addiction to yarn, cooking and all kinds of crafty things. I come from a long line of creative and entrepreneurial types on both sides of the family, making creativity almost like competitive pursuit.

Posted on January 18, 2013, in cooking, Family, food, pumpkins and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Okra does wonders for any pot of stew or soup – even chili! And so healthy, too 🙂 http://cookupastory.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/little-annie-okra/

  2. Chocolate. And it was fabulous. Not surprising, since mole sauce has cocoa in it, but what a treat!

  3. Well, well, well … the Luddite has a blog. Well, hey! (And the chili sounds pretty darn good.)

    • Paula Hendrickson

      Scary, isn’t it? I was only 5-10 years behind the curve on starting the blog. That’s as close to cutting edge as I get. Unless you’re talking about the big knife I used to cut up the poor pumpkin.

      • You’re to be congratulated. I’m at the other end of the spectrum, not quite sure why I keep the blog/Web site going. In all the years I have, I’ve gotten one client.

  4. Paula Hendrickson

    I don’t blog to lure clients (if that happens it’s a side benefit). I had so much fun blogging for Patons Yarns that I wanted to start one of my own.

    There are already so many great blogs about writing I decided to go the opposite direction and focus on one of my favorite things: taking a bunch of disparate items and making something cool. The best part is it spans a lot of really interesting (to me!) subjects.

    …..and I get to post photos of some of my crazy projects.

  5. I know a few writing blog writers who’ve had their posts pop up on other sides, word-for-word. There are also a few unscrupulous self-professed “writing experts” who seem to do little more than scan successful blogs, steal posts (changing a few words and examples to make it look original) and then try to lure readers from the original blog to their site by claiming, “I just posted something on the same topic – check it out!” As if the readers wouldn’t notice it’s basically the same post.

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