Slow Cooker Crockpot Turkey White Bean Chili with pumpkin

This recipe was originally published in October 2012, but I’m bringing it back because it’s so good. 

This recipe is delicious! I admit, I was a little leery when I read that it had pumpkin in it. I’m not a huge savory pumpkin flavor fan – but Jenny who submitted the recipe for Crock-tober assured me you can’t taste the pumpkin. She was right! It gives it a brilliant orangish fall color and makes it creamer than other chili variations that I’ve tried. Plus you can sneak in some “vegetables” for your kids.

I used my homemade pumpkin puree that was super easy to make (shown frozen flat in the photo above).


2 pounds of ground turkey

1/2 tsp olive oil

1 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon, chili powder

2 bay leaves

2 teaspoon, cumin

1 teaspoon, oregano

2 cans white northern beans or navy beans (15 oz), rinsed and drained

2 cups chicken broth

15 oz pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin filling)
Make your own with a $0.99 Sugar Pumpkin – here’s my tutorial for homemade pumpkin puree. I actually threw my into the crockpot frozen, since I had frozen the puree in 1 cup increments.

4.0 oz – 4.5 oz canned chopped green chili

salt and pepper to taste

Optional garnishes: chopped cilantro, chives, sour cream, avocados, chips


  1. Heat a large saute pan over high heat and lightly spray with oil. Add ground turkey and cook, at least five minutes, until lightly browned.
  2. Add cooked turkey to slow cooker
  3. Add all the other ingredients to the slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook on high for four (4) hours or low for eight (8) hours
  5. Remove bay leaves, adjust seasoning to taste and serve!

This recipe was sent in by Jenny W as part of our Crock-tober series – so she’ll get a $10 Amazon gift card! Send in your recipe and if I feature your recipe on the blog you’ll get a $10 Amazon gift card! (Source: Skinny Taste)

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  1. My family tried this last week and loved it! It’s always good when I can get my three year old to eat veggies with no complaints. This is totally not spicy, so my spice loving family added a little cayenne too.

  2. This is delicious. I cooked it twice already.

  3. Just want to confirm…is that right 4 cans of chopped green chilies? 4 seems like a lot.

  4. I meant to put

  5. I think you forgot to make the measurement for the chicken broth.

  6. How much chicken broth? Looks yummy and I just puréed a bunch of pumpkin!

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