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Easy Pumpkin Black Bean Chili

A can of pumpkin and a handful of other ingredients is all you need for this warming, comforting pumpkin black bean chili.
4.6 from 10 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 5
Calories: 219kcal


  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil
  • 1 yellow onion peeled and diced
  • 1 jalapeño trimmed and minced
  • 16 ounces mushrooms trimmed and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper trimmed and diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Cobanero chili flakes or use 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder optional
  • 14.5- ounce can cherry tomatoes or crushed tomatoes
  • 15- ounce can pumpkin purée
  • 15- ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups vegetable stock or water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For serving:

  • Mexican crema or sour cream
  • Cilantro


Cook the onions:

  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook for 5–6 minutes until it begins to soften. Add the jalapeño and cook for 2 more minutes.

Cook the mushrooms:

  • Add the mushrooms and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for 12–14 minutes until the mushrooms completely release their liquid and that liquid evaporates. They should be golden brown and there should be no liquid in the pot. Season liberally with salt and pepper.

Bloom the spices:

  • Create a well in the middle of the mushrooms. Melt the butter into the well and add the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, Cobanero chili flakes, and cocoa powder. Allow it to sizzle for 30 seconds before tossing the spices with the mushrooms for an additional 30-45 seconds until fragrant.

Simmer the chili:

  • Add the tomatoes, pumpkin, black beans, and stock or water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30–45 minutes until thickened. Taste and season to your preferences.

To serve:

  • Ladle the chili into bowls and garnish with crema and cilantro. Sprinkle with more Cobanero chili flakes, if you like. Enjoy!


Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 406mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 40mg
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