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Last night Greg made my pumpkin-cocoa chili and two things struck home. 1. This chili is damn good and we need to make it more often. 2. This recipe needs to be archived somewhere other than a single piece of paper in a binder in my kitchen. Plus, you all might enjoy this chili, too. It’s super healthy, very filling, and tastes amazing. It’s also Weight Watchers friendly for the Simply Filling plan (which is why I developed this recipe in the first place). It’s made of good, whole foods and tastes great as leftovers. There’s really nothing not to love about my pumpkin-cocoa chili.

Pumpkin-Cocoa Chili — Healthy & Delicious!

Rating: 51

Pumpkin-Cocoa Chili Recipe | Healthy | Weight Watchers Simply Filling | JenuineMom.com

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 10 servings

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories per serving: 280 per serving / 2880 per pot

Fat per serving: 7g per serving / 67g per pot

Pumpkin-Cocoa Chili — Healthy & Delicious!

Here's a hearty dish to warm you up on a cold night! The cocoa powder and smoked paprika gives the chili a more complex, richer taste, as well as a wonderful color.


  • 2 T. healthy oil (I used sunflower oil)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb. ground turkey, extra lean beef, or tofurky
  • 1 30oz. can of diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 15oz. can of pumpkin
  • 1 15oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 1 15oz. can of pinto beans, drained
  • 1 15oz. can of black beans, drained
  • 1 bag of frozen whole kernel corn
  • 1 4 oz. can of diced green chiles (optional -- I don't use 'em)
  • 8 oz. of chicken broth (half of a 15 oz. can)
  • 1 T. cumin
  • 1 t. smoked paprika
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 T. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 t. ground black pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add chopped onion and garlic and cook for 5-7 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add ground meat and brown. Drain. Add the remaining ingredients and stir everything well. Bring chili to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook chili at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook the chili longer for more flavor. If the chili seems too thick, just add more broth or water to achieve desired consistency. Serve the chili over brown rice, couscous, or whole wheat pasta and top with cheese and/or sour cream (fat or no fat).


Makes plenty of leftovers, perfect for lunches.


Makes 10 servings (1 cup per serving).

Calories: 280/serving
Protein: 18g/serving
Fiber: 12g/serving
Fat: 6.7g/serving

Great source of vitamin A, thiamin, zinc, and copper!

Pumpkin-Cocoa Chili Recipe | Healthy | Weight Watchers Simply Filling | JenuineMom.com

We ate our pumpkin-cocoa chili over Barilla ProteinPLUS pasta, which is a multigrain pasta with chickpeas, lentils, and egg whites. In all the years I’ve been using it, my daughter has yet to notice it’s not “regular pasta,” and we all get 10g of protein per serving. Protein is a big deal for my daughter and I—we are sensitive to a lack of it, and strive daily to have enough. The pasta and chili together give us 28g of protein per serving, which is great!

Pumpkin-Cocoa Chili Recipe | Healthy | Weight Watchers Simply Filling | JenuineMom.com

By the way, totally off topic here — I just love my camera. Looks at these pretty shots it took with very little effort! I saw the chili on the table, said, “Ooh, I should take a photo and put the recipe on the blog,” got out the camera, and took pictures. There’s no fancy lighting, and in fact our dining room is “romantically” lit with just an overhead light on a dimmer switch. I didn’t fuss with the food or bowl or spoon or anything. Sure, it’s not as pretty as some food shots I’ve seen, but the food looks delicious, which is what I think really matters.

If you make the pumpkin-cocoa chili, please let me know what you think! And check out all of my other healthy recipes: cornbread, ham and cheese pizza, mashed potatoes, lasagna, breakfast casserole, oatmeal-banana cookies, mini crepes, chocolate frosty, banana pancakes, and protein balls.



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  1. The pumpkin sounds so unexpected but it would add some great flavor! What a great recipe for Winter weeknights. My Husband would love it!

  2. this seems really interesting. I never would have thought to add pumpkin into chili. I always thought of pumpkin as a sweet additive, but it would probably be really good in a savory dish as well.

  3. This looks and sounds amazing! What an interesting combination! And I have never tried chili on pasta before, that is really interesting to me, and I might have to see if my kids like it too.

  4. This reminds me of Cincinnati chili. Have you heard of that? But, it looks really good and I always love chili in the cooler temps. ALthough now in Cleveland its like 60′. What is going on? haha

  5. I found the secret of adding cocoa to chili from a friend 3 years ago and never looked back. It just gives chili such a richer deeper flavor!

  6. Oh wow! This looks delicious! I love chili but I’ve never had a pumpkin chili before! I can’t wait to try it! I always make a ton of pumpkin dishes in the fall and I try to keep the pumpkin dishes coming throughout the year!

  7. So I have used cocoa and I have used pumpkin in chili, but never both! What a delicious idea! We love chili, it’s a weekly staple since it makes so much!

  8. Chili with pumpkin in it sounds super strange to me I have never heard of it. But the pictures you included actually look really good!

  9. Wow! I thought i was the only one using cocoa and pumpkin in my chili. I have not tried this with the cocoa and pumpkin, since I just started the pumpkin chili this past winter but I also like to add a dash of cinnamon for another layer of flavor. I must try your chili recipe comes next winter. Thanks

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