Every Try Chili With Pumpkin?

The calendar does not say Winter, but it is snowy and cold already. That means we’re looking for some meals to warm us up. Also, you may be looking for something to bring to a holiday party. winter

It is tough to beat chili. chili

We discovered pumpkin chili and it is now in our meal rotation. Wow, does it taste great, but it also has lots of health benefits. Pumpkin is packed with nearly 20% of the recommended amount of daily vitamin C, it helps keep your skin healthy and it improves your immune system.jack

In place of the meat, you use tempeh. For all of you who don’t know, tempeh is made from soybeans. It is high in protein and fiber.tempeh

The recipe will take you about 30 minutes to prepare and then a few hours in the slow cooker. If you use fresh pumpkin it will probably take you a little longer.

Worried that your non-vegan friends won’t be interested in it? No need to worry, one bite and they will be hooked. Actually don’t even tell them there is no meat in it. They probably won’t even notice.

We probably have it at least once a month during the cold winter months.petersons

Enjoy the holidays and that vegan thing.


1 – package of tempeh
1 – medium onion, chopped
1 – cup canned pumpkin or chop up some fresh pumpkin in small pieces.
1 – 28 oz. can diced stewed tomatoes
1- 15 oz. can kidney or black beans, drained & rinsed
1 – 12 oz. bottle of chili sauce
1-2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper


In a crock pot, combine all ingredients and slow cook on low for 3-4 hours.
On the stove in a soup pot, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer and for 1 hour.
Serve with your favorite chili toppings except cheese and sour cream because then it wouldn’t be vegan ( they do make vegan substitutions though)

Jeff Peterson

About Jeff Peterson

Jeff Peterson anchors Good Day Maine on CBS 13 from 4:30-7:00a.m and on FOX 23 from 7:00-8:00am. Back in 2012, he decided to become vegan. Jeff has lost over 50 pounds and his cholesterol has dropped dramatically. Besides having kids, It's the best decision he's ever made.