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Delicious Slow Cooker Meatless Chili with pumpkin, black beans & a secret ingredient!
This Chili! It has one of my favorite fall vegetable : PUMPKIN!! Yes today we are making meatless pumpkin & black bean chili that tastes like an authentic chili thanks to the secret ingredient here! Yes, you guessed it right – we are adding veggie crumbles from MorningStar Farms!At our place, Jerry loves eating MorningStar Farms veggie sausage links. When I first saw him eating those few years back, my immediate reaction was NO. But he forced me to take a bite and I must say after cooking them on skillet with little oil, they turned amazing. These are completely meatless so I find them great to have for breakfast once in a while. But I have never before cooked using these crumbles from MorningStar Farms but last time while visiting Chicago, I clearly remember eating some chili at my friend’s place. Now our friends are vegetarian so I wanted to know what was in the chili because it tasted so meaty and just like eating an authentic chili! She told me that the mysterious ingredient was these crumbles and since that day I have been wanting to try them and finally I did!
This PUMPKIN & BLACK BEAN NACHO CHILI is cooked slowly in slow cooker and towards the end, I add these which makes it super hearty and filling and not to mention healthy! I like to call it fall chili because well it has pumpkin ? and cinnamon and is a perfect cold weather comfort food! And then to make it extra decadent I like to top it on crunchy tortilla chips and add cheese because well cheese makes this world a better place! Best NACHO CHILI ever!
Can you believe it’s almost end of October?! It’s like time is flying and I want it to stay still so this holiday season never ends! Oh want to know an embarrassing fact? We have already started listening to christmas music and watching christmas movies! Is it way too early? Jerry also placed few lights around the house and it’s all Christmasy at our place!
Have you started planning your Christmas shopping yet? We finally decided what kind of tree decorations we want to do this year and I know this weekend I am going to be pinning tons of decoration ideas. #callmecrazy
Now go make this!
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- 1 tsp oil
- 6 garlic cloves, chopped
- ½ onion, chopped
- 2.5 cups cooked black beans
- 1 cup pumpkin puree ( NOT pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 + ⅓ cup tomato puree (you can use fresh or cans)
- 2 serrano peppers or as per taste, ground to paste
- Salt to taste
- 2 tsp cumin powder
- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp red chili powder
- 1 cup MorningStar Farms Griller Crumbles for meatless option
- ½ tsp cinnamon powder
- Shredded cheese for topping
- Chopped onion for topping
- Tortilla chips
- Tomatoes chopped for topping
- In a skillet, add 1 tsp oil. Once warm, add garlic & onion and saute for 4-6 mins. Now in the bowl of your slow cooker, add this sauteed mix along with black beans, pumpkin puree, tomato puree, serrano pepper paste, salt, cumin, water, red chili powder. Cover and cook on high for 1.5 - 2.5 hours.
- Uncover and using a hand blender, blend until coarsely smooth. Now add Morning Star Griller Crumbles and cinnamon and some more water if too thick. Cover and cook on high for another ½ hour or so. Taste and adjust seasonings.
- To serve, in a plate lay tortilla chips. Top them with warm pumpkin black bean chili, shredded cheese, tomatoes, onions & enjoy!
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Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice saysOctober 28, 2015 at 6:14 AM
I love those grillers crumbles, Ami! This sounds like the perfect dish to use that for. I’m loving that this is a slow cooker meal filled with hearty ingredients. Just perfect for the fall!
naivecookcooks saysOctober 28, 2015 at 12:47 PM
David @ Spiced saysOctober 28, 2015 at 7:27 AM
Pumpkin in chili? Now I’m intrigued…it sounds awesome! And I bet those Morning Star crumbles were perfect for this dish. Add in a bit of maple syrup, and you’ll become the Queen of Autumn. 🙂 I just replaced my slow cooker as ours has been broken for, oh, 3 years or so…so now I’m gathering yummy slow cooker recipes. And this is on the list!
naivecookcooks saysOctober 28, 2015 at 12:49 PM
Haha David you need to try this! I wasn’t sure how this will turn out but it ended up being really yummy! Having leftovers for lunch today and do make some cornbread to go with it!! Yes I recently bought my first ever slow cooker and I love it! Makes life so easy!!
Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen saysOctober 28, 2015 at 8:18 AM
Grillers crumbles sound divine, Ami. This is such an delicious looking and comfy chili. Perfect for a cold evening.
naivecookcooks saysOctober 28, 2015 at 12:52 PM
Thanks Anu! Hope you try this!!
Jessica - The Novice Chef saysOctober 28, 2015 at 7:46 PM
I keep seeing pumpkin chili around the blog-o-sphere and I have yet to try it! This is now a must make for me!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary saysOctober 29, 2015 at 8:33 AM
I love morning star products! This chili looks and sounds unbelievably delicious! LOVE the pumpkin and black beans in here! This is fall fabulous and seriously comforting! I’ll take a vat, please! 🙂 Cheers and thanks for sharing the YUM!
Brandie saysOctober 29, 2015 at 12:26 PM
This sounds so wonderful! I especially love all those spices you’ve put in this. Can’t wait to try it! #client
Denise @ Sweet Peas & Saffron saysOctober 29, 2015 at 10:21 PM
I’ve always wanted to try pumpkin chili! Looks so delicious!