Hearty Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili

Chili is an easy way to sneak in protein-packed beans and vegetables while still delivering a hearty taste. This healthy...
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Chili is an easy way to sneak in protein-packed beans and vegetables while still delivering a hearty taste. This healthy chili recipe uses pumpkin as a base for a unique take on a classic cold-weather dish.

Notes

For toppings you can use shredded cheese, cilantro, chopped onion, jalapeños, avocado, and tortilla strips.

Ingredients

  • 1  Tablespoon  olive oil
  • yellow onion, chopped
  • carrot, chopped
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • 1  Tablespoon  tamari
  • 3  Tablespoons  mild chili powder
  • 1  Teaspoon  ground cumin
  • can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 1/2  cups puréed pumpkin
  • cups vegetable broth
  • can black beans
  • 1  Tablespoon  lime juice

Directions

In a large soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, and bell pepper and sauté them until they begin to brown, about five minutes.

Stir in the garlic and spices and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in the tomatoes, pumpkin, broth, and beans. Reduce the heat then cover, and let that simmer together for about 15 minutes.

Turn off the heat and stir in the lime juice. Serve right away with your favorite toppings.

Vegetarian Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Vegetarian Cooking Tip

Different vegetables have different cooking times – cook each type separately and then combine.

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