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White Bean and Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with their families! We just got back from Arizona and had so much fun being with our family. If you are on Instagram, you can see all my Thanksgiving pictures from the week HERE.

If you still have leftover Thanksgiving turkey or even if you don’t chicken works great too, you’ve got to make my chili this week. It’s comfort food in a bowl. Don’t be afraid of the pumpkin, it makes the chili thick and perfectly flavorful. I promise it doesn’t taste like pumpkin pie ๐Ÿ™‚

Be sure before you go to check out my friend Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod’s new Cookie eCookbook. For cyber Monday it’s only $0.99.

Have a beautiful Monday and be sure to come back tomorrow for a BIG giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

You’ll start by sauteeing your veggies until softened, about 10 minutes.

Add your leftover turkey or chicken breast.

Stir in your chicken broth.

Stir in your pumpkin puree and a touch of cream is optional ๐Ÿ™‚

Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt and ground cumin and let simmer until ready to serve! Simple and delicious.


White Bean and Turkey Pumpkin Chili


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 cups cooked shredded turkey or chicken
  • 32 ounces reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (optional)
  • 2 15 ounce cans drained white beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Lawry’s Garlic Salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin


  1. Heat oil in a large dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Saute onion, carrots and celery for about 10 minutes, until slightly softened. Stir in garlic and cook for an additional minute. Stir in cooked turkey or chicken, chicken broth, cream, pumpkin, beans, salt, pepper, garlic salt and cumin. Cook and stir until hot, about 15 minutes then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer on very low until ready to serve.

Makes 8 Servings

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  1. 1

    Looks great! I made a pumpkin chili this fall and I just loved the earthy flavor it added.

  2. 2

    Pumpkin + chili is a great combo! And I saw Bridget make your bars – hubba hubba, they look fabulous!

  3. 3

    I’m so excited you invited me over! Oh….


  4. 4

    I totally deserve this, since I just had a baby and all. When are you bringing it over?

  5. 5
    TidyMom says:

    I would have never thought of pumpkin in my chili! I love this!

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  7. 7

    What a great non-traditional way to use up leftover turkey! I’m extremely bummed I don’t have any…

  8. 8
    Rachel Cooks says:

    Love this! What a great use of leftovers. Yum!!

  9. 9
    Maria says:

    Thanks for the shout out! Love pumpkin in chili! xo

  10. 10
    carrian says:

    That looks far too delicious. Wish I would have saved the turkey to make this!

  11. 11
    Madeleine says:

    Love this! Everyone always thinks pumpkin is only good in baked goods, but I love it in savoury dishes too!

  12. 12
    Monica Ray says:

    Thank you for the great recipe, I made it for dinner tonight with our leftover turkey and it was delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ A perfect dish for a chilly Portland night. Thanks again!

  13. 13

    What a fantastic way to use up all those leftovers, Jenny!

  14. 14

    I can only eat so many turkey sandwiches, so this looks perfect for the leftover turkey!!!

  15. 15
    April says:

    Thank you for the wonderful chili recipe – it was GREAT! My leftover turkey has spoiled – discovered in the middle of making this chili – thankfully I had a couple of cans of Costco chicken in the pantry – which I had been kicking myself for buying -who uses that! Now I do! This came out so good and my whole family liked it. I served it with a sweet cornbread (like cake!) muffins.

    • 15.1
      Kathy says:

      April, I keep the canned chicken on hand because you can use it in ANY recipe that calls for chicken. It makes wonderful chicken salad, and it makes recipes really easy to have your chicken already “prepared”..

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    Jessica says:

    This looks amazing Jenny! I have no idea how you are doing it with a new baby, but I want to come over for dinner at your house! …I’ll baby sit and do the dishes! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. 17
    Emily says:

    Made this last night and it was delicious! Would have ended up tossing out most of our leftover turkey if I hadn’t found this. Thanks for the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Julie Armel says:

    I am seriously making this tomorrow night. I have all the ingredients on hand already, just need to soak the beans (mine are dried, not canned). Yummy!

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    Jamie says:

    This looks and sounds delicious! I guess I’ll have to make another turkey so I can try it out, lol.

  20. 20

    What a great way to use Turkey Day leftovers! Looks fantastic!

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