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Creamy Turkey Pumpkin Chili

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Fall comfort food to love! Creamy pumpkin turkey chili simmers with ground turkey, canned pumpkin, spices and tender white cannellini beans. This easy recipe makes an incredibly tasty soul-warming bowl. Stovetop or pressure cooker variations included.

An overhead image showing a gray pottery bowl filled with pumpkin white bean chili with ground turkey, along with a napkin and spoon on the side.

Turkey, pumpkin, chili. Maybe it’s a lucky coincidence those three ingredients go together so perfectly!

Those separate words instantly conjure up a scene from the season called “Fall”. Especially if you were to throw in a chunky sweater, your favorite latte and a dash of cinnamon spice.

Putting the actual things together turns out pretty darn tasty.

Ingredients for turkey pumpkin chili

Like traditional chili recipes, the ingredient list looks long. The spices! The vegetables! The proteins! But once you get everything together in the pot, I promise this dish is a one-dish deal that cooks in less than 30 minutes. We all need a delicious and easy weeknight recipe, right?

  • Ground turkey: I usually choose dark (thigh) meat because it’s fattier (and therefore tastier), but of course you can use ground turkey breast if you prefer.
  • More options: Instead of turkey, try ground chicken, pork or even a vegetarian sausage.
  • Vegetables: Carrot, celery and onion. You can often buy these prepped and pre-chopped to save time.
  • Canned white beans: Cannellini beans are my first choice. They have a plump shape and creamy texture I love. You can substitute with any small white bean such as navy beans or even pinto beans.
  • Canned pumpkin puree: Make sure it’s unsweetened puree, not the pie filling.
  • Spices: You need ground coriander, cumin and paprika along with a large pinch of red chili flakes.
  • Fresh herbs: Fresh herbs make a huge difference. If you can find the classic Thanksgiving trio of fresh rosemary, sage and thyme, use all three! Dry herbs are fine to use, too, but use half the amount listed in the recipe — 1 1/2 teaspoons.
  • Chicken broth: Go for a low-sodium broth or use vegetable broth instead if you want to make this a vegetarian meal.
  • Heavy cream: I’m gonna be honest. You don’t need heavy cream. The cooked chili has a beautiful creamy texture already from the pumpkin puree and the white beans. But just a few tablespoons to finish the dish makes this even more silky and comforting! If dairy isn’t your thing, try a full-fat oat milk or other unsweetened dairy substitute.

Adding pumpkin to chili

Pumpkin gets along really well with white beans, chili spices and turkey. Are you surprised?

And no, adding pumpkin to turkey chili does NOT make it taste like dessert. Pumpkin in chili is surprisingly subtle tasting. Think creamy butternut squash soup or smooth coconut sweet potato soup. Pumpkin puree also turns this chili a vibrant (gorgeous) shade of orange.

I’m in love with the combination of velvety winter squash and savory flavors — Pumpkin Pasta in Parmesan Garlic Cream Sauce is an example what I’m talking about.

In this dish, canned pumpkin puree adds subtle sweetness, creamy texture and deep color to the base of a hearty soup.

A photo of a white Dutch oven with a serving spoon, full of a chili made with pumpkin puree, turkey and white beans.

Recipes using pumpkin tend to veer toward the sweet side of the menu, but it’s just as great (if not better) in savory dishes, too.

As a side note, did you know that most canned pumpkin is actually produced from a variety of hard winter squash that looks nothing like the perky orange ones decorating front stoops?

Classic decorative jack o’ lanterns are often watery, stringy and not very delicious to eat, it turns out. That’s fine, though. This recipe, at the very least, is fantastic way to use up those cans of pumpkin puree.

In my experience, if you root around long enough in dark, forgotten regions of your kitchen cabinets you’re likely to emerge with a few containers of the stuff.

An overhead photo showing a gray pottery bowl filled with pumpkin white bean chili with ground turkey, along with a napkin and spoon on the side.

Serving and storing chili

Lucky you, now you’re a few pantry staples away from dinner!

  • You’ll find this chili makes a hearty, satisfying bowl. It’s perfect to serve for a hearty supper, with a big salad on the side.
  • If you’re a meal planner who loves something warm for lunch during the week, make a pot of this chili and enjoy the even tastier leftovers for up to five days.
  • To freeze, cool the chili and pack into freezer containers. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or use the defrost function of your microwave. Enjoy within 1 month.

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Creamy Turkey Pumpkin Chili with White Beans

Karen Tedesco
Creamy Turkey Pumpkin Chili is fall comfort food at its best. This hearty creamy turkey chili cooks in about 30 minutes, with canned pumpkin puree, pantry spices and white cannellini beans. 
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4.78 from 386 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Soup and Stew
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings



  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 large carrots, chopped (1 ½ cups)
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red chili
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ pounds (675 g) ground turkey, thigh or breast
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, rosemary or sage (or a mixture of one or more)
  • 1 15-ounce (285 g) can unsweetened pumpkin purée
  • 2 15-ounce cans (850 g) cannellini beans, drained
  • 2 cups (500 ml) chicken broth
  • Kosher salt
  • ½ cup (125 ml) heavy whipping cream, optional


  • Pour the oil into a 4 or 5 quart soup pot or Dutch oven and place over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots and celery and cook until the vegetables are softened, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the garlic and all the spices through the black pepper, stirring to coat in the oil. Add the turkey and cook until it’s no longer pink, stirring and breaking the meat up with a spoon, about 8 minutes.
  • Add the herbs, pumpkin, beans, broth and 2 teaspoons salt. Bring to a simmer, partially cover and cook 20 minutes, adjusting the heat so it doesn't boil.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the cream, if using. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed. Serve warm in bowls.

Karen’s Notes and Tips

To make this chili in a Crockpot or slow cooker:
  1. Follow step 1 and 2. Transfer the mixture to your slow cooker and add the herbs, beans, pumpkin, 1 1/2 cups broth and salt.
  2. Set to cook on low for 6 hours or 3 hours on high.
  3. Stir in the cream and serve.
To make in a pressure cooker:
  1. Set your pot to Saute. Follow the steps in step 1 and 2.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients except the cream to the pot as in step 3.
  3. Cover and set to pressure cook for 10 minutes, allowing pressure to release naturally.
  4. Stir in the cream and serve warm.
  • Instead of turkey, try ground chicken, pork or even a vegetarian sausage.
  • Fresh herbs make a huge difference. If you can find the classic Thanksgiving trio of fresh rosemary, sage and thyme, use all three! Dry herbs are fine to use, too, but use half the amount listed in the recipe — 1 1/2 teaspoons.
  • To freeze, cool the chili and pack into freezer containers. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or use the defrost function of your microwave. Enjoy within 1 month.


Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 399mg | Potassium: 510mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4546IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I love this recipe!! Made it for my whole family for a family weekend and it was a huge hit! I added cut up sweet potatoes also…so good!

  2. haven’t made this yet (will this weekend!) but I learned a trick for making soups creamy without using heavy or any type of cream! Take a can of the white beans and put in blender. Add 1 cup of Chicken broth and blend until creamy! Then add a second can of beans to the soup! Works great and adds protein, fiber, and not the fat like heavy cream!

  3. 5 stars
    It is delicious and a great departure from the usual chili recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    It was almost eaten by my kids before I took it of the stove…

  5. 5 stars
    I made this today and put it in the crock pot so we’d have dinner ready. I used dried herbs as I didn’t have fresh, and I didn’t add cream at the end. I had Great Northern Beans as the white bean. Perfect for a snowy evening! Thank you!

  6. 5 stars
    Love this, one of my favorites!

  7. 5 stars
    This soup is fantastic! It goes together quickly and is incredibly flavorful without having to simmer half a day. My whole family loved it.

  8. Heather Eldridge says:

    Thanks Karen! I made this with puree from a fresh, homegrown pumpkin and broth from our Thanksgiving turkey. It’s to die for! I really appreciate your clean and beautiful work on this site.

    1. Thanks so much Heather, I appreciate that! How great that you made pumpkin puree from scratch!!

  9. Does this really only have 8g of carbs??

    1. Andrea – I use an online tool to calculate nutrition facts, and all are approximate. I recommend that you use your favorite calculator if you have concerns.

  10. 5 stars
    This is definitely are new favorite soup.It was easy to make and had great flavor.I substituted ground Italian chicken sausage for the turkey.

  11. 5 stars
    Delicious! Making this again as it is so good.

  12. Lorrie Castle says:

    5 stars
    This is so very good.
    Pantry friendly recipe and quick prep\cook with tasty rewards!
    I used Oikos brand Greek yogurt in place of cream.

  13. Liza Finkel says:

    5 stars
    We made this last night, but since we had no turkey, we used chicken chorizo sausage. We also swirled in sour cream instead of heavy cream just before we ate. It was fantastic!

  14. 5 stars
    Delicious recipe, exactly as posted! No changes or substitutions…seasoned perfect!

  15. 5 stars
    Pumpkin turkey chili? WHAAAT??? I’m am SOOOO making this and can not wait too. I bet my husband & son (who swear they hate pumpkin) eat this & have no clue they are, in fact, eating pumpkin (just like both said they hated cauliflower and eat cauliflower rice and love it). 😜😁

  16. Lenora Davis says:

    5 stars
    This soup is excellent. I used Beyond sausage and flax milk (about 1 cup) and 3 cups of broth and it was rich and creamy. I plan on making it for Halloween dinner with the grandkids.

  17. 5 stars
    Delicious recipe! Next time, as one reviewer suggested, I may try thickening the liquid by adding puréed beans. The seasonings are perfect! I will definitely make this again. Thank you Karen.

    1. Great idea to add some pureed beans! You can also let the cream reduce a bit by simmering a few minutes until thickened.

  18. 5 stars
    This is now our favorite stand by. Do you know if it freezes well?

    1. Happy you enjoy it! Yes, it should freeze just fine. To avoid condensation, be sure to let it cool to room temp (or in the refrigerator) before placing in the freezer.

  19. 5 stars
    I wanted a WW points friendly chili, so I used fat free greek yogurt instead of the cream. With this substitution, the recipe comes to 2 points per serving (on blue plan) basically for the olive oil. I think if you used cooking spray, it could even get down to 0.
    Other substitutions: Instead of the carrots, I used some bell peppers. And I used cilantro instead of the herbs you’ve listed. These are just ingredients I happened to have on hand… THIS WAS AMAZING and this is going to be a go-to for me and my husband!!

  20. 5 stars
    I made a double batch (so 4 cans of beans) and puréed one of the cans of beans before adding it to the chili. It made it thicker and more creamy. Delish recipe!