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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Apple Ale Pumpkin Chili #PumpkinWeek

This chili is loaded with fall flavors! It is perfect for game day or for warming you when it's chili outside!

       Crisp nights, bonfires, warm apple cider, sweaters, hoodies, football and chili! Fall is finally rolling in everyone and I couldn't be more excited! I love fall weather, fall clothes and fall flavors. Now if only we could find a way to make fall last until spring!

        We love football season around here.  It always comes in with the fantasy drafts and pick'em pool registrations.  It feels like we should really be able to take off running after that, but it always takes a few weeks to really get into the spirit.  When it is still 90 degrees out and we are inevitably trying to finish up some sort of project in the yard, it is hard to sit down and watch the games.  But when the weather cools down everything changes.

        Then Sunday mornings start with making chili.  I love getting out a pot and adding things until it's full.  That is my method for any sort of soup. Pick the size pot I'm going to use and keep going until it can't hold one more thing! I can't be the only one that does that, am I?

     Either way, every time my chili is a little bit different. This time I thought it would be fun to really bring in some fall flavors.  Maybe if we put all of those iconic things together, Mother Nature wouldn't have a choice but to bring the fall weather to match.  I made the chili and the temperatures began to come down. It could be a coincidence, but I think not!

    To really make it fall I started with ground turkey.  You could use whatever ground meat you like best but if Thanksgiving is the iconic fall holiday, than turkey seemed like the iconic fall meat. I think the mild turkey went great with the other textures and flavors in the chili, but I can imagine it would be great with ground beef or even some pulled pork as well.

    After the turkey, onions and peppers were cooked a bit I added some chili powder to toast and then poured in some hard cider to deglaze the pan and bring my favorite fall fruit into the mix.  If we are celebrating all things fall, there had to be some apple in there!

   I generally like using a big mix of beans in my chili.  I like the variety of shapes, colors and textures they bring and I think it makes it fun.  But for some reason I was really feeling white beans this time so I stuck with garbanzos and great northern beans.

   Throw in some tomatoes and you are well on your way to a nice pot of chili.  But don't forget the thing that brings it all together.  Pumpkin!!  It couldn't be a all things fall chili without the pumpkin! Plus I love how the pumpkin puree automatically thickens up the base of the chili.  It gives you that simmered all day consistency without having to let it simmer all day! It also imparts just a bit of earthiness that brings it all together.

   Don't worry if you are feeding this to people who don't love pumpkin as much as you and I.  My husband is one of those that could take or leave pumpkin season.  He was pretty skeptical about pumpkin in his chili (though he's unwittingly had it many times before... but that a story for another day!)  Of course he got a second bowl despite of his reservations and was actually quite complimentary of it.  So even if you are skeptical, I think you should give it a try! It is #pumpkinweek after all!

     We love our chili topped with sour cream, cheese and chives.  This is also great with cheddar crackers.  MiMi shared a cracker recipe very early in the blog and I am going to be sharing a fun new version soon.  It is also great with apple cider beer bread! What do you like to serve with your chili?

Yield: 12 servings

Apple Ale Pumpkin Chili

This chili is loaded with fall flavors! It is perfect for game day or for warming you when it's chili outside!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 40 mins


  • 1 lb ground meat (I used turkey)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 12oz bottle hard cider (not too sweet)
  • 2-3 T chili powder according to taste
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans great northern beans
  • 2 cans garbanzo beans
  • 2 cans pumpkin
  • 2 large cans crushed tomatoes
  • options green chilies or a chopped jalapeno
  • salt and pepper


  1. In a large pot (I used a 6 qt dutch oven) brown the ground turkey, seasoned with plenty of salt and pepper.
  2. Add the diced onions and cook until translucent.
  3. Stir in the diced pepper, chili powder and garlic, stirring and cooking until fragrant.
  4. Pour in the apple ale or hard cider and stir up any bit stuck to the bottom of the pan.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until ready to serve.
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Here are today's #PumpkinWeek recipes:

Pumpkin Drink Recipes:

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup from The Nifty Foodie.

Savory Pumpkin Recipes:

Blackened Steak Tacos with Roasted Pumpkin, Sweet Corn and Red Bean Salsa from Bacon Fatte.
Chicken and Pumpkin Curry from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures.
Pumpkin Beef Stew from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen.
Pumpkin Beer Bread Pudding from Forking Up.
Pumpkin-Poblano Salsa from Culinary Adventures with Camilla.
Pumpkin Risotto with Garlic and Sage from Making Miracles.
Pumpkin Sausage Mac and Cheese from Daily Dish Recipes.
Pumpkin Sausage Skillet Dinner from Cindy's Recipes and Writings.
Pumpkin Walnut Sage Pierogi from The Crumby Kitchen.
Savory Pumpkin Sage Biscuits from Kudos Kitchen by Renee.

Sweet Pumpkin Recipes:

Maple Pumpkin Monkey Bread from The Bitter Side of Sweet.
Pumpkin Chess Pie from The Spiffy Cookie.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies from Amy's Cooking Adventures.
Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins with a Pecan Oat Crumble from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks.
Pumpkin Dump Cake from Seduction in the Kitchen.
Pumpkin-Nut Crumble Cake from Hardly A Goddess.
Pumpkin Pie Cream Puffs from Mildly Meandering.
Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake from A Day in the Life on the Farm.
Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip from An Affair from the Heart.
Stuffed Pumpkin Cupcakes from The Freshman Cook.
Whipped Pumpkin Pie Honey Butter from Love and Confections.
White Chocolate Pumpkin Biscotti from The Redhead Baker.

Shared at The Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday


  1. I had the pleasure of eating this one and it was really good.

  2. There WILL be a pot of this simmering on my stove the weekend!!! Oh this looks absolutely delicious and I think my family will gobble it up, whenever I tell them there is a beer in it..they love it more, lol!!

    1. It would be a perfect game day food while you are watching your Fighting Irish! The beer makes it even better football food ;-)

  3. This chili sounds totally killer! I can't think of better football watching food! Amazing, Carlee. That's all I can say!

    1. Thanks, Kelsie! It does have all of the makings of great football food if I do say so myself ;-)

  4. I'm with you on having Fall last until Spring! This Chili sounds delish - I love the thought of Pumpkin in your Chili! I'm going to have to try this one!

    1. Do you think there's a petition we can sign somewhere? Maybe if we all call Mother Nature we can make it happen!

  5. What a great combination for a Pumpkin Chili! Hope you have a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

    1. It has all those great fall flavors in there. Thanks, Miz Helen!

  6. This sounds really interesting and good! I think this is going on the menu for Sunday... I'll let you know the results :)

    1. Yay! I hope you love it. I ended up going with the classic red venison chili today. :-)

  7. What a unique and tasty looking fall chili!

  8. Mmmm! This sounds so comforting and so loaded with flavor! Thank you for sharing at Celebrate It!

    1. Thanks, Teri! We just love chili this time of year!

  9. Congratulations!
    Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post and your talent with us. Enjoy your new Red Plate and your weekend!
    Miz Helen


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