Pumpkin, Black Rice, Turkey Crock Chopped “Chili”

Crock Chopped Chili is an easy, hearty, healthful dish. Perfect for company or for the busy holiday/shopping days ahead. This Chili/Stew is a “Balanced Meal in a Bowl”. Takes only 20 minutes to prep. You will swoon at how heavenly your house smells when you come home. “Get Your Spoons Ready!”
Pumpkin, Black Rice, Turkey Crock Chopped Chili
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Pumpkin, Black Rice, Turkey Crock Chopped “Chili”

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Having guests over the day before putting on a Garage Sale sounds a bit crazy. But not when the Crock can bail you out. This recipe does require some pre-cooking prep, but it’s still super easy to toss together.

I always worry about the “Chili” police coming after me when I make these kinds of recipes. They are not traditional chili’s, but they have the flavor profile. Cumin, Chili Powder, Green Chili’s, Black Beans etc. I could call this a stew because it also has vegetables, black rice and broth. At any rate, you’ll call it easy and delicious.

Pumpkin, Black Rice, Turkey Crock Chopped Chili
Chunks of Butternut Squash and Pureed Pumpkin make this a Fall/Winter winner. I had a half butternut left over so I didn’t need to prep it…just chop it. Here’s an easy way to get your butternut ready to chop and seed. Or you could always buy it “pre-chopped”.

Want to keep this Chopped vegetarian? Just sub a 15 oz. drained can of Kidney Beans, for the ground turkey.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes, plus 6-8 hours in the Crock

Yield: Serves 8

Bowl/Pan/Crock Ingredients:
2 Tablespoon Olive or Coconut Oil
2 cups Chopped Butternut Squash
1 Red or Brown Onion, Chopped
1 large or 2 small Zucchini, Chopped. Mine was humongous so I only needed 1. You could sub 1 cup Chopped Green Beans.
1 cup Chopped Celery
3 Garlic Cloves, finely Chopped
4 Brown Mushrooms, Chopped
1 lb. Ground Turkey. I used “Lean”.
1 Tablespoon Dried Thyme
1 Tablespoon Ground Cumin
2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper. More if you like it hotter.
1 Tablespoon Dried Sage
1 teaspoon Chili Powder
2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
Now Add:
1 15 oz. can Black Beans. UNdrained.
1 15 oz. can White Beans. UNdrained
1 cup Chicken or Vegetable Broth. You could even add water if you don’t have broth.
1/2 cup Black Rice. You could use Brown Rice or Quinoa instead.
1 15 oz. can Pumpkin Puree. Not the pie filling.
Now Add:
1 – 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar. I like the “kick” so I added 2 T’s.

Zing Factor: I think this adds a subtle sweetness to the Chili. You can add this when the chili is done. Do a taste test to see if you want to mellow the flavor of the Chili.
1 15 oz. can Creamed Corn
Easy Guacamole The Kitchen Chopper
Topping Choices:
Easy Guacamole. My new favorite “step away from store bought” topping.
Grated Cheese. I love smoked Gouda or White Cheddar
Chopped Onion
Plain Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream

Bowl/Pan/Crock Ingredient Prep:

In a Large Bowl add all the Ingredients (except the Olive Oil) up to and including the Kosher Salt. Heat a deep sauté pan to medium and pour in the oil. Pour all the ingredients that you have in your Large Bowl into the heated pan. Break up the turkey as it cooks. Stir the mixture often, so it will cook evenly. When veggies and turkey are cooked through add them to your Crock Pot.
Now Add: To the Crock: Black Beans up to and including the Pumpkin Puree. Stir to combine. Cook on low temp for 6 – 8 hours.

Now Add: Sherry Wine Vinegar. Test for seasonings. You could add more spices or vinegar at this time. And the Creamed Corn Zing Factor, if desired. Again stir to combine.

Serve in bowls and add your favorite chili toppings. Then…
“Get Your Spoons Ready!”

Pumpkin, Black Rice Turkey  Crock Chopped  Chili

This yummy recipe is linked up at “Homestead Blog Hop”

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62 Responses to Pumpkin, Black Rice, Turkey Crock Chopped “Chili”

  1. This chili is full of flavor and healthy ingredients. I would make it vegetarian, we’ll never miss the turkey.

    • adminKC says:

      Absolutely correct Joanne. I do this all the time for parties that include non meat eaters. In fact I think I prefer it that way. But The Hubby likes his “meat”.

  2. Another fabulous one-pot meal chock-full of my favorite flavors! A winning dish for sure Kc!

    • adminKC says:

      Thanks so much, Linda. I have to say that all the recipes you’ve posted for the holidays have been “crave worthy”. You have outdone yourself this season.

  3. I love crock pot meals and this one sounds great! This is a fantastic sounding chili.

  4. Erica says:

    This looks spectacular Kc!

  5. Whether you call it chili or stew, your Pumpkin, Black Rice, Turkey Crock Chopped looks absolutely delicious, KC! Love the spices you have used and it’s so hearty and satisfying too!

  6. What a delicious sounding combination, I love all the veggies you have in there, and adding a can of creamed corn at the end is an interesting idea, I will have to try that!

  7. This dish has a great combination of healthy and delicious ingredients… Am sure this would make a hearty and comforting meal.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Mmmm proper comfort food, this! Loving the flavours!

  9. Kelly says:

    Another HIT!
    By the way, I made your pumpkin, curry, rice soup for our family gathering today. It was a HUGE hit. Everyone loved it!! Thanks for your great healthy recipes! :-)

  10. Diane says:

    Your hitting all my favorite flavor points in this recipe. Black rice is a favorite grain at our house. This is a keeper! Pinned and yummed!

    • adminKC says:

      Thanks so much Diane! I’m using Black Rice much more often lately. Besides the chewy texture, it’s a beautiful color in dishes.

  11. I love the pumpkin twist you added here! So many delicious flavors here that I can just imagine how satisfying a bowl (or 2) would be. Very creative, too!

  12. I love chili any which way. Pass me a spoon!

  13. I love this recipe KC…so healthy with the added butternut squash. Can’t wait to try this.

  14. This sounds like an awesome plethora of flavours… I need to have a bowl soon

  15. This is the kind of healthy, comforting dish that I could eat everyday.

  16. There’s enough in one bowl to feed an army! It’s just loaded with great ingredients.

  17. What an interesting combination of flavors you have going on.
    Sounds and looks delicious.

    BTW, thank you for letting me know about the Pinterest link. 😉
    Have a nice weekend!

    • adminKC says:

      Thanks Jay! I wanted chili and wanted a fall recipe. It really came out some kind of delicious. You’re welcome for the “heads up”.

  18. Kristen says:

    I love how this is turkey chili! for some reason I actually prefer turkey

    • adminKC says:

      I do too. I’ve never used beef in any chili I’ve made. Usually because I make it for a party and there’s always someone there who doesn’t eat red meat.

  19. Easy and delicious is my favorite combination….along with crockpot!!!

  20. Your chili recipe sounds scrumptious! I make a “15-minute” chili which consists of ground beef (or turkey), diced tomatoes, cumin, chili powder and cinnamon. But, any chili recipe is a good one!

  21. Angela says:

    I love the sound of this! So hearty and very much a comfort meal

  22. Kallee says:

    Ooo, I love to put pumpkin in different recipes. This looks wonderful and perfect for a chilly day!

  23. So many great ingredients in this chili. That is what makes is so fun to make and eat.

  24. LydiaF says:

    There are so many varieties of chili anymore. If it has cumin, I think you’re safe to call it chili, hahaha

  25. Sandra says:

    Super! I love eating butternut squash and now I have another recipe to try! I still need to find black rice. Otherwise, I have all the ingredients to make this now.

    • adminKC says:

      No worries regarding the Black Rice, Sandra. You could use brown rice or even quinoa. It’ll be tasty no matter which you use.

  26. Nicky says:

    I often make chili in my crock pot. It creates an amazingly easy dish that tastes great. I’ve pinned this to make next week.

    • adminKC says:

      Thanks so much, Nicky. Every time I make something in the Crock, I’m reminded I need to use it more often. I think you’ll like this combo. The pumpkin is such a healthful addition.

  27. You have such clever taste combinations. I love guacamole, and can’t get enough. My cheese of choice – the sharpest Irish Cheddar available! YUMMY!

    • adminKC says:

      Love Irish Cheese. The Hubby’s fam is Irish so St. Patrick’s Day is a big one for us! Thanks so much for the lovely comments. Always appreciated!

  28. Katerina says:

    What a delicious chili! I love the combo of flavors!

  29. Karen says:

    I would not have thought to add sweet potatoes to chilli. This looks great.

    • adminKC says:

      I just saw how sweet potato proteins can help fight cancer. I’ll be using them even more now. Plus, they are deliciously sweet with a low glycemic index.

  30. Jessica says:

    I bet the butternut squash is amazing in this chili!

  31. Jamie says:

    What an interesting mix of ingredients!! Sounds and looks delicious! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

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