I first shared this slow cooker lentil and pumpkin chili recipe in October 2012 – over 4 years ago! A few people mentioned to me that it was too spicy, so I retested it and made a few changes that improve the chili’s overall flavor.

Slow Cooker Lentil and Pumpkin Chili Recipe #healthy #easyFirst I doubled the traditional chili powder and cut back on the chipotle powder, which is much spicier. I also made the chipotle powder optional, although I do love the spicy, smokey flavor it adds. If you choose to leave it out, I recommend having some Chipotle Tabasco on hand so everyone can customize their bowl. 

I also swapped the water for vegetable broth and increased the amount. This adds more flavor and results in a vegetarian chili that isn’t as thick as my original recipe was. 

Oh, and I took new pictures. Because my photography skills have definitely improved over the years. You can still see the original photos at the end of this post! 

Slow Cooker Lentil and Pumpkin Chili Recipe #healthy #easy

My slow cooker has been a lifesaver this fall. Life has been insanely busy, and I haven’t had much time or energy to cook. Being able to come home from work to a hot and ready meal is basically the only thing keeping me from eating take out every night.

Slow Cooker Lentil and Pumpkin Chili Recipe #healthy #easy

Slow Cooker Lentil and Pumpkin Chili

10 minPrep Time

8 hrCook Time

8 hr, 10 Total Time

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  • 1 can (15.9 ounce) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15.9 ounce) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15.9 ounce) fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 can (15.9 ounce) pumpkin puree
  • 2.5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker. Stir well.
  2. Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Here are the original photos that went with this recipe: