Slow Cooker Lentil and Pumpkin Chili

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Slow Cooker Lentil and Pumpkin Chili Recipe #healthy #easy

Slow Cooker Lentil and Pumpkin Chili

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15.9 ounce) can 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 lentils (dry )
  • 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)

Instructions

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

Amount Per Serving Calories 306Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 815mgFiber 18gSugar 8gProtein 18g

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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 Recipe #healthy #easy

Slow Cooker Lentil and Pumpkin Chili

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

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

Amount Per Serving Calories 84Carbohydrates 14gProtein 4g

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Here are the original photos that went with this recipe:Slow Cooker Lentil and Pumpkin Chili 9
Slow Cooker Lentil and Pumpkin Chili 10

Slow Cooker Lentil and Pumpkin Chili 11

By on January 16th, 2017

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook.

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33 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Lentil and Pumpkin Chili”

  1. wow so amazing i like the chili stuff a lot and everyone also in my house. I’ll definitely try tonight. Just make it good as like you, please God give this power that i can make it good. And everyone will like it.
    Thank you

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  2. Looks good I have red split lentils and whole green/brown lentils Did you use the latter? I am going to make it and serve with corn Bread.

    Reply

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