Hello friends! I am so excited about today because not only do I have a pumpkin turkey chili recipe for you, but also I am teaming up with one of my favorite companies, MiiR!!
This past weekend my friends and I set out on an adventure to the mountains in the central cascades. We had our eyes set on Colchuck Lake to catch the changing colors and marvel at what is known as “the gateway to the enchantments”. Best of all, we packed up all the necessities for one epic mountain picnic.
It all started before the sun decided to rise Saturday morning. As drew brewed coffee and poured it into our camp cups, I whipped up pumpkin turkey chili, which we would take to the mountains. And if we were hauling chili up the mountain, I was adamant it would not be cold (because who wants cold chili when it’s snowing and you just hiked up 2,300 feet so you are a little sweaty but now that sweat is freezing). So the solution? MiiR Food Canisters, duh!
With water bottles full, food canisters steaming with chili, coffee in our hands, and a windshield wiper possibly flying off the car, we finally headed towards the trailhead.
The hike was stunning per usual. It rained, it snowed, it was cloudy and even a little sunny. The colors were so vibrant and beautiful so I used that as an excuse to “stop and look at the beauty” but let’s be real, I was trying to have a water break to keep up with my friends.
Okay okay let’s get to this picnic!!! I think it was my dream come true and I can’t tell if I was tearing up at how beautiful it was or because the wind-chill was gnarly. Either way, I gathered with friends overlooking a lake for a picnic and my heart could not be happier. And you know what?! The pumpkin turkey chili was DANG HOT when I opened my food canister and I did a little happy dance about it. Full of fall vegetables, this chili is like the entire season packed into a recipe. From pumpkin to delicata squash to the overall heartiness of the chili, you too will want to do a little happy dance about it.
So one last thing- I want to tell you why I am such a big fan of MiiR. If you know me, you know I have a heart to help others and MiiR feels this way, too. Let’s break this down so you can catch this vision MiiR has. For every product MiiR creates, a project is supported. So every water bottle made, bike built, bag crafted, and drink sold in their storefront, MiiR teams up with sustainable giving sources to give back with projects for clean water, education, and so much more. Something that sets them apart is the transparency in their giving. With every MiiR product you buy, there is a “give code” you can register online and see how your purchase is impacting others. To understand more about MiiR’s vision, watch this rad video here.
Let’s be a community of people who gather to not only to build friendships over a meal, but also a community that loves our neighbors in tangible ways like MiiR does everyday.
I’m so glad you stopped by and I hope this recipe finds it’s way into your home or even better- as a part of your next adventure. Also, keep your eye out for a giveaway on instagram this coming week!
Pumpkin Turkey Chili
1 lb ground turkey
2 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1 delicata squash, middle scooped out and diced (i keep the skin on)
3 carrots, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 husks sweet corn (~1 cup corn)
2 cups vegetable broth
1 15oz can pumpkin puree
1 14.5 oz can first roasted diced tomatoes
1 15.5 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 15.5 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15.5 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp sriracha
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp chili powder
s&p to taste
in a skillet, cook ground turkey with 1 tbsp olive oil and set to the side
in a large pot, use remaining 1 tbsp olive oil and on medium high heat, saute onions, delicata squash, and carrots for 5 min
add bell pepper to pot and saute for an additional 3 min
next, add all remaining ingredients (including the cooked ground turkey) and spices. bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 20min.
garnish with pumpkin seeds, cilantro, or greek yogurt and enjoy!
the longer you allow the chili to simmer, the more it will thicken.
this post is in partnership with Miir. all thoughts and opinions are my own.