Post Content

 By Wendy Ng


What do you think of when you think of pumpkins? I think of fall, and especially jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.

But as you know, pumpkins are more than just for decoration—every time I go to the grocery store, there are more and more pumpkin items!  Did you know that pumpkins are a part of the squash family, and that there are over 40 different types?  They are a great source of vitamin A (important for vision) and fiber (good for digestion and your heart).  You can create so many recipes with pumpkins!  Here’s a great one for pumpkin chili.

Turkey-Pumpkin Chili

Makes 6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey (or beef)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 15-oz. can pumpkin
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 15.5-oz can cannellini beans (or other beans you’d like), drained and rinsed


  1. Warm the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add ground turkey or beef, sauté, breaking up any large chunks, until no pink remains, about 3 minutes.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer meat to a bowl; cover to keep moist.
  4. Add onion and bell pepper to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 6 minutes.
  5. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  6. Add the meat back to the pot.
  7. Stir in tomatoes, pumpkin, broth, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. (Add more chili and cumin if desired!)
  8. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and stir in the beans.
  9. Cover and simmer until chili thickens slightly, about 30 minutes, and serve hot.

Recipe adapted from:

Wendy Ng is a dietetic intern at Simmons College.

Recent Posts

The Three Most Important Things to Remember About Stroke posted on Oct 29

The Three Most Important Things to Remember About Stroke

A stroke can be life-changing event and can happen to anyone. Remembering how to prevent stroke and how to recognize signs of stroke is a meaningful way to honor World Stroke Day. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen to the brain   …Continue Reading The Three Most Important Things to Remember About Stroke

Your Best Protection Against the Flu: A Flu Shot posted on Oct 8

Your Best Protection Against the Flu: A Flu Shot

This year, the first full week of October marks the start of Massachusetts’ flu surveillance monitoring and reporting for the 2019-2020 flu season. To monitor flu in the state, DPH uses a variety of disease surveillance methods including lab testing, voluntary reporting by health care   …Continue Reading Your Best Protection Against the Flu: A Flu Shot

Personal Preparedness: Where to Start posted on Sep 27

Personal Preparedness: Where to Start

Preparing for emergencies is something that we all should do, yet it’s rarely considered a priority for most and tends to fall by the wayside. We see the possibility of a massive hurricane hurtling toward our neighbors to the south, and breathe a sigh of   …Continue Reading Personal Preparedness: Where to Start