Thursday, October 31, 2013

Smokey Pumpkin Chili

Happy Halloween!!!

Whether you're watching your little ones march in a Halloween Parade, sprinting around the house to prepare for trick-or-treating, or hosting a Hocus Pocus watch party for your girls, this promises to be a busy night!

So, before the inevitable sugar rush has you and yours running amok (amok amuk amuck!), fill your bellies with this delicious (and easy and fast) protein-packed but still Halloween-appropriate meal. One pot and done. Before the little devils and spidermen and princesses start knocking at your door.

Smokey Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin seed garnish optional.

Ingredients

3 lbs ground beef
2 yellow onions, diced
2 green peppers, diced
1 can pumpkin purée
Sauce from 1 can Chilpotle Peppers in Adobo (save the peppers for your pork)
2 cups beef stock
5 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon all spice
1 big pinch crushed red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper

Instructions

In a large pot, warm olive oil over medium heat then add diced onion and peppers. Season with salt and pepper. Once the onion becomes translucent add the ground beef. Stir continuously until the meat is browned. Pour in stock, adobo sauce and seasonings and stir to combine (don't forget to add salt and pepper at this step!). Let simmer of medium-low heat for 30 minutes. Add pumpkin and continue simmering for another 15 minutes. Re-season with salt, pepper, and chili powder (if necessary). Makes 8 servings.

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