Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Turkey Pumpkin Chili
My first reaction to this recipe wasn't good. However, since I had the ingredients on hand, I decided to give it a try. I can't believe what a hit it was. Yummy!

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped green bell pepper - Hint: I chop and freeze a couple of these for recipes.
1 clove garlic
1 pound ground turkey or 1 pound ground beef + 1 pound ground pork
2 (14.5 ounce) cans peeled and diced tomatoes - I like petite diced
1 (15 ounce) can pureed pumpkin
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn 
2 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
A few shakes of red pepper flakes -- or as much heat as you like.

In a 6 qt saucepan over medium-high heat brown meat, onion and green pepper. 

Add the rest of the ingredients.  Heat slowly and let simmer covered for a while on low, stirring occasionally, until good and hot.  Serve with a handful of shredded cheddar and a dollop of sour cream.
For a crowd, four times this recipe will fit into a 12 quart pot . . . barely!

Corn bread muffins make an excellent side.  Hint: Add 1/2 c of corn or cheese to the muffin mix for a different flavor and texture.

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