Savoury Pumpkin Chilli {One-Pot & Vegetarian)

Savoury Pumpkin Chilli {One-Pot & Vegetarian)

Savoury Pumpkin Chilli {One-Pot & Vegetarian)

Happy National Pumpkin Day! To celebrate, I will be sharing my Savoury Pumpkin Chilli recipe, a one-pot, wholesome vegetarian meal.

My earliest Halloween memories involve my mom whipping up a large batch of chilli before my sisters and I went trick-or-treating. I must admit, chilli was my LEAST favourite meal. I would plead, “Can we please have something else to eat?” My mom warmly replied, “Andrea, chilli’s for dinner because it’s fast on this busy night.” As an adult, I now make this one-pot meal for a quick, versatile, batch-cooking recipe. I also love freezing leftovers those busy nights.


Prep time: 10-15 minutes

Cook time: 20-30 minutes

Serves: 4-6



1 Tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 stocks celery, diced

1 bell pepper, chopped

1 cup mushrooms, sliced

1.5 tbsp chilli powder (more if you want it extra spicy)

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp cumin (optional)

Salt and Pepper to taste


1 cup of pure pumpkin puree (can buy this canned)

19 oz can (540mL) diced stewed tomatoes (low sodium)

19 oz can of lentils, rinsed and drained

19 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained

19 oz can baked beans in tomato sauce

Garnish: Grated cheese and parsley or avocado slices


Chilli Instructions:

  1. In a large pot over medium-high, add oil, onions, celery. Cook for 3-6 minutes until softened.
  2. Toss diced peppers into pot and cook for additional 3-5 minutes.
  3. Include mushrooms and cook for an additional 2 minutes until softened. Note: Add additional oil if the pan becomes dry.
  4. Add chilli powder, cinnamon and cumin to the veggies and stir in.
  5. Combine pumpkin puree to the spiced sautéed veggies.
  6. Include canned diced tomatoes, lentils, black beans and baked beans. Stir to combine ingredients.
  7. Reduce heat to medium-low heat.
  8. Allow chilli to cook for 20-30 minutes before serving to allow flavours to combine. Stir occasionally to prevent chilli sticking to the pot.
  9. Garnish as desired! I love fresh parsley and grated cheese.


Meal Prep Tip: Freeze extras for an easy meal ready in minutes!


Would love to hear from you. What was your pre-Halloween dinner? How do you like to change up your chilli recipe?


P.S. In case you missed my festive Halloween post, check it out, Why Parents Must Stop Restricting Halloween Candy.