I owe my pumpkin chili to my friend Alexis. She introduced me to this glory about three years ago at her daughter’s birthday party. I was there early and was helping to throw ingredients into a crock pot for her when she asked me to add a can of pumpkin to the onions and peppers cooking up in the bottom.
Pumpkin?!? In chili?
The idea seemed novel to me then. However, in the three years since I tried it, I’ve never gone back to making pumpkin-less chili.