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Pumpkin Chili

Game day calls for a big, bubbling pot of chili. Pumpkin can be a surprise ingredient that offers up creamy, autumnal undertones—and packs your chili with nutrition. Kick it up even more by using natural, Northern Michigan-raised ground beef—whether the Lions are feelin’ it or not, your chili wins!


  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 15-ounce cans cannelloni beans, undrained
  • 2 16-ounce cans of diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup pumpkin, fresh-baked and pureed (or canned)
  • 4 ounce can chopped green chilis
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened chocolate powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepitas for garnish
  • Cilantro for garnish


In a Dutch oven or large soup pot saute the beef and onions in the olive oil. Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer covered for at least an hour, stirring occasionally. Garnish each bowl with chopped cilantro and pepitas.


Brake for a pumpkin at the nearest farm stand. Bake it as you would an acorn squash. When the flesh is soft, scoop it out of the shell and puree.

Omena Organics canned pumpkin is the product of a three-generation Leelanau County farm family. Find it at a number of Northern Michigan grocery stores or purchase it online at

Northern Michigan-Raised Beef

Gallagher’s Farm Market and Bakery
7237 E Traverse Highway, Traverse City, 231.421.5199

Cottonwood Springs Farm
6192 S French Road, Cedar, 231.228.6578

Bargy Farms
2946 US 31 South, Kewadin, 231.264.5190

Birgy’s Farm
1723 Birgy Road, Fife Lake, 231.879.3949

Bufka Brothers Farm
575 East Valley Road, Maple City, 231.228.7884

Conant’s Maplehurst Farms
3904 M 88 North, Central Lake, 231.544.6664

Shetler Family Dairy & Farm Store
5436 Tyler Road SE, Kalkaska, 231.258.8216