The reason I started this blog is to share recipes with family and friends.  The reason I called it “uvegottatrythis” is because so many of my sentences start that way.  The reason it takes so long between posts is…well…I don’t know.  I’m busy (we all are) but that’s not the whole of it.  I’m torn with how to spend my time.  Most things I do are “have to” ; you know – dishes, laundry, cooking, etc.  Other’s are “have to/want to” – playing Avenger’s, reading Avenger’s, helping with homework.  And finally there’s the small, often overlooked, “want to” category – read a book, talk to a friend, post to this blog.  When I take the “want to” time, posting comes last. I feel guilty taking the time to sit and write.  There.  That’s the crux of it – guilt.  I could be doing – should be doing – something, anything more productive then writing this right now.  But my cousin recently moved and I miss her and I have new friend to share recipes with, SO…Mary and Stacey – enjoy this pumpkin chili!

  • 1 small/medium yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 1.5 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • chicken broth, vegetable broth or water for thinning

Sauté onion and garlic over medium heat until tender.  Mix in diced tomatoes, pumpkin puree, spices and beans.  Thin to desired consistency with broth or water.  I NEVER DO THIS BUT WE LIKE THICK CHILI.  Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 20 minutes.

**The original recipe calls for green peppers.  I leave them out so my daughter will eat it.  If you’d like sauté a cup of diced green peppers with the onion and garlic.

**The original recipe also calls for a pound of ground turkey.  I started making it with out the turkey and we don’t miss it.  But, if you want, sauté the onion, garlic, and peppers (if using) then stir in a pound of ground turkey and cook until brown.  You may need to drain prior to adding the remaining ingredients.