Pumpkin Poblano Turkey Chili

It is chili season! Not only is chili convenient, and relatively low on the labor side, but it is a delicious source of protein for your post-workout meals and snacks.

Here is another favorite recipe, pumpkin poblano turkey chili:


2 teaspoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
4 green poblano peppers, seeded and chopped (we added a jalapeño to kick the spice up a bit)
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 lb ground turkey (try to get 90% lean)
1½ tablespoons chili powder
3 tablespoons cumin
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups homemade pumpkin puree (if your pressed for time you could use canned, but don’t make the mistake of using pumpkin pie filling)
3 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
guacamole for serving (homemade is always the best option)
chopped cilantro for serving
salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a stock pot or dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onions and poblano peppers and cook, stirring, until onions are translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic cloves and cook for an additional minute.
  2. Add the turkey, chili powder, cumin and salt and cook until turkey is white, another 5 minutes.
  3. Add the pumpkin puree and chicken stock. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium low.
  4. Simmer for 20 minutes, add the fresh oregano, and then simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Serve with guacamole and chopped cilantro.


Simple Paleo Chili

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset This recipe is great because it knocks out two common complaints that I hear from people looking to start eating better. First, it is really easy to make, and second it makes enough food for more than just a couple of servings. It’s also a perfect dish for this *shiver* time of year.

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 lb. ground beef 4 cloves garlic, minced (I used 2 tsp crushed garlic instead)
1 medium onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
28oz. can diced tomatoes
15oz. can tomato sauce
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp oregano
1/2 tbsp basil
1/2 tbsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne

Here’s how to make it:

Cook the ground beef in a frying pan with garlic and onion until it browns. Drain all excess fat from pan and add to crock pot with other ingredients. Mix thoroughly and then cook on low for 6-7 hours. BAM, that’s it! Now, you eat.

I found this recipe on a site called Paleo Grubs and for the most part followed it as it was listed. I’ve used their site for numerous recipes in the past and recommend checking them out if you’re looking to change up your routine a bit.