Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Chili


  • 1 lb Braised Brisket, cubed (use leaner cuts)
  • 1 pie pumpkin, roasted, peeled and cut into cubes 
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 5 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 5 chipotle chiles, minced
  • 32 oz beef broth
  • 15 oz can red beans
  • 1 cup Red Chile Sauce
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • Salt + pepper


Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent. Add brisket and cook 2-3 minutes to brown the edges and render some of the fat. Add tomato paste, tomatoes and garlic and stir well, cooking another 2-3 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients except the pumpkin and honey. Simmer over low heat for at least one hour to allow flavors to combine. Season with salt and pepper and taste along the way. Add the pumpkin cubes and simmer for another 30 minutes or until ready to serve. Add the honey just before serving if needed to control the heat. Serve with sour cream and roasted pumpkin seeds.

Recipe Notes

This recipe relies on three other processes to achieve the final product, however it can be incorporated into a weekly meal plan after making the Braised Brisket. The leftover brisket keeps very well, it’s easy to slice up when cold, and it remains exceptionally tender, especially when simmered in the chili broth. Roasting a pumpkin is very simple to do once you feel comfortable cutting and preparing it to roast, and the Red Chile Sauce is going to be a staple ingredient in many akitchenmemoir.com recipes. The brisket can easily be substituted with ground beef, and the chile sauce could be replaced with a combination of chili powders, but not enchilada sauce - it’s not the same thing. I chose not to include substitutions in the ingredients list because this recipe is all about the decadence of the slow cooked beef and complexity of the reconstituted dried chile blend.


Teddy loved this recipe, and he ate the leftovers for about a week after so I think that’s a testament to how well the ingredients work together. This pumpkin chili is a real fall comfort food. The time and care that goes into this dish is worth the final result. It sounds silly, but this is love through food.

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