Pumpkin Chili

posted by Mimi Hiller 09-10-100 2:08 PM

From http://cooking.phillynews.com/recipes/0240primetime1.asp
Pumpkin Chili

1 medium pumpkin, 4 to 5 pounds or 2 cups solid pack pumpkin
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, cored, diced
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound lean ground turkey or beef
4 cups diced tomatoes
2 cups tomato sauce
2 cups cooked kidney beans
1 cup whole corn kernels
1/2 cup diced green chilies, to taste
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and fresh black pepper

Cut lid in top of pumpkin; set aside. Remove seeds and pith; replace lid. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Scoop out pumpkin flesh, leaving at least 1/2-inch to hold pumpkin shape. Dice pumpkin and set aside. Reserve pumpkin shell.

In 6-quart saucepan, saute onion, garlic and bell pepper in oil 5 minutes or until tender. Add ground meat; cook, stirring, until browned. Drain. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, reserved pumpkin (2 to 3 cups fresh or 2 cups canned), kidney beans, corn, chilies, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover, simmer 30 minutes or to desired consistency. Stir often. Adjust seasoning. Serve from reserved pumpkin shell. Garnish if desired with shredded cheese and sour cream. Serve over cooked rice. Makes six to eight servings.

Nutritional data per serving: Calories, 272; protein, 18 grams; carbohydrates, 34 grams; fat, 9 grams; cholesterol, 45 milligrams; sodium, 451 milligrams.

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