Turkey, Black Bean, and Pumpkin Chili

Turkey, Black Bean, and Pumpkin Chili

October starts the flurry of pumpkin recipes on social media sites. You can find recipes for pumpkin breads and desserts, of course, but also pumpkin pasta, pumpkin soup, pumpkin drinks, and pumpkin oatmeal among a host of other pumpkin infused adaptations. One of our favorite ways to incorporate nutrient rich pumpkin into a bariatric diet is in chili.

Chili is a great meal to combine protein rich foods like beef, chicken, turkey, and beans with vegetables and transform it into a warm, comforting, and filling meal. The beans and vegetables add fiber, which not only helps keeps us regular, but also helps keep us feeling fuller for longer, which is ideal for bariatric weight loss patients. This recipe calls for ground turkey as the primary source of protein, but you could substitute ground beef, cubed steak, or shredded chicken for a different yet delicious flavor.

The pumpkin puree helps add to the creaminess of this chili, but also boosts the vitamin content. Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamin A, as well as a good source of vitamin C, potassium, vitamin E, copper, and fiber. The pumpkin adds a subtle flavor that combines nicely with the black beans and traditional chili spices.

Turkey, Black Bean, and Pumpkin Chili

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can 100% pumpkin puree
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano


  1. Brown ground turkey in a large pot. Drain off as much fat as you can.
  2. Add oil, onions, peppers, and garlic and saute until vegetables begin to soften.
  3. Add broth, pumpkin, tomatoes, and spices and simmer about 30 minutes to combine the flavors.
  4. Add beans and continue to simmer about 10-15 more minutes.
  5. Serve and enjoy.

This recipe is offered by Dr. Shillingford, M.D., P.A., a board certified surgeon specializing in laparoscopic and obesity surgery. Dr. Shillingford performs gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band surgery on qualified patients who have bariatric insurance coverage and those who opt for self pay. His bariatric patients frequently come from all over Florida, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Orlando, and Jacksonville, as well as many who travel out of state for affordable weight loss surgery.