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Food I Ate Fridays - Pumpkin Chili

Ok friends, I do not know if you have heard of the Trader Joes cookbooks, but I really love them.  Everything in each of recipes comes from Trader Joes, and the number of cookbooks keeps growing.  I recently discovered a Trader Joes Cooking Website and have been obsessed with grabbing recipes off of it.  I love Trader Joes :)  I love recipes.  The result was obvious...

When Bill and I went over his parents house for dinner on Monday night, they had made a pumpkin chili recipe that they got when they were at Trader Joes and got their sample in the back.  They made it for us, and it was AMAZING.  Smoothe and rich and hearty and YUMMY.  His mom had even made cornbread from scratch.  Gosh, I'm drooling just thinking about it. 

Time with Bill's parents is always something I treasure, and they make delicious food all the time.  So, it was no surprise that we had delicious food, wonderful conversation, and a lovely evening filled with laughter.  What a treat it is to spend time with them! 

I wanted to share the recipe here with you, because everyone should experience the magic that was this pumpkin chili!

Image stolen from Eclectic Recipes website... Not the same recipe we ate, but I forgot to take a picture!


3 lbs angus ground beef
1 onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 can Trader Joe's canned pumpkin
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 jar Trader Joe's chipotle salsa
1 container Trader Joe's tomato & roasted red pepper soup
2 cans pinto beans, drained
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cumin


1. In a large pan cook ground beef, onion, and bell pepper until the meat is no longer pink
2. Drain
3. Add remaining ingredients
4. Bring to a boil
5. Reduce Heat and simmer for 1 hour
6. Serve with tortilla chips or soda crackers (or in our case yummy cornbread)

Make a pot and have it with dear friends and family.  It is a perfect fall group food :)

Have a lovely weekend friends! 
Eat well.


  1. Sounds delicious but there's no TJ's around here. I'll have to find suitable substitutes.


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