Turkey Pumpkin Ale Chili

Every where you look right now its pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! Pumpkin this and pumpkin that. Pumpkin cupcakes are dominating my Pinterest feed, and pumpkin spice lattes are back (in fact, I may be sipping one as I write this).

Ill admit, I hopped on the pumpkin everything bandwagon as soon as the temperatures dropped below 70*. Baking with pumpkin is fun, but its the savory side of this fall staple that I love the most.

In fact, Id take a crisp, refreshing, spicy pumpkin ale over a cupcake any day! Shaun surprised me recently when he came home with a six pack of Harpoon Brewerys UFO Pumpkin. He sure knows the way to my heart! It was the first pumpkin ale of the fall season for us, and I enjoyed every.last.drop.

Turkey Pumpkin Ale Chili
This Turkey Pumpkin Ale chili is delicious, easy to make, and packed full of fall flavor. The addition of pumpkin ale and real pumpkin puree make for a savory meal that your whole family will love!
  • 16oz ground turkey
  • 1½ lbs turkey sausage
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3-4 carrots, diced
  • 1½ cups celery, diced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 Tbs chili powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 bottles of your favorite 12oz Pumpkin Ale (we LOVE Harpoon Brewery’s UFO Pumpkin)
  • 3 Tbs tomato paste
  • 12oz chopped tomatoes
  • 15oz canned pumpkin
  • Salt & pepper to taste

  1. In a large saute pan over medium heat, cook the ground turkey and the turkey sausage until evenly browned. Chop and stir while the meat cooks to mix the two ingredients together. Once cooked, set aside.
  2. Next, in a large stock pot over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic in the butter only until fragrant. Then add the carrots and celery. Continue to cook until the vegetables are tender.
  3. To the vegetable mixture, add all of your spices. You can adjust the quantities to suit your preferences, but the quantities I’ve listed above are a good starting point. Continue to stir the the mixture over medium heat for an additional 2 minutes.
  4. Then, add the cooked turkey to the vegetables in the large stock pot. Pour in the 2 pumpkin ale beers and let the pot simmer for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Next, stir in the tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, and canned pumpkin.
  6. Let the chili simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened. Stir occasionally.
  7. Season with salt and pepper, and add additional chili powder, cayenne, or other spices as needed.
  8. Serve warm with a dollop of sour cream and top with shredded cheese.

Use organic ingredients whenever possible, and I recommend finding chopped tomatoes in a carton, not a tin can.