Cheater Pumpkin Chili

by Sarah on November 13, 2012 · 7 comments

I might have a fear of laziness, when it comes to sitting still and not trying to do 4,000 things at once.

But when it comes to cooking, well, lazy can be luxurious.I finally opened a can of pumpkin.

And, after preparing a batch of Vegan Pumpkin Gravy for my cooking class tonight at Whole Foods…

more on this at a later date...

…my eyes continued to wander to the canned food on the pantry shelves.

At a loss for what to eat for lunch this week, I thought the time might have a arrived for opening the can of Amy’s Organic Vegan Chili that was left behind by a previous tenant, just waiting for an opportunity to shine.

But one can wouldn’t last all week.

However, beef (steak?) ing up the chili with the always-present can of diced tomatoes seemed like a partial perfect solution. Adding a little salt, pepper, smoked paprika, along with extra cumin and allspice just made it even better.

Pumpkin puree? Well now the perfection of this Soup of the Week was no longer partial. 

Cheater, cheater…pumpkin CHILI eater. ;) *

*Where did this expression come from, anyway?

Cheater Pumpkin Chili

[Makes about 4 cups]

  • 1 14.7-oz can pre-made chili
  • 1 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2-3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • salt + pepper (to taste)
  • chili seasoning (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.

Stir and heat through.

[If you are saving this for lunch, you don't even have to cook it...a fact I realized after almost bringing it to a boil on Sunday evening.]

Do you have a favorite ‘lazy’ recipe??? [I need all I can get. :) ]

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance November 13, 2012 at 7:58 am

My cheating usually involves opening a jar of salsa…to add more veggies to a meal, of course! ;)

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Fran@BCDC November 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

Oooo…that sounds so good, Sarah! Great idea! I love making canned things “better!”

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 13, 2012 at 8:26 am

I’m not sure this makes you cheater, maybe more like a GENIUS! ;)

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 13, 2012 at 8:33 am

This remonds me of the tempeh pumpkin chili I made last year. I’ve been stuck on using pumpkin is sweet stuff this year… Definitely need to throw it in chili again! Maybe with some TVP? Apparently I have an addiction.

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Tricia @ Saving room for dessert November 13, 2012 at 11:58 am

How interesting – I bet it is good. I made a big pot of chili this weekend – using black beans, lentils, tomatoes and the other standard vegetables and I almost cut up a sweet potato to put in it but I was too lazy! Loved the chili anyway and am eating it for lunch everyday this week. Hope you are doing great!

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Healthiful Balance November 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Pumpkin chili? What a delicious idea! :)

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Heather @ Better With Veggies November 13, 2012 at 11:56 pm

This sounds good, but I want the pumpkin gravy recipe! I like chili, but the gravy won’t get out of my head. :)

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