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Vegan Pumpkin Chili

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 10-12 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Vegan Pumpkin Chili – A quick and easy vegan pumpkin chili recipe that is packed with flavor!


  • 12 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup (or more) Anaheim pepper, chopped
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 28oz can whole tomatoes with juices
  • 1 6oz can tomato paste
  • 1 14.5oz can fire roasted tomatoes, with juices
  • 1 15oz can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 15oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15oz can corn, drained
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dairy-free creamer
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (regular paprika will work)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked garlic powder (regular garlic powder will work)
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano leaves
  • 34 cups cubed butternut squash (you can use sweet potato)
  • Toppings: dairy free sour cream, avocado, parsley


  1. In large dutch oven add oil and bring to medium high heat.
  2. Add garlic and move around until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add onion, green pepper and Anaheim pepper.  Season with salt and pepper and move around until cooked down, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add whole tomatoes and use knife to cut them into quarters (or at least in half).
  5. Add tomato paste, fire-roasted tomatoes, kidney beans, pumpkin puree, corn, Califia Farms BetterHalf Unsweetened Creamer as well as the coconut sugar, chili powder, salt, cumin, paprika and garlic powder, oregano leaves.
  6. Let simmer 10-15 minutes.
  7. Add black beans and butternut squash. Let simmer long enough for the butternut squash to be firm, but tender, about 10 minutes or so.
  8. Taste and adjust seasoning, as desired.
  9. Serve with dairy free sour cream, avocado and fresh parsley.


  • The recipe isn’t very spicy, feel free to increase spice level by adding a jalapeño (remove seeds) at the same time as the onion and Anaheim pepper. Feel free to add additional chili powder as well, to taste.
  • You can sub sweet potato for the butternut squash.
  • In Step 6 you can really let it simmer for quite a while, several hours if you want.  The key is to add the butternut squash and black beans shortly before you eat so they don’t get mushy.
  • Crock Pot: You can make this in the crock pot. Sauté onions, etc. in step 3 just as it is written, but then add them to the crock pot. Then add all the remaining ingredients, except the butternut squash and black beans. Let cook on low for approximately 4 hours.  Add butternut squash and black beans about 20-30 minutes before you want to eat to allow them to cook slightly and the butternut squash can become firm, but tender.

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