Chili with Pumpkin and Cinnamon – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 29, 2010

I remember seeing a recipe for some kind of chili with pumpkin in it about this time last year. If you remember, this time last year, I was suffering from “newborn mommy brain!”

I have no recollection as to where I saw this recipe, but I remember being both intrigued and bothered by the concept of adding pumpkin to chili. I also remember thinking that it was as simple as adding canned pumpkin to a basic chili recipe.

So fast forward to today…I am no longer suffering from “newborn mommy brain” and there is finally canned pumpkin in the stores (after 2 years of shortage and not being able to find any of the shelves other than during the holiday season). It’s about time I tried this.

The adventurous part of me thought it seemed totally possible. But the sensible side of me knew it wouldn’t work.

The adventurous side was right. Smooth, with little pumpkin taste coming through. It left me with the same taste that I have after leaving Skyline Chili…it’s the cinnamon that lingers on your taste buds!

Chili with Pumpkin and Cinnamon

Adapted from I can’t remember where!


  • About 1.3 lb. ground beef ($1.99)
  • 1 small red onion, chopped ($.35)
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed ($.10)
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes with jalapenos (free)
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes (free)
  • 1 15 oz canned pure pumpkin ($.99)
  • 1 cup homemade or store bought beef broth
  • 3  cups cooked red kidney beans ($.60)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder ($.15)
  • Couple dashes cinnamon ($.03)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Veggies – We had with leftover Gingered Carrots! ($.50-ish)


  1. Brown the ground beef with the red onion and garlic in a large saucepan.  Drain and return to pan.
  2. Add both cans of diced tomatoes, the pumpkin, beef broth and beans and stir through.
  3. Stir in the chili powder and cinnamon.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Let simmer over low heat for 45 minutes to an hour.
  4. Reheat or cook carrots or other veggie.
  5. Serve Chili with Pumpkin and Cinnamon with Gingered Carrots.
  6. Serve

Cost $4.71

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Birgitte November 29, 2010 at 6:31 pm

How funny! I was looking for this a couple of hours ago. I have a freezer full of homemade pureed pumpkin and getting sick of pumpkin pie…


Bethany at The Big Red Pot November 29, 2010 at 8:27 pm

I made one a few weeks ago and loved it – how wonderful to be able to add the vitamins and health benefits of pumpkin without ever skipping a beat!


Kristia@Family Balance Sheet November 29, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I might have to try this, but with butternut squash. I have 3 on my counter and I have been looking for something different to do with them.

Thanks for the link-up.


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