• Elizabeth | Dietitian Nutritionist

Recipes : 2 Chili Recipes

Updated: Feb 3

Pumpkin Chili topped with jalapeños, red onions, cilantro, & avocado

RECIPE 1 : Pumpkin Chili

I know it sounds strange, Pumpkin Chili!?! You may be thinking pumpkin is only supposed to be used in pumpkin pie. Nonetheless, believe me when I say, every person who takes the chance to try it, LOVES IT! This recipe is Whole30, Paleo, and Keto.


2 pounds ground turkey (vegan/vegetarian tip: chickpeas can substituted for meat)

2 tablespoons of avocado oil

1 bag frozen chopped mirepoix vegetable mix

1 bag frozen 3 pepper and onion blend

3, 15 oz cans of diced tomatoes (health tip: to stay away from possible harmful chemicals, avoid cans with BPA lining)

2, 15 oz can of pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling

1 carton chicken bone broth

Spices : 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon cumin, 1 tablespoon paprika, 1 tablespoon turmeric, dash of cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 1/2 teaspoon coriander, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon clove


  1. Place ground turkey, avocado oil, and chopped mirepoix vegetables in large stock pot on medium heated stove. Cook meat and sauté vegetables until meat is fully cooked and vegetables are soft.

  2. Add diced tomatoes, pumpkin purée, 1 carton of chicken bone broth to stock pot. Stir ingredients. Keep on medium heat.

  3. Add spices. Stir ingredients. Keep stove on medium heat, stirring often. When pumpkin chili bubbles or come to an easy boil, reduce heat to low. Cover stock pot. The longer the chili simmers, the richer the taste.

Lamb Chili topped with red onion & spicy microgreens

RECIPE 2 : Farmer’s Market Lamb Chili

I was inspired to make a pot of chili to pair with our recent cool snap this spring.

Also, note the farmers I purchased ingredients from at our Farmer’s Market. Our local farmers are heroes, and I’m thankful that they are on a mission to bring our community healthy, delicious food. This recipe is Whole30, Paleo, & Keto.


2 lbs. Ground Lamb, from S&B Bell Farms

3/4 cup minced Green Onions, from Modern Heritage Farm

3/4 cup minced Garlic Onions, from Modern Heritage Farm

1, 16.9 oz cartons of bone broth

Dried Spices: 1 teaspoon Onion, 1 teaspoons garlic, 4 teaspoons paprika, 4 teaspoons cumin, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 1 dash of cayenne pepper

1 1/2, 24 oz jar of marinara sauce

1/2 jar (or about 8 oz) of Mild Salsa, from Padgett’s Produce

1 bag Spinach (or about 3-4 cups), from Modern Heritage Farm

1 Handful of Microgreens, from S&B Bells Farms

Salt & Pepper to Taste


  1. In a large stock pot, place ground lamb, bone broth, and dried spices. Place large stock pot on stove over medium to high heat. Cover with lid.

  2. Wash, dry, and mince green onions and green garlic. Add to stock pot. Cover with lid.

  3. Allow the ingredients in the stock pot to continue to cook until lamb is completely cooked. Mixing ingredients and breaking up the ground lamb will allow ingredients to thoroughly cook without sticking to the bottom of the pot.

  4. Once lamb is throughly cooked, add marinara sauce and salsa. Mix and cover with lid.

  5. While the chili is cooking, add spinach to a blender with 1/4 cup water. Blend spinach and water until spinach is finely minced. Add spinach to stock pot. Mix, turn down heat to low, cover with lid. Allow the chili to simmer until all ingredients are throughly cooked.

  6. Wash and dry microgreens.

  7. Once chili is fully cooked, use a ladle to serve into bowls. Garnish with microgreens. Salt and pepper to taste.

TIP : Top smashed potatoes with the lamb chili and microgreens. This makes for a larger meal to best suit those healthy eaters in the family.

For a delicious bone broth recipe that's straight from Farmers' Market, go to...


Elizabeth Ray, MS RDN LD works as a registered dietitian nutritionist helping people improve their relationship with food and with themselves. Her Instagram handle is @wholefoodbeliever, and she can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/e3trition. Elizabeth has also has a blog at https://www.wholefoodbeliever.net.

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