7:55 PM Ahhh, fall. Do you smell it, too? Cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet pumpkin,...
My sweet pumpkin. I've become such a great lover and hardcore fan of pumpkin over the last years. 
The funny thing is that fall doesn't excite me to create gallons of pumpkin soup, no, I take it further. 
Pumpkin soup is easy, too easy. Too simple. But think about your favorite dishes with a hint of pumpkin. Yes, we are talking lasgna, pizza, pasta, casseroles, and any stew

Yes, it's fall, let's keep it beyond easy today and focus on a stew which is a classic in my kitchen. Stews are the best to make this colder season and chili is one of my top 3 stews to make. 

When I make chili, I get creative. I can play with my vegetables and I can vary with the meat choices. 

I'm a kidney beans fan... as long as I got my beans, I'm happy. 

When I cooked my last chili, I noticed I still had some pumpkin left over. Shall I add it as a chewable part or mix it under the sauce? 
I went with the sauce. 
And I never want to eat my chili without the pumpkin purée again.

What's so special about this chili? Maybe the cocoa I throw in that makes the perfect symbiosis with the sweet pumpkin. 
Hell yeah. You read that right.


YOU NEED 500g ground beef (your meat choice is definitely bringing a certain flavor to the dish — that's why I prefer beef) + 1 can kidney beans + 1 can chickpeas + 2 Cups pumpkin puree + 1 1/2 Cups tomato sauce + 1 onion + a pinch salt & pepper + 1 teaspoon cinnamon + 1 tablespoon cocoa powder + 1 teaspoon brown sugar + 1 teaspoon cumin 

1. Prepare your cooking stage. 
2. Take your onion and cut it into tiny cubes, chunks or whatever you prefer. Throw it into a pan with any kind of cooking oil. We want to cook the onions nice and tender and then caramelize it with the brown sugar. 
3. Let this cook for 5 minutes on medium heat before you'll add the beef. 
4. Throw in the beef and give it a good stir. 
5. The beef should get a nice color, too, which gives us plenty of sexy aroma.
6. Time to add the tomato sauce. Blend everything well and let the ingredients cook for a little bit. 
7. The tomato sauce might be a bit too bitter, so you can add some sugar to stop the bitterness. 
8. Time to add the pumpkin purée and then season the whole baby. Salt, pepper, cinnamon, cumin, and cocoa powder. Don't go too wild with the cocoa - 1 tablespoon is really enough!!
9. Now that everything is seasoned, add the vegetable ingredients and let the chili cook for 10 minutes or until you reached the perfect consistency of your veggies and the chili sauce. If the chili is too thick, you can surely add some more water. 
10. Give it a try. More flavor? Add some paprika or chili flakes. 
11. To finish my pumpkin chili, I throw in some pomegranate seeds, because it makes it beyond sexy. Ever tried it? 

Bon Appetit. 
Can someone make this for me right now?
The perfect comfort food when it's dark and cold outside. Even better, this is such a great dish for the weekend, because you can eat this for at least 2 days! 

Throw a chili party and invite your friends - you will be their rockstar!
What dishes get a pumpkin makeover at your home?
I can't wait to hear your stories!

*Boys and girls, write down the new vocabulary you have learned today: Hackfleisch — ground beef.