Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili #PumpkinWeek

by Erin

Chili has never been easier, just throw everything in your slow cooker and let it do the rest. Try this vegetarian version with cauliflower and pumpkin.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili 1

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Recently my friends hosted a chili cook off and obviously I participated. Normally I stick to my dad’s tried and true chili (which has won competitions in the past) but I decided to do something completely different. I figured what better time to experiment than with a crowd of people to eat at least some of the potentially disastrous results?

I based this recipe off of my dad’s but with lots of substitutions including black beans, pumpkin puree, and cauliflower. When I first tasted it I felt like something was missing only to realize it was meat. So while it wasn’t a failure, as a meat-eater this chili was just okay. Seems kind of wrong to post a recipe that I’m not screaming is the best thing in the whole wide world but that’s life, not everyone likes the same things. If you are vegetarian it may be right up your alley and it is for you that I post this recipe. To me chili just isn’t the same without meat! The chili I voted for (and which won) was made with pulled pork – something I definitely need to try.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili 2

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Serves 6-8


1 large cauliflower head, cut into bite-size pieces

1 medium onion, chopped

1 (12 oz.) bottle beer

1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes with juice

1 (15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes

1 (12 oz.) can tomato paste

2 cups pumpkin puree

1/4 cup brown sugar

3 Tbsp chili powder

2 tsp oregano

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

3/4 tsp dry mustard powder

Salt and pepper, to taste

1/2 Tbsp sriracha (or other hot sauce), optional

2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed

1 green bell pepper, diced

Favorite toppings


  1. Lightly coat the inside of your slow cooker with nonstick spray. Add all ingredients except beans, pepper and toppings. Thoroughly mix, cover, and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  2. Stir in beans and pepper. Cook for another 15 minutes. Serve with favorite chili toppings.

Source: Adapted from my dad’s Pickleball Chili.


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natalie@thesweetslife October 23, 2014 - 10:25 pm

I’m posting a turkey pumpkin chili tomorrow that might be right up your alley if you were missing the meat in yours! :)

Terri/Love and Confections October 22, 2014 - 9:02 am

Looks good, and I love seeing savory pumpkin recipes! I always use pasta with my chili and top with cheddar cheese.

Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere October 21, 2014 - 2:35 pm

I love that you put cauliflower in your chili! Just perfect!

Rebekah @ Making Miracles October 21, 2014 - 10:30 am

This sounds like a great veggie chili, or a base to play with! Love the different veggies you’ve incorporated! :)

Sharana @ Living THe Sweet Life Blog October 21, 2014 - 10:25 am

Loving this veggie version :)

Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm October 21, 2014 - 8:29 am

I’m a definite carnivore but this might be good for a meatless Monday meal


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