Cincinnati Chili with Turkey & Pumpkin

Cincinnati chili is a bit thinner and sweeter than southwestern-style chili, and is traditionally served over spaghetti. Here, we've cut back the fat without compromising its trademark meaty flavor by using tender lean ground turkey.

Nutritional Bonus: While pumpkin is not a traditional ingredient in Cincinnati chili, it makes for a creamier, heartier meal and contributes 25% of your daily intake of iron per serving. Along with assisting the transportation of oxygen in the blood, iron aids in muscle contraction and helps improve muscle endurance during exercise.

Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
475 min
495 min


  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 lb extra-lean ground turkey
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp chile powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tbsp natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups jarred low-sodium tomato sauce
  • 2 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 cup canned organic solid pumpkin or cooked and puréed Cinderella, Baby Bear or Sugar Pie pumpkin
  • 1 15-oz BPA-free can or 1 3/4 cups cooked kidney beans (TRY:Eden Organic Kidney Beans)
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 14 oz whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 4 oz shredded low-fat cheddar


  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet on medium. Add onion and cook until just softened, about 3 minutes. Add turkey and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, chile powder, oregano, cinnamon and allspice and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Transfer mixture to a 4- to 6-qt slow cooker.
  2. To slow cooker, add cocoa powder, tomato sauce, broth, pumpkin, beans, vinegar and honey. Stir well and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  3. To serve, cook spaghetti according to package directions; divide among serving dishes. Top with chili and cheese, dividing evenly.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 cup pasta-chili mixture and 1/2 oz cheese
  • Calories 372
  • Carbohydrate Content 59 g
  • Cholesterol Content 25 mg
  • Fat Content 4 g
  • Fiber Content 12 g
  • Protein Content 30 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Sodium Content 187 mg
  • Sugar Content 9 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 1 g