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Black Bean Pumpkin Chili
This hearty black bean pumpkin chili is packed full of flavor. The addition of canned pumpkin adds richness and thickens this wonderful chili. Slightly sweet with a nice kick, black bean pumpkin chili will soon become a fast family favorite. No one will suspect that there is canned pumpkin in this chili unless you tell them.
Large, round and orange, the pumpkin is a member of the gourd family which also includes all varieties of melon, watermelon and squash. It’s orange flesh has a mild, sweet flavor. The seeds, husked and roasted, are delicately nutty and are commonly known as pepitas. Pumpkin is a good source of vitamin A and can be prepared in almost any way suitable for winter squash.
Black Bean Pumpkin Chili is a delicious chili made special with the addition of canned pumpkin.
- 16 ounce package dried black beans, rinsed and soaked in water for 3 hours
- 1 meaty smoked ham hock
- 12 cups water
- 1 pound ground beef, browned and drained
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 ribs celery, chopped
- 4 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 4 15 oz cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes
- 1 10 oz cans tomatoes with diced green chilies
- 1 4 oz can diced green chilies
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 cup water
- 1 15 oz can beef broth
- 1 46 oz can tomato or vegetable (V-8) juice
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
Rinse black beans in cold water. Transfer beans to a large bowl. Cover with water and let beans soak for 3 hours. Drain.
In a large soup kettle, add soaked black beans, meaty smoked ham hock and 12 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 2 to 3 hours. Remove ham hock from kettle, allow to cool. Remove ham from bone and cut into bite size pieces.
Return meat to soup kettle along with; cooked ground beef, onion, garlic, celery, carrots, tomatoes, green chilies, pumpkin, water, beef broth, tomato juice, brown sugar, and all seasonings. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until veggies are tender.