Pumpkin Pinto Chili

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This slow cooker/ crock pot recipe is a unique twist on the classic chili flavors. The pumpkin adds a subtle flavor and smooth texture that pairs perfectly with the spicy chipotle sauce. A great dish for your next Halloween party!

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Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 1- package Pinto HamBeens®
  • 8- cups chicken broth (64 oz.)
  • 1- smoked ham hock (can substitute 1/2 lb. of smoked sausage)
  • 1- large onion, diced
  • 1- 7 oz. can chipotle's in adobo sauce (these can be found in Hispanic section of grocery)
  • 1- 15 oz. can of pumpkin (just pure pumpkin, NOT pie mix)
  • 2- tbsp. Chili powder
  • 1- tsp. all-spice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. In a colander or sieve, rinse and sort through the pinto beans. Check for any unwanted debris and discard.
  2. Pour rinsed beans into a 4-6 quart slow cooker. Add ham hock, diced onion, ham flavor packet, & chicken stock.
  3. Strain the adobo sauce from the can of chipotle's and add all of the sauce into the pot.
  4. Depending on the level of "spice" you desire, chop individual chipotle's and add into the pot.
  5. Cook on high for 6 hours, or low for 8-9 hours.
  6. After the beans are tender, remove the bone from the ham hock and add the ham back into the pot.
  7. Stir in the pumpkin, chili powder, & all-spice. Cook on low for additional 30 minutes, then keep warm until ready to serve.

Cooking Tips

  • The chipotle's and adobo sauce are VERY spicy right out of the can, but become much more mild as they cook with the beans.
  • Serve with tortilla chips and shredded cheese
  • Every time you lift the lid it will add to the overall cooking time... be patient!