Hearty Beef and Pumpkin Chili

Do you ever feel like you are in a wardrobe slump? I feel like those who work from home, or are perhaps stay at home moms, tend to fall into a routine of wearing yoga pants and oversized shirts. Now that's fine for some, heck it's fine for me most days too. However I feel a little frumpy lately, almost like I had started to "let myself go." I really hate that my husband comes home to a stressed out wife every night, who may or may not have had time to shower that day, is wearing his PJ bottoms and a stained tank top. He of course doesn't care, he thinks I'm beautiful no matter what. 

But me? I feel gross, which tends to put me in this toxic cycle of making self hating comments, "uhhg, I'm getting fat." Which I am clearly not, I'm in ok shape and not at all overweight.  I happen to also own a great wardrobe. I love to shop, I love fashion and getting dressed up. So why don't I do it more often? Because I have gotten lazy!

It takes an extra 15 minutes each day to put something nice on. No need to walk around in old frumpy items when I have so much more to wear! So I've challenged myself to wear each of the fall items in my closet at least once in the next 30 days. 

This is also a good chance for me to weed out some things. If there are fall items I have not worn in the next 30 days, in a trash bag they go on their way to Good Will.  Today marks day 10 of my self made challenge, and I have to say, it's a lot of fun! If you want you can follow along on Instagram, as I document #WhatImWearing! 

Over the last 10 days I've realized how much I really enjoy talking about clothes. Though I am no fashionista, I'm still a mom with a lot of momish style. But I'm learning, and I'm feeling better about how I look day to day. (Yes I know this all superficial, but don't lie.... you like to be pretty too!) 

No for the this chili, it is made up of a traditional tomato base, filled with braised beef, lots of beans... and you guessed it PUMPKIN. The pumpkin does not do much to change the flavor, it is still very chili tasting, but it thickens it up giving it this hearty texture I adore, as well as adding a ton of new vitamins and minerals. 

Hearty Beef and Pumpkin Chili 
16 oz can of crushed tomatoes
2 12 oz cans of black beans
2 tbs olive oil
1lb of beef stew meat, patted dry
2 bottles of your favorite Pumpkin Ale
1 cup of pumpkin puree 
1 bell pepper, diced 
1 yellow onion, diced 
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1-2 jalapeƱo peppers  diced (depending on how hot you like it)
1 tbs chili powder 
1 tbs cumin 
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 bay leaf   
1 tbs Sriracha Thai chili sauce (optional) 
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large dutch oven heat olive oil over medium/high heat. 

Add in stew meat, and fry until browned on all sides. 

Add in bell pepper, onion and garlic, and cook until the onions are translucent. 

Pour in both bottles of beer and the bay leaf, reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 2-3 hours. If you run out of cooking liquid you can add more beer, or beef stock. You always want the beef to be completely covered in cooking liquid. Stop simmering once the beef is tender.

Add in tomatoes, beans, pumpkin puree,  jalapeƱos, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, and sriracha. 

Simmer over low heat for about one hour until the mixture has thickened.  The longer it simmers the thicker it gets. If the mixture is too thick, again, add more cooking liquid. 

Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve topped with your favorites, we like sour cream, cheese, scallions and corn relish.



  1. I've seen your outfit pictures on Instagram -- SOOO FREAKING CUTE!! I love the idea of you donating what you don't use in the next 30 days :)
    And this chili ... Mmmmm!!

  2. So glad I'm not alone in the yoga pant wearing, over sized shirt or stained tank top club, oh and don't forget the messy bun and lack of makeup. I was feelin the same way! And lately have been making a point to put on makeup and get dressed, even if it's 3pm...it makes me feel so much prettier too! I can totally appreciate this post! And this chili, so yum!

  3. Beef and Pumpkin chili sounds amazing!

  4. Currently wearing yoga pants and over sized t shirt with bleach stains, I so get this post and I just clicked through for the chilli!

  5. This chili definitely looks comforting, hearty and delicious - craving some right now!