I was invited to a dinner for area PTA Presidents and it was dubbed as a Chili Cook Off, although a very low key one. I had seen this awesome looking recipe at Hungry Little Girl for Pumpkin Caramel Chili, and decided I must try it. I always seem to make my chili the same way and I was ready for a change. Here is my variation of Hungry Little Girl’s recipe. I am never exact with my recipes, so feel free to adapt as you see fit.
Pumpkin Caramel Chili Recipe
I cleaned out a pumpkin and heated it upside down in a roaster pan with a few inches of water for 30 minutes at 350 and served the chili out of it.
My husband tasted it before I left and was determined to hate it. He surprisingly said it was very good. I really like the combination of the sweet & spicy. Since the cook-off was informal, people mostly brought their chili in crock pots. The pumpkin garnered a lot of attention and was voted as the favorite. I will definitely make this again (with no adjustments) and will take it to any cook-offs I attend.