Pumpkin Chili Mole 1

Everyone knows what chili is right?  When you ask most folks what they put in theirs you typically hear beans, beef, tomatoes etc. 

But how do you make a meatless chili that is also filling and flavorful enough to satisfy those die hard meat lovers? 

By adding a few elements of mole sauce.  And beer.

Mole is a sauce that can vary greatly by ingredient list but typically involves chili and, yes, a bit of chocolate.   I know this can sound a little weird but what it adds isn’t necessarily sweetness; it provides a deep rich layer of flavor, and with the added full bodied beer, this makes for a pretty hearty meal. 

As for the pumpkin?  That was all me.  I can’t seem to get enough of it, especially when the weather gets cooler and the fall season settles in.  It is a bit sweet, adds tons of fiber, is low in fat and high in vitamin A.  But don’t tell the meat lovers about that part.

My meat eating, self proclaimed non-vegetarian hubby went in for two bowls and ate leftovers over some barley I had cooked up.

I feel enough has been said here.

Pumpkin Chili Mole
About 6 1-cup servings
Vegan, Dairy Free

Organic Ingredients

1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, pressed
14 sweet peppers or 2 bell peppers, chopped
1 hot pepper of choice, diced (optional) such as arbol
1 15 oz (425 g) can kidney beans
1 15 oz (425 g) can black beans
1 15 oz (425 g) can pumpkin puree (or butternut squash puree)
1 28 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 12 dark beer

Seasoning Mixture

1 tsp raw cacao powder (or unsweet baking cocoa)
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp chipotle powder

**Add salt to taste.  I didn’t add any as with the canned beans and tomatoes it was salty enough.


1. Heat a Dutch Oven or large stock pot over medium high heat; spray with cooking spray, add onions and peppers; saute about 7 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; add garlic; saute an additional 2 minutes.

2. Meanwhile mix spice mixture in a small bowl.

3. Add spice mixture to pot and all remaining ingredients; bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

About 6 1-cupServings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 250.9
Total Fat 1.1 g
Saturated Fat 0.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 765.5 mg
Potassium 720.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 45.3 g
Dietary Fiber 14.2 g
Sugars 5.6 g
Protein 12.8 g

Vitamin A 118.2 %
Vitamin B-12 0.2 %
Vitamin B-6 14.2 %
Vitamin C 130.5 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 1.2 %
Calcium 8.6 %
Copper 18.0 %
Folate 40.5 %
Iron 22.7 %
Magnesium 21.6 %
Manganese 33.1 %
Niacin 7.7 %
Pantothenic Acid 4.9 %
Phosphorus 21.4 %
Riboflavin 11.6 %
Selenium 4.1 %
Thiamin 20.4 %
Zinc 9.9 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

About DHCooks

Dawn Hutchins is a health & wellness entrepreneur that specializes in plant-based living education and coaching. She's a published author, wife, and mother of one sweet little girl. When she's not crusading for the advancement of plant-based nutrition, she's camping, stretching in yoga and paddleboarding on her SUP.

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