The minute a feel the slightest bit of crisp air, my mind shifts into full autumn mode. I dream of cider donuts, I ditch the peaches for pumpkin, and my daily iced coffee immediately turns hot. It’s an all
or nothing thing for me.
So upon waking up to a lovely 65 degrees and crisp cool breeze, my mind decided it was autumn. That’s not my backyard view for the record. That’s Vermont foliage, I can’t wait to hike in those gorgeous trees.
Last fall my Mom and brother visited me in Vermont for the day. After apple picking and cider sipping, we bought the ingredients to make a lovely bean chili (I was a vegetarian then) and we cooked it together in my apartment kitchen. And I had frozen chili for when I needed quick dinners or a reminder of home.
So yesterday, with my mind made up that it was officially fall, I cozied up with my cast iron and cider candle burning beside me to make my favorite comfort meal. And while I was going all out with this fall thing, I decided pumpkin would be a perfect addition. And I also decided bacon would be awesome in it too, but that had nothing to do with autumn clearly.
Pumpkin Bacon Chili
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 onion
- 1 pepper
- 1 jalepeno pepper
- 1 tbsp butter or oil
- 1 can (15oz) diced tomatoes
- 1 can pumpkin
- 2 strips of bacon
- cumin, cayenne, garlic powder, nutmeg, salt, and pepper all to taste. Don’t skimp on the cumin, that’s what gives it a great kick. And the nutmeg is subtle but necessary.
In a deep pot, sautee the chopped onion and pepper and de-seeded jalepeno in butter for several minutes over medium heat until soft.
Add in the beef and cook until browned.
Meanwhile, in another pan, cook the bacon until crispy and then break into pieces.
Pour in diced tomatoes, canned pumpkin, bacon and spices into the beef and veggie mixture. Stir together and then reduce heat and cover pot to simmer for 30-40 minutes.
This makes roughly 6 servings. I froze the rest in single serving bags for easy dinners.
Miss you Matty!
In other news…my life got super crazy overnight, but I’m loving everything I have going on! I’m going to try my best to continue blogging at the same rate but life may very well get in the way as things pick up…
My question today is for bloggers… any tips or advice for how you fit blogging in with everything else you probably have going on in your life? I definitely am not giving it up, I love blogging and connecting with other bloggers (!), but I would love to hear your input. Also, what is your favorite fall time flavor or thing to cook?