Satisfy Your Cravings with this Keto Chorizo and Pumpkin Chili Recipe

Indulge in a Hearty Bowl of Keto Chorizo and Pumpkin Chili

When the weather cools down and you crave something warm and comforting, nothing beats a hearty bowl of chili. But for those on a ketogenic diet, finding a chili recipe that’s both delicious and keto-friendly can be a challenge. That’s where this Keto Chorizo and Pumpkin Chili comes in. It’s a unique twist on a classic dish that’s not only low in carbs but also packed with flavor and nutrients.

This chili combines the spicy kick of chorizo with the subtle sweetness of pumpkin, creating a satisfying dish perfect for a cozy night in. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy the flavors of autumn while sticking to your keto goals. Plus, it’s easy to make and can be on your table in just over an hour. So let’s dive into this comforting, keto-friendly chili that’s sure to become a new favorite in your recipe collection.

Keto Chorizo and Pumpkin Chili

Why This Keto Chorizo and Pumpkin Chili Stands Out

Chili is a staple for many, but this Keto Chorizo and Pumpkin Chili is not your average chili. It’s a dish that I’ve carefully crafted to deliver all the robust flavors you love while keeping carbs in check. The use of chorizo sausage provides a deep, spicy base that pairs wonderfully with the milder, creamy pumpkin puree. Not only does this chili taste amazing, but it’s also packed with keto-friendly ingredients that will help you stay on track with your diet.

Chorizo, the star of the dish, is a flavorful pork sausage that’s naturally high in fat and protein, making it an excellent choice for keto dieters. The pumpkin puree adds fiber and a touch of sweetness without adding too many carbs. Together, they create a balanced dish that’s both filling and nutritious.

Each ingredient in this chili has been chosen for its nutritional profile and ability to contribute to the overall harmony of flavors. For example, the beef broth adds richness, the diced tomatoes bring a slight tanginess, and the blend of spices like chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika provides layers of warmth and complexity. The result is a chili that’s not just good for a keto diet but also a pleasure to eat.

Preparing Keto Chorizo and Pumpkin Chili

Mastering the Method for Perfect Keto Chorizo and Pumpkin Chili

The process of making this chili is as rewarding as the end result. To start, you’ll want to brown the chorizo properly. This step is crucial as it helps to render out the fat, which will add incredible flavor to the chili. Be sure to use a slotted spoon to remove the chorizo, keeping the rendered fat in the pot for sautéing the vegetables.

When sautéing the onions and bell peppers, take your time to let them soften and become translucent. This is where patience pays off, as the natural sugars in the vegetables caramelize, adding a depth of flavor that can’t be rushed. The addition of minced garlic should be brief to prevent burning and to release just the right amount of its aromatic qualities.

As you combine the ingredients, remember that chili is all about layering flavors. The spices should be measured carefully, but don’t be afraid to adjust to your taste. And when it comes to simmering, the longer, the better. This slow cooking process allows the flavors to meld and intensify, resulting in a chili that’s rich and complex. Keep an eye on the consistency, and don’t hesitate to let it simmer a bit longer if you prefer a thicker chili.

Keto Chorizo and Pumpkin Chili Ready to Serve

Variations to Keep Your Keto Chili Exciting

Green Chili Pumpkin Twist

For a variation that adds a bit of zing, try incorporating roasted green chilies into the mix. The chilies will add a subtle heat and a smoky flavor that complements the pumpkin beautifully. Simply roast, peel, and chop the chilies before adding them to the chili along with the pumpkin puree.

Creamy Coconut Pumpkin Chili

If you’re a fan of creamier textures, consider swapping out some of the beef broth for full-fat coconut milk. This will not only add a luxurious creaminess to your chili but also infuse it with a hint of tropical flavor that pairs surprisingly well with the other ingredients.

Hearty Vegetable Keto Chili

For an extra dose of veggies, stir in some diced zucchini and yellow squash during the last 20 minutes of simmering. They’ll add nutrition, color, and a pleasant bite to your chili without adding too many additional carbs.

Substitutions to Tailor Your Keto Chili

While this recipe is designed to be keto-friendly, you may find yourself needing to make substitutions based on preferences or what you have on hand. Here are some keto-friendly swaps that work well with this chili:

For the chorizo, if you’re looking to reduce the spice level or simply want a different flavor profile, you can use ground beef or turkey. Just be sure to adjust the spices accordingly, as these meats are milder in flavor.

If you don’t have pumpkin puree, butternut squash puree makes a good substitute. It has a similar texture and sweetness, although it’s slightly higher in carbs, so use it sparingly.

For those who can’t tolerate nightshades or are looking to reduce their tomato intake, you can omit the diced tomatoes and add a bit more broth or water. This will change the flavor profile slightly, but you’ll still end up with a delicious, hearty chili.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this chili in a slow cooker?
Yes, this chili can easily be adapted for a slow cooker. Brown the chorizo and sauté the vegetables as directed, then transfer everything to the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Is this chili spicy?
The level of spice can be adjusted to taste. The chorizo and cayenne pepper add heat, but you can choose a milder chorizo and omit the cayenne for a less spicy chili.

How can I thicken the chili without adding carbs?
Allowing the chili to simmer uncovered will naturally thicken it as the liquid reduces. For an even thicker chili, you can puree a portion of the vegetables before adding them to the pot.

Can I freeze this chili?
Yes, this chili freezes well. Cool it completely before transferring it to freezer-safe containers. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

What can I serve with this chili?
For a keto-friendly meal, serve this chili with a side of cauliflower rice or a simple green salad. You can also top it with shredded cheese, sour cream, or avocado for added fat and flavor.

Keto Chorizo and Pumpkin Chili

This Keto Chorizo and Pumpkin Chili combines the spicy kick of chorizo with the subtle sweetness of pumpkin, creating a hearty and satisfying dish that's perfect for a cozy night in.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 400 kcal


  • Large pot
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Spoon or spatula for stirring


  • 1 pound ground chorizo sausage
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 large onion, diced about 1 cup
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced red bell pepper about 1 cup
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained 14.5 oz
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional, adjust to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish optional


  • Prep the Vegetables: Begin by dicing the onion and red bell pepper, and mincing the garlic. Set aside.
  • Brown the Chorizo: Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the ground chorizo sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and crumbly, about 5-7 minutes. Once cooked, use a slotted spoon to remove the chorizo, leaving the rendered fat in the pot.
  • Sauté the Vegetables: In the same pot, add the olive oil, diced onions, and red bell peppers. Sauté until the onions are translucent and the peppers have softened, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute until fragrant.
  • Combine Ingredients: Return the browned chorizo to the pot. Stir in the pumpkin puree, diced tomatoes, beef broth, chili powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Simmer the Chili: Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally. The chili should thicken and the flavors will meld together.
  • Garnish and Serve: Once the chili is thickened to your liking, remove from heat. Ladle into bowls and garnish with fresh cilantro if desired. Serve hot.


For a thicker chili, allow it to simmer for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the desired consistency is reached.
If you prefer a less spicy chili, omit the cayenne pepper and choose a mild chorizo sausage.
This chili can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave before serving.


Calories: 400kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 21gFat: 29gFiber: 3gNet Carbs: 9g
Keyword Chorizo Chili, Keto Chili, Keto Dinner, Low Carb Chili, Pumpkin Chili
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