It’s fall, so there needs to be a lot of chili involved. Don’t cha think?
Chili is one of my favorite things about fall. It’s just so dang comforting. A big pot of chili simmering all day on the stove is the best. Especially, if it’s a cold day. Nothing beats a hot bowl of chili on a cold day.
I mean, your house smells A-maaa-zing.
Every year at about this time, I make chili. I do it without thinking, it’s just a natural habit this time of year. Actually, we pretty much always have this chili on Halloween. It’s somehow become our own little Halloween tradition. Chili on Halloween.
I realize today is the day BEFORE Halloween, but it didn’t seem to make sense to show you guys a recipe I want you to make on the very same day. And yes, I really, really, really want you guys to make this for dinner tomorrow night. And if not tomorrow, because you have party plans and such, than Sunday for sure, because this is very much a Sunday recipe too!
I know that chili is already an easy dish, but this Crockpot Chipotle Pulled Pork Pumpkin Chili is even easier. Literally you throw everything into the crockpot in the morning and then just let it cook, low and slow ALL DAY LONG. If you can, cook it the day before you plan to eat it. Then place it in the fridge overnight, get it back out the next morning and cook it again till dinner time. Honestly, the longer this chili sits, the better.
Like with most chili recipes, I always say three-day old chili is better than day old chili. Aging does this soup some good. Trust me on this.
Chili always brings back good memories for me. It’s really one of the only meals I remember my mom ever making, and she only made it on cold dreary days. Which was clearly perfect. Chili on a sunny, semi-warm day is just not what I want. Cold days put me in the mood for chili. You know?
AND mom always served her chili Cincinnati style. Not gonna lie you guys, I sort of think all chili should be served this way, and with a hefty side of beer bread too, because well, it just should.
When I serve this for dinner, I serve it over angel hair pasta. I really just do not know any other way to serve chili. It’s pasta, topped with saucy delicious chili and cheddar cheese. So flipping good. Do what you please, but I highly recommend serving this Cinci Style.
Also, if you like your chili full of texture, I would recommend browning the pork before adding it to the crockpot. This will add a little extra oomph to your chili.
Double also, I highly recommend using fresh cubed pumpkin in the chili. Sure, you can used the canned stuff in a pinch, but the cubes of pumpkin add some much needed texture and great flavor. I loved biting down into the sweet pumpkin. I am way too into the pumpkin right now…. as you will see tomorrow.
And about the pumpkin seeds.
Don’t get all freaked out because they are roasted in cinnamon sugar. The sweetness balances that spicy chipotle and the crunch just builds on the texture. You can’t skip the seeds you guys. One, you really do need them for the texture. They add a nice crunch and breakup the smoothness of the pork. Two, they are so delicious. It’s possible you may eat the whole pan before you serve the soup, in which case you obviously should make another batch. And you better double it while you’re at it.
Ok, so here is you game plan.
Start your chili today, let it sit overnight… heat it back up tomorrow!
Best Halloween dinner ever. No really. All you need is a side of candy. Oh, and it’ll be Friday, so this is clearly all a win, win!