Thursday, November 18, 2010


"For ....we can make liquor to sweeten our lips
Of pumpkins and parsnips and walnut-tree chips."

~ Henry David Thoreau, 'Walden' (1854)

Autumn Texture Overlay
(original photo at Franklin Cider Mill, Franklin MI)

~ A delightful autumn twist on traditional chili, rich in flavor and ... the simmering smell ... simply divine!
(a repost seasonal favorite in case you missed it)
2-3 lbs. lean ground beef
2 large chopped onions
1 chopped red pepper
1 chopped green, yellow, or orange pepper
2 (28 oz.) cans diced tomatoes with juice
2 cans rinsed black beans
1 large can pumpkin puree
1 can sliced black olives
1 bottle (12 oz.) Pumpkin Ale
(e.g. America's Original Pumpkin Ale - Buffalo Bill's Brewery
or Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale)
2 heaping Tbsp. chili powder (or more to taste)
2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 pinches of brown sugar
coarse salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
sour cream
chopped green onions
  • Cook beef in large stockpot until well browned. Drain excess fat.
  • Add onions and peppers and cook until soft. Add tomatoes and juice, beans, pumpkin, black olives, beer, spices, brown sugar, salt & pepper. Bring to boil, lower heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour. Adjust seasonings. Let rest a bit before serving or refrigerate (even better) and reheat.
  • Ladle hot chili into bowls and, if desired, top with dollop of sour cream and chopped green onions. Warm White Cheddar Scallion Muffins are delicious on the side.
Note: Easy make ahead treat for Thanksgiving house guests.


Garden Lily said...

That sounds like an interesting and delicious twist on chili. I'm guessing the ale and spices would contribute nicely to the aroma.

JP said...

Interesting and tempting..

joey said...

Indeed the ale/spices add to the delicious twist and autumn smells, Garden Lily.

Hi Jalin ... thank you!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Joey, I would never have thought of using pumpkin and ale in chili but it sounds delicious.


The Giraffe Head Tree said...

OMG, this sounds tantalizingly delicious! Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Dearest Joey, Oh to be a Thanksgiving house guest with you and savour the delights of Pumpkin ale....something I am sure is not available in the UK !!

As for Buffalo Bill's Brewery....that does indeed sound like a wild place to visit!!!

Cat said...

Joey, your autumn mosaic is beautiful and inspiring!! Love it!

RURAL said...

I'm nuts about anything pumpkin, and this sounds delish.

Can't wait to give it a try.

Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes, and of course the amazing photographs.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Carol said...

Gee, I have never heard of pumpkin ale do they really make ale from pumpkin? I love the poem and images you share here today Joey!

joey said...

I often use beer in my many variations of chili, Eileen, and this pumpkin ale, very seaonal, is perfect for this autumn recipe. (Lucky to find after October since now into winter brews.

Do hope you give this a try, Giraffe Head, and let me know if you like it as much as I do :)

Dearest Edith, pumpkin ale is awesome. Not a huge beer lover, I do love this, especially in this recipe that cries for this seasonal treat. Do you dine on pumpkin in the fall? A must for me throughout October and November. Come December, it's only a rich memory ...

Thank you, Whimsical. Autumn Joy :)

Thank you, dear Jen. We enjoy so many of the same things, I do hope this will be included in another shared love :)

Indeed they do, Carol! Added to classic ale ... vine-ripened pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice, an autumnal taste treat! Thank you, fun friend. Happy Thanksgiving!

Chad said...

Just the right photos to get me in the mood for Thanksgiving.

What Karen Sees said...

Oh this image is so beautiful! How do you do this??? So creative and lovely. And the pumpkin chili sounds wonderful. I've tried several of your recipes and have loved them all!

Kala said...

Joey - this recipe sounds fantastic with the Pumpkin ale. I will give it to my fiance to try in the kitchen!

Esther Montgomery said...

It really is extraordinary how you keep coming up with recipes. I'd run out after five posts!


CanadianGardenJoy said...

Joey girl that sounds delicious !
I love pumpkin incorporated in so many different dishes : )
The art overlay is so pretty too .. puts me in a very seasonal mood for sure ! Thanks girl : )

Anonymous said...

Pumpkin ale is new to me! And the recipe sounds delicious! I'm fascinated by the images in your collage. Pumpkins never looked that good!:)

Marysol said...

Joey, I use beer in my Chili, and even chocolate. Yes, I'm a riddle wrapped up in an enigma. But, I'm telling you it is knee-slapping good!

And your Pumpkin Chili sounds fine to me. So I'd love to try it, now that temperatures have dropped.
I may not have Pumpkin Ale on hand, but do you think that'll stop me? Nope.

Chloe m said...

I need to make some chili. It is the perfect time of year. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
The collages are gorgeous, as always!

debsgarden said...

Just in time for Thanksgiving! Sounds interesting; I'm try to imagine chili beef and pumpkin tastes blended together. I have to try it!

imac said...

Great pics and love the 1st collection.

fer said...

Great pictures!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hello Joey girl again !
i just wanted to drop by and let you know I changed my blogname/link in case you might look for me .. it is ... see you later !
Joy : )

joey said...

Nestled in back home and catching up, Chad. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving :)

Karen, you are a dear and thank you. The look is simply a texture plus multiple exposure. Delighted you are enjoying some of my favorites. Happy Thanksgiving :)

Thanks Kala ... let me know if you like it!

Good one, Esther! My life is filled with experimenting ... just ask my family that sometimes groans ... there she goes again!

Thank you, dear Joy. Autumn hugs (I'm with you on your new name!)

Thanks, Kanak. Pumpkin ale is not only good for cooking but a bit of sipping too :) Wish you lived near and could share :)

I'm with you on beer and chocolate in chili, dear Marysol. I have many different recipes that suit my many moods :)

Thanks Rosey! Totally agee it's chili time, one of my easy favs for feeding hoards of family/guests.

Be adventurous and give it a try, Deb. A good/healthy combo of autumn taste treats. Do hope you enjoy :)

Thank you, dear imac!

Welcome fer and thank you. So enjoyed connecting and visiting your lovely blog.

Life without you would be very boring ... I'm with you, dear Joy! Thanks for the update.

Wendy said...

I bet this chili is amazing. I may try it in the slow cooker. Beautiful autumn collages.

Rick said...

Beautiful overlay, beautiful collages.

Just spent some time catching up on all your wonderful posts (whew - so many blogs to visit, so much to see, so little time ...).

Always inspiring photography and words of wisdom.

Have a great week joey !

joey said...

Thanks Wendy ~ yes, though not into slow cooker recipes, this chili would be perfect. Happy Thanksgiving :)

Thank you, Rick. It's always a joy catching up with your beautiful images too. And a joyful week to you :) Much of mine will be spent shopping, cooking, and entertaining ... lucky me!