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Instant Pot Turkey Paleo Pumpkin Chili

Instant Pot Turkey Paleo Pumpkin Chili is a simple, healthy one-pot meal that can be prepared in a matter of minutes. A gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, whole30 recipe.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt divided
  • 2 pounds ground dark meat turkey
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon mild chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 medium yellow red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 15-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 15-oz can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Optional toppings: chopped scallion chopped cilantro, sliced jalapeno, sliced avocado, sour cream, cheese


  • Add the olive oil to an electric pressure cooker. Turn to saute, add the onion and ¼ teaspoon salt, and saute for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the turkey, sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, stirring to break into chunks. Saute for an additional 4 minutes, until lightly browned.
  • Sprinkle in the garlic, cumin, chili powder, and smoked paprika, and saute 1 minute, until the spices are fragrant.
  • Add the bell pepper, tomato sauce, pumpkin, chicken stock and 1 teaspoon salt, stirring to combine.
  • Secure the lid, select the manual setting, and set it to high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • When the pressure cooker timer is done, quick release the pressure.
  • Remove the lid and add the lime juice. Taste and add additional salt if desired. Serve with additional toppings if you like.

Stovetop variation:

  • Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Follow steps 1-3, omitting the stock.
  • Bring to a high simmer, cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer 20-30 minutes until thick.
  • Add the lime juice and serve.


The chili will be on the thin side just after cooking. Allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes and it will thicken.
Serve with all the optional toppings in small bowls to create a DIY chili bar.
Encourage your child to top his or her own chili however they like.
Prefer to make it in the crockpot? Check out this recipe!

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