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Beating the Heat with Chili?

by Meghann on September 21, 2009

It’s nearing the end of September in good ole Central Florida and its as if Summer never left. Temps are still hovering around 90 degrees, hot and humid air is all around and afternoon showers are still to be expected.

However.. Seasonal pumpkin flavors are popping up on my favorite grocery store shelves. Football is taking over the weekends. And TV is fresh again with brand new shows. Fall is starting to sneak in and I can’t help but get in that spirit.

I always forget how much I love Fall until all the great things about it start popping back into my life. Hearty soups and chili being high on that list.

For the past week, I’ve had the biggest craving for Chili. This morning I decided to say screw the hot weather and go ahead and make my first pot of chili for the season. Thanks to your comments and tweets I had plenty of delicious recipes to choose from.

In the end I went with a Pumpkin Chili recipe that was recommended by Caroline.


I slightly altered the recipe to my satisfaction.

My first big change was instead of using pumpkin, I incorporated fresh baked Acorn Squash.


So I guess I can call it Acorn Squash Chili instead?

Other changes included:

  • Addition of Cumin, Pumpkin Spice, Red Pepper Flakes and Garlic Salt to the seasonings
  • Beer instead of Water
  • Pre-cooked brown rice instead of Bulgar

Besides those changes I pretty much followed the simple recipe.

I topped my serving with some Plain Oikos and Crumbled Feta Cheesethe only cheese I had.


It’s a sin to have chili with out corn bread!


I went with simple for this one and used the recipe off the back of this bag of ground cornmeal.



Fresh baked homemade corn bread. There is nothing better.


I definitely had more corn bread then what you see on the tiny plate. πŸ˜‰


I now have plenty of chili left overs to satisfy my cravings for a while.


This afternoon I had a serving of Pecan Love Bites between meetings.



For once in my life I have no desire for any dessert tonight. Who am I?

Instead I’m going to enjoy my ice tea and get some sleep.

Sweet Dreams Everyone!

1 Erica September 21, 2009 at 8:35 pm

You and I were so on the same wavelength tonight πŸ™‚ I made pumpkin & veggie soup! Your chili looks fantastic! Get some rest…I’m thinking of heading to bed too!

2 angieinatlanta September 21, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Acorn squash chili sounds AMAZING! Thanks for the recipe!

3 rhodeygirltests September 21, 2009 at 8:39 pm

very creative use of the acorn squash! why is it so shiny? did you rub it with something???

4 Meghann September 21, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Nope. Not sure why its shiny

5 thefitbride September 21, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Yum! We’re having chili tomorrow. I Twittered the recipe to you, but it’s SO good! Lentils, ground turkey (if you want), water, apple juice and salsa…mmm.

It’s a little colder here, though (high 60s)!

6 Courtney September 21, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Pecan love bites?!? YES PLEASE!!!

Adventures in Tri-ing

7 Evan Thomas September 21, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Pumpkin chili? Hello Fall!

8 Matt September 21, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Good looking chili. I might try that with sweet potato!

9 bobbi September 21, 2009 at 9:30 pm

the weather is still warm here too, but all the seasonal veggies are in full bloom. I bought my first can of pumpkin :). I love CORNBREAD!

10 Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) September 21, 2009 at 9:32 pm

That’s probably because you had a rockin’ dinner! Sometimes dessert just can’t beat it πŸ™‚

Hope you have a good night!

11 foodieinthecity September 21, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Your pumpkin/squash chili sounds heavenly! I have been craving chili this past week too but it has been too hot. It was the perfect temperature tonight for what? Yup, I hate CHILI too!!

Except, I didn’t have the delicious cornbread πŸ™ It wasn’t the same without that as the side.

12 cookinfanatic September 21, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Last time I ate acorn squash I had no craving for dessert either, weird? Maybe it was because mine was covered in maple syrup and brown sugar though haha :/

13 traveleatlove September 21, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Mmm I love pumpkin and chili, so I will have to try them together!

14 Jenna September 21, 2009 at 10:15 pm

looks like ya got some nice leftovers of chili!

15 Lizzy September 21, 2009 at 11:08 pm

MMM glad you got your chili! i’ve been craving this forever, so i can’t wait to whip up some! πŸ™‚

16 Leianna September 21, 2009 at 11:10 pm

That acorn squash chili looks amazing!
It’s cold here in Iowa so that would be perfect right now!

17 Gab* September 21, 2009 at 11:11 pm

The chilli looks delicious! It’s still cool here (Adelaide, Australia) so that’s perfect for our current weather.

18 Steph September 21, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Chili and cornbread…yay for hot foods again!

19 Lauren September 21, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Yum…that chili looks amazing! I’m going to have to make it this week!

20 WholeBodyLove September 21, 2009 at 11:37 pm

I haven’t heard of pumpkin or butternut squash chilli. What a great idea. I swear these butternut squash recipes are sprouting up everwhere and I love it!!

21 Tay September 22, 2009 at 12:18 am

K – I’m glad that you decided not to go with my chili recipe, because now I got to see this interesting recipe! Thanks girl!

22 broccolihut September 22, 2009 at 12:23 am

Yay! I’m glad you liked the recipe! I must bake up some cornbread next time I make it:)

23 Nicci@NiftyEats September 22, 2009 at 1:59 am

Chili looks great, i can’t wait to dive into some when it gets a little colder here.

24 talesfromtwocities September 22, 2009 at 6:10 am

That looks like such a delicious dinner – warm and comforting, yum!

25 Nicole (dishin') September 22, 2009 at 11:53 am

That chili looks so good. Great fall meal!!

26 healthyterp September 22, 2009 at 11:58 am

That chili looks AWESOME! Such a great idea with the squash. I just had my first butternut this weekend πŸ™‚

I’m Tina and I’ve been reading your blog for about a year and a half. I just started my own blog-about trying to stay healthy as a freshman in college! I can’t wait to get involved in this amazing blogging community πŸ™‚

27 Meg September 22, 2009 at 1:29 pm

YUM! What a fabulous chili!

28 atxglutenfree September 23, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Great choice for the cornmeal, it is also gluten free! I absolutely love Lamb’s products. You should try their pancake mix sometime. you would never knows it GF! Love the blog and can totally relate to it! πŸ™‚

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