Pumpkin and Apple Elk/Venison Chili Recipe
By angelamontana


It’s definitely Fall, and the temperatures are expected to keep dropping.  What do we look for when the weather is cold outside and we are cozy and warm inside our wall tents?  Comfort food!  Here is an awesome Fall recipe from purelyprimal.com for those who like to add some spicy sweetness to their main dishes:

Pumpkin and Apple Elk/Venison Chili

Ingredients:
  • 2 pounds of ground elk meat or venison
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1½ cups of pumpkin (you can use regular canned pumpkin if you don’t have a pie pumpkin to cook – Note: Make sure you are cooking a pie pumpkin as using a carving pumpkin is not the same)
  • Tomatoes. I had a couple of canned ones here, but you could chop up about 2 large or 3 small ones.
  • 3 apples, peeled and cubed
  • 1 pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ½ of a leek, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • ½ can coconut milk (full-fat please, no lite stuff!)
  • 1½ tablespoons of chili powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1½ tsp of allspice
  • ½ tsp sea salt
Instructions:
  1. If you are using a regular pie pumpkin, cut the top of the pumpkin as if you were getting ready to make a jack-o-lantern, then clean out the seeds, etc. Cut the pumpkin into quarters and place upside down on a pan (bake the “lid” too! Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
  2. For this recipe you only need to use one-quarter of the pumpkin. Scrape the inside into a food processor. You can scrape the rest and freeze it for use in another recipe.
  3. While the pumpkin is roasting, start with the veggies by melting coconut oil on low-med heat in a pan and throw in the apples, pepper, onion, leek, garlic. Cook until soft. Pour into the Crockpot.
  4. Add the tomatoes to the Crockpot.
  5. Next, use the same pan to cook up the meat.
  6. While the meat is cooking, put the pumpkin into a food processor along with the coconut milk and remaining spices. Process until smooth. Add to the Crockpot along with the meat when it is done.
  7. Stir everything together.
  8. Cook on low for a couple of hours to let all the spices and flavors incorporate. Enjoy the flavors of fall!

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