Pumpkin Turkey Chili


3 tbs vegetable oil 1 C sweet onion, chopped (equ: 1 lg sweet onion) 1/2 fresh green & yellow bell pepper, chopped 1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies 1 lg clove Garlic, minced (more if you like, I usually use 2) 2 lbs ground Turkey 1 can (1405 oz) petite diced tomatoes (can use ones with green chilies added) 2 cans (14.5 oz) small white beans 2 cups pumpkin puree (plain) 1- 14.5 oz can 1 1/2 tbs chili powder 1/2 tbs cumin ground 3/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 1/4 tsp Cayenne red pepper (more if you like spicier) 1/2 c fresh cilantro chopped (more if you like) 1 bag fancy shredded cheddar cheese (optional) 1 container sour cream (optional)

Directions: heat oil in large skillet or Dutch oven over medium high heat, I cook all in one pot, so I use Dutch oven. saute the onion, green & yellow pepper, green chilies and garlic until tender, about 10 mins or so stirring occasionally. Make room in the center of the pot, add turkey, and brown about 10 -15 mins. Stir in tomatoes, beans and pumpkin. Add seasoning, chili powder, cumin, pepper, salt and cayenne. Reduce heat and simmer at least 20-30 mins stirring occasionally to aviod sticking. Stir in cilantro, simmer another 5-10 mins. When ready to serve add cheese and sour cream