Make: Super-Creamy (Dairy-Free!) Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Pumpkin Turkey Chili | Photo by Rebecca Boyd

The pumpkin spice craze makes me laugh. Best-ever jab was a sign I saw outside of an auto shop that advertised their “pumpkin spice motor oil.” I used to dismiss the idea of pumpkin chili because the two ideas didn’t meld in my mind. Turns out I can be wrong sometimes  — I know, it was a shock to me, too. It’s almost like magic, but the taste of pumpkin is nowhere to be found and instead you’re left with creamy chili (sans dairy) that’s, if possible, healthier than your average version.

This recipe makes a great big batch, which I love, because I can get another night’s dinner out of it and it’s also gorgeously healthy. Here’s to Sunday football fare with an extra dose of nourishment.

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Show Off Your Chili and Beer Making Skills

phc winters warmerNext Saturday, February 27th is the Philadelphia Homebrew Club’s Winter’s Warmers Chili Cookoff & Homebrew Festival, AKA the perfect time for you to show off your killer recipes. If you feel that your creations are worthy of judgement, here’s what you need to know in order to participate:

The chili competition includes two categories: Traditional, which includes any meat or a combination of meats, red chili peppers, spices, and whatever else you’d like to put in, with the exception of beans, pasta, and garnish. The second category is Anything Goes, which literally means anything goes (you can use beans and pasta). For each category, there will be a cash prize for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and People’s Choice.

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5th Annual Fishtown Chili Cookoff


Today, Sunday, March 29 from 1-4 pm, the Fishtown Neighbors Association is hosting their 5th annual Chili Cookoff at the Skybox at 2424 Studios (2424 York Street).

Restaurants chefs and home cooks will compete for awards including Best Restaurant Chili, Best Resident Chili, and People’s Choice Award (which can be won by either a chef or a home cook).

Some of the restaurants competing include Sancho Pistola’s, Good Spoon Soupery, Fette Sau, Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen and Dottie’s Dinette.

$15 tickets will get you two beers and unlimited chili and can be purchased here , or you can buy a $10 “chili only” pass at the door.

Chili and Homebrew Competition This Weekend

This Saturday at 1 pm.

This Saturday at 1 pm.

In a city where every fire creates an icehouse there are only three things that are guaranteed to warm you up: chili, beer, and firefighters. Thankfully, the Winter’s Warmers Chili Cook-Off this Saturday Feb. 28th has all three.

Tickets to the event can be purchased here. They are $30, which includes all-you-can-eat chili, an event glass, and access to sample the home-brews. To actually enter the chili competition, click here. The fee to enter is $35, which includes entry, a t-shirt and glass, and the ability to buy half-priced tickets for your friends. To enter a beer in the home-brew competition, click here. The first entry is $6, and each subsequent entry is $5.

The event is located at the Philadelphia Fire Fighters & Paramedics Union (415 N. 5th Street), from 1pm-5pm. You can find more info about the Cook-off at the Philadelphia Homebrew Club web site.

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It’s Almost Time For The 6th Annual Philly Chili Bowl

Chilly weather just makes you want chili, doesn't it?

Although BigBite Philly missed an opportunity for some great wordplay (the Philli Chili bowl would have been great), we’re still pretty excited about the 6th Annual Philly Chili Bowl on Saturday, March 14.

So why are we talking about this so early? Because we love chili, that’s why. But also because they’re still taking team entries into the competition.

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It’s a Chili Cook Off at the Cambridge

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On Sunday, November 9th, The Cambridge will be hosting its 3rd annual Chili Cook Off in which 14 competitors will square off to see who can make the “Best Chili in Philly.” The event starts at 2 p.m. and is free to attend.

Guests will sample all of the chilis and vote for their favorite while drinking pumpkin beers of all varieties, everything from sours to IPA.

The Cambridge [Foobooz]

Hallelujah! Hip City Veg’s Chili Is Back for Fall

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Photo via HipCityVeg

Guys, chili season has officially arrived! At least at HipCityVeg: As of today, the restaurant’s über-popular vegan chili—loaded with a drool-worthy medley of quinoa, kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, fire-roasted tomatoes and corn tortilla strips—is officially back on the menu. And in case you couldn’t tell by that description, it is basically perfection in a to-go bowl.

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Do You Have “The Best Chili in Philly?”


The Cambridge is getting set to hold its second annual chili cook off. The event takes place on Sunday, November 10th at 3 p.m. and the South Street bar is still looking for a few more contestants who want to compete for the title, “Best Chili in Philly.”

Guests get to sample as much chili as they like and vote for their favorite. The Cambridge will also have more than ten pumpkin beers on tap.

The competition will be held in the outdoor courtyard, so dress accordingly.

Contestants may sign up by emailing their contact info to:

Cambridge [Foobooz]

HipCityVeg Offers Some Warming Dishes for Winter

HipCityVeg has recently added some new warm offerings for winter. New to the menu are:

Cream of Zucchini
Simple and delicious topped with crispy leeks

Quinoa Chili
Organic quinoa, kidney, pinto and black beans
fire roasted tomatoes
corn tortilla strips

Hot Chocolate
Dutch processed cocoa, organic soy milk
topped with a coconut whipped cream

HipCityVeg [Official Site]

Chili Cook Off at The Cambridge

Calling all lovers of chili both hot and mild: this Sunday, November 4, The Cambridge is hosting their first ever free chili cook off tasting. Fifteen local contestants will compete to earn the title of Best Chili. Guests will vote for their favorite recipes and prizes will be awarded to the top (chili) dogs.

Beginning at 2 p.m., the tasting will be accompanied with over 17 seasonal beers on tap, as well as live entertainment from Petticoat Tea Room at 5 p.m.

The Chili Cook Off Beer List »

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