Pumpkin Jalapeno Chili Recipe and Halloween Party Ideas

Pumpkin Jalapeno Chili Recipe and Halloween Party Ideas

pumpkin chili recipe from createdbydiane.com

OMG, this is just the best pumpkin chili recipe ever!

So delicious and easy to make and perfect when the weather starts cooling off and my go-to recipe for Halloween night and Halloween parties, when my kids were young, I would throw a party every year for Halloween! This was one of the most enjoyed recipes. 

We’d do bobbing for apples, and all the fun stuff. 

But as far as the main dish goes when you have just a few or lots of people to feed this is the best, the leftovers heat up so well too.

You can use ground beef, or ground chicken, or ground turkey in this dish if you prefer. 

It’s super fun piled on a bag of fritos too! I’ll show you later…

When I plan a Halloween party, the first thing I think of is the food. Tell me I’m not the only one. For some, it’s the shopping, decorating, or costumes. For me, it’s all about the food.

This Halloween Party features my new Pumpkin Jalapeno Chili, I’ve attempted pumpkin chili before with mediocre results. This year I got it right. Yippee! I like to keep the food simple and delicious so that I can enjoy the party.

Halloween Party  food


The party food included caramel apples, Pumpkin Jalapeno Chili, pretzels with caramel and sprinkles, radish eyeballs with cream cheese and olives, breadstick skeleton bones, and mozzarella finger with grape tomatoes.


But the main event is always chili,

the other recipe I make often is my Green Chicken Chili

Be sure to whip up a batch of my Cornbread Recipe it goes with any variety of chili and is a crown pleaser!


Halloween Party Ideas and Pumpkin Jalapeno Chili Recipe

The perfect Fall or cool weather meal, ready in no time! The flavor is outstanding. Add more jalapenos if you like it spicy!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 + servings


  • 3 lbs ground beef
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 diced onion
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Hot Mexican Chili Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon beef flavor beef bouillon
  • 4 jalapenos roast them until they are black on the outside, then remove seeds and rib and dice
  • 4 cans drained black beans


  • In a large pot, brown beef with onion and garlic.
  • Add pumpkin, chili powder, cumin, pumpkin pie spice, cloves, water, beef stock, and jalapenos.
  • Stir in black beans and heat thoroughly.
  • Serve with grated cheddar cheese and scallions.
  • You can serve it over a small bag of Fritos Corn Chips for a walk around on the go chili, or with breadsticks.
  • This recipe can be cut in half for a smaller portion.



There were plenty of bags of Fritos to load the chili into which I think the kids liked best.

The spiderweb tablecloth made this table really stand out, everyone loved it.

As soon as I saw the witch’s hat and cape I knew I had to decorate using them.

I thought the watermelon made a great witches prop.


 It wouldn’t be Halloween without lots of candy.

What a fun party!

Halloween Party Games

Kids always like eating powdered donuts off the clothesline without using their hands, wrapping each other in toilet paper as mummies, and bobbing for apples. Lots of fun for everyone!

Mummy cupcakes are always a big hit at Halloween Parties.


Fun Halloween Ideas @createdbydiane






  1. Cute, cute, cute! LOVE the witch hat and cape! And, I’m SO right there with you on the food! I have such fun planning the food too! Love it!

  2. Ding Dong! I’m at the door, sorry I’m late for the party, any left-overs? Looks like I missed one heck of a good time not to mention the great food, decorations and treats.

  3. I am going to have to try that chili recipe soon- we love pumpkin AND chili but have never tried them together! The mummies are adorable, too, such a great idea!

  4. This is brilliant. I love the idea of adding pumpkin spice to chili, what depth of flavor I bet it creates. These photos are lovely but I’m like you…I always think of food before costumes or decoration!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating