So I found this wonderful recipe for a pork and pumpkin chili that you must try. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/pork-and-pumpki...
I made some minor changes though.
1. I decreased the pork to two pounds [If you are vegan use chickpeas or black beans instead]
2. I used strong flavored beef broth instead of beer
3. I added a 1/4 cup of corn starch [alternatives to use are white flour or rice flour] in one cup [of the 3 cups] of water to thicken up the soup.
Highly recommend this Pork and Pumpkin Chili; and if you try it and make your own unique modifications, feel free to share!