Festive Pumpkin Dip Recipe
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Festive Pumpkin Dip Recipe

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An unexpected use for pumpkin is in this creamy, zippy snack dip. It's a chunky, satisfying dip perfect for any time.—Evelyn Kennell, Roanoke, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:24 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried beef
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 round loaf (1 pound) Italian or pumpernickel bread, optional
  • Fresh vegetables, crackers or corn chips


  1. In a bowl, beat cream cheese, pumpkin, taco seasoning and garlic powder until smooth. Stir in beef, peppers and olives. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  2. If desired, just before serving, cut top off bread; scoop out bread from inside, leaving a 1/2-in. shell (save the bread from inside to make croutons or bread crumbs or save for another use). Fill shell with cream cheese mixture. Serve with vegetables, crackers or corn chips. Yield: 3 cups.
Originally published as Festive Pumpkin Dip in Taste of Home October/November 1997, p44

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"Have made this several times -- can't tell there's pumpkin in it"

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"This has become a Thanksgiving must. Even those who don't like pumpkin look forward to this dish."

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"This is quick, easy, and everyone loves it at all the parties. They can't believe there is pumpkin in it!"

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2008 Edited Dec. 18, 2010

"This recipe is fabulous. Kids who don't eat or like pumpkin do not even know they are eating it! I have made it for several gatherings and always get rave reviews."

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