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Festive Pumpkin Dip

 Festive Pumpkin Dip
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
24 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
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