Pumpkin Sloppy Joes for 2 Recipe
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Pumpkin Sloppy Joes for 2 Recipe

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Donna Musser of Pearl City, Illinois shares her “vine” version of an old standby-sloppy joes made with pumpkin! She adds cloves, nutmeg and chili powder for extra zest and suggests serving with dill pickle slices on the side.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons tomato juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • Dash each ground cloves and nutmeg
  • Dash pepper
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 hamburger buns, split

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 350 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 730mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 3g fiber), 27g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2-1/2 starch, 3 lean mea


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Add the ketchup, tomato juice, chili powder, cloves, nutmeg and pepper. Bring to a boil. Stir in pumpkin. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Serve on buns. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Pumpkin Sloppy Joes in Cooking for 2 Fall 2007, p19

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Reviewed Nov. 20, 2012

"This was a good change-up from regular sloppy joes. The cloves and nutmeg add a nice flavor. I added some chopped garlic, too."

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2012

"Serve this as a chili instead of on a bun and save 100-150 calories per serving."

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2012

"Awesome. Enough said!"

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"I didn't have rolls so I called it chili and it's still really, really good."

Reviewed Oct. 21, 2010

"Loved this recipe! The pumpkin gives a nice flavor and texture!"

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