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Pumpkin Sloppy Joes for 2 Recipe

Pumpkin Sloppy Joes for 2 Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Pumpkin Sloppy Joes for 2

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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!"

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2010

"Suprisingly good! I tripled the recipe to feed 6, but left the pumpkin at 2/3 cup. I was hesitant to increase it since this was my first time making it, but I'll bump it up a bit each time I make it again. I also added a bit more chili powder to give a little more punch. My kids ate it right up and weren't mortified when I told them there was pumpkin in it (after they finished)! This one's a keeper!"

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2008 Edited Oct. 11, 2011

"We liked the taste and the texture. A nice change of pace from regular sloppy joes."

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2008

"Great gluten free recipe conversion - use GF catsup and serve over mashed potatoes. We use ground turkey for even lower fat. With all the seasoning you don't miss the hamburger. We've made this two weeks in a row. It's really good."

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