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Pumpkin Sloppy Joes

 Pumpkin Sloppy Joes
When my oldest granddaughter gave me eight of the 50 pumpkins she grew in her backyard, I didn't know how I'd use them all up! Then I remembered this recipe from a dear friend—I'm glad I tried it. I froze some of the pumpkin to use in this and other recipes, and also froze some of the sloppy joe mixture to enjoy later.—Eleanor McReynolds, Scott City, Kansas
8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 hamburger buns, split
  • American and mozzarella cheese slices


  • In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat
  • until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the pumpkin, tomato
  • sauce, brown sugar, mustard, chili powder and salt. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cut American cheese slices with a pumpkin-shaped cookie
  • cutter. Cut mozzarella cheese into shapes (triangles, half-circles,
  • etc.) to make pumpkin faces. Spoon meat mixture onto buns and top
  • each with a pumpkin. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 250 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 607 mg sodium,

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Nutritional Facts: 30 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 15 g protein.