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Pumpkin Sloppy Joes Recipe

Pumpkin Sloppy Joes Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 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
  • American and mozzarella cheese slices
  • 8 hamburger buns, split


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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, 30 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 15 g protein.