Pumpkin Sloppy Joes Recipe
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Pumpkin Sloppy Joes Recipe

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

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 250 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 607mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 15g protein.


  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.
Originally published as Pumpkin Sloppy Joes in Country Ground Beef 1993, p20

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kristenkcole User ID: 2348391 20528
Reviewed May. 3, 2014

"Great way to add an extra healthy element (pumpkin) to sloppy joes."

Elaryia User ID: 7466571 20557
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2013

"I've been serving this for years, but had lost the recipe. My family love it, it's economical and easy to make. The salt can be reduced or eliminated, if sodium is an issue."

sgronholz User ID: 1473861 15105
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"I've been making this recipe for well over 15 years and my family loves it!"

muffbear74 User ID: 209131 40875
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"Pumpkin adds an interesting textre. Next time, I may try ground turkey instead of the beef."

lareeone User ID: 2203881 41879
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2010

"Just finished making this and it really is very good. I made it with ground turkey and my entire family loved it. I will be making this again and again. Never thought of using pumpkin for anything else other than bread. I am so glad someone was kind enough to share this recipe."

truette User ID: 761437 18575
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2009

"I would make this again. Wonderful, quick, easy. I was looking for new ways to use pumpkin."

Joannelemler User ID: 473819 47402
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2009

"The texture of the pumpkin removed the chunky meatiness of a sloppy joe. To use it up & not waste it, I served it over pasta. It was better that way."

cmott User ID: 2961071 18574
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2009

"This has been a family favorite for years now and probably the best sloppy joe recipe I've tried."

inhisfamily User ID: 750452 17203
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2008

"This was awesome! OUr church had a pumpkin fellowship where all kinds of food containing pumpkin was served. I made these and they were a hit! People were asking if there was any more and were disappointed when they found out they were gone. We are approaching the same pumpkin fellowship this week and I will be bringing these again.

Dawn, South Dakota"

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