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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Reviewed May. 3, 2014

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

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."

Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

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

Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

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

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."

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